Tudor Clothes for the Poor

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Tudor Clothes for the Poor

Tudor Clothes for the Poor
Tudor clothes and fashion varied according to whether the person was a member of Royalty, the Nobility, Upper Class or one of the poor, working class. But whether a man was wealthy or poor he was not allowed to wear whatever he liked due to the Tudor Sumptuary or Statutes of Apparel. Colors, styles and materials were dictated by class and rank. The higher the rank the more choice of materials, styles and colors that could be worn.
The rank and position of Tudor men and women would be immediately recognised by the color, style and material of their clothes.

Tudor Clothes for Poor Men
The Sumptuary Laws were designed to limit the expenditure of Tudor people on clothes and to maintain the social structure of the Tudor Class system! Wool, linen and sheepskin were the most inexpensive materials and fabrics to produce and therefore limited to low status clothing of Poor Tudor men. In 1571 a law was passed which decreed that everyone over the age of 6 years old had to wear a woollen cap on Sundays and on holidays in order to help England's wool trade, of course, royalty and the nobility were excused from obeying this law. Another interesting fact is the taller the hat the more important the man - poor men wore woollen flat caps. The following table lists the Tudor clothes for Poor men as dictated by the Sumptuary Laws or Statutes of Apparel.

Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Poor Men

Status or Position Material of Clothing allowed Color of Clothing allowed Item of Clothing allowed
Lower Class Men Wool, linen and sheepskin Brown, beige, yellow, orange, russet, green, grey and blue (not the deep Poor indigo but dyed with woad)  
Lower Class Men Silk, taffeta and velvet trimmings allowed   Buttons and the facing of coats, cloaks, hats and caps
Status or Position Material of Clothing allowed Color of Clothing allowed Item of Clothing allowed

Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Poor Men

 Tudor Clothes for Poor Women
The Sumptuary Laws were designed to limit the expenditure of Tudor people on clothes and to maintain the social structure of the Tudor Class system! Wool, linen and sheepskin were the most inexpensive materials and fabrics to produce and therefore limited to low status clothing of Poor Tudor women. The following table lists the Tudor clothes for poor women as dictated by the Sumptuary Laws or Statutes of Apparel.

Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Poor Women

Status or Position Material of Clothing allowed Color of Clothing allowed Item of Clothing allowed
Lower Class Women Wool, linen and sheepskin Brown, beige, yellow, orange, russet, green, grey and blue (not the deep blue indigo but dyed with woad)  
Lower Classes Women Silk, taffeta and velvet trimmings allowed   Buttons and the facing of coats, cloaks, hats and caps
Status or Position Material of Clothing allowed Color of Clothing allowed Item of Clothing allowed

Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Poor Women


 

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