_Tudor England is famous for its beautiful clothing; particularly
during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Clothes were a means of displaying how
wealthy a person was. Rich people could afford clothing made of fine wool, linen
or silk. Their clothes were decorated with jewels and embroidered with gold
thread. No rich person felt properly dressed to impress unless he or she was
wearing a ruff. Like so many Tudor clothes, it gave a strong signal about the
wealth and importance of the person wearing it.
Rich ladies wore padded skirts held up with loops. Over these
went bodices and colourful floor-length gowns. Women's clothing gave them a
triangular shape. Their corsets were tight fitting making their waists very
thin, while their petticoats and gowns were very wide.
Rich men wore white silk shirts, frilled at the neck and wrists.
Over this they wore a doublet (a bit like a tight-fitting jacket), and
close-fitting striped trousers (called hose). Men's clothes made them look
square. They wore short jackets and the shoulders of their coat were cut
Everyone usually kept their hair shoulder length. It was all to
do with fashion, a bit like ripped jeans are today. It was the in thing to wear
ruffs and for ladies to make their stomachs as small as they could by wearing
corsets and wide skirts. There are many paintings of Tudors especially the Tudor
king and queens. By studying these paintings we can see what clothes were worn
by the Tudors, especially rich Tudor
Poor people wore simple, loose-fitting clothes made from woolen cloth. Most men wore trousers made from wool and a tunic which came down
to just above their knee. Women wore a dress of wool that went down to the
ground. They often wore an apron over this and a cloth bonnet on their
heads. Tudor fashion changed in late Tudor Times.