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Tudor Clothes for the Rich

Tudor Clothes for the Rich
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 Rich 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! Silks, velvets and furs were the most expensive materials and fabrics to produce and therefore limited to higher status clothing of rich Tudor men. The following table lists the Tudor clothes for rich men as dictated by the Sumptuary Laws or Statutes of Apparel.

Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Rich Men

Status or
Position of Men
Material of Clothing allowed Color of Clothing allowed Item of Clothing allowed
King, King's mother, children, brethren, and uncles Silk Purple Any Clothing
Dukes, Marquises, and Earls Silk Purple Doublets, jerkins, linings of cloaks, gowns, and hose
Dukes, Marquises, and Earls Sable Fur    
Knights of the Garter Silk Purple Mantles only
Above Viscounts, and barons, and other persons of like degree Tinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with any gold Gold Doublets, jerkins, linings of cloaks, gowns, and hose.
Above Viscounts, and barons, and other persons of like degree Cloth of Silver, Tinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with any gold Silver Doublets, jerkins, linings of cloaks, gowns, and hose.
Above ranks Woolen cloth made out of the realm   Caps only
Dukes, Marquises, Earls, and their children, Viscounts, Barons, and Knights of the Garter, or any person being of the Privy Council. Velvet Crimson, or Scarlet  
Above ranks Furs    
Above ranks Embroidery or tailor's work having gold or silver or pearl therein Gold or Silver Embroidery
Above ranks Genets or Lucernces (Furs) Black Fur  
Barons' sons, Knights and gentlemen in ordinary office attendant upon her majesty's person, and such as have been employed in Embassages to foreign princes. Velvet

Fur of leopards

Embroidery with any silk

  Gowns, Coats, or other uttermost garments
The gentlemen attending upon the Queen's person in her highness's Privy chamber, cupbearers, carvers, servers, Esquire for the body, Gentlemen Ushers, or Esquires of the stable Clothing trimmed with gold or silver or pearl; silk netherstocks; enameled chains, buttons, aglets Gold or Silver trimmings Caps, hats, hatbands, capbands, garters, or boothose
As above Satin, damask, silk, camlet, or taffeta   Gown, coat, hose, or uppermost garments
As above Fur whereof the kind groweth not in the Queen's dominions, except foins, genets, and budge Grey Fur Gown, coat, uppermost garments
Knight, son or heir Scabbards of swords, daggers, etc    
Knight, son or heir or above Gilt   Spurs, swords, rapiers, daggers, skeans, woodknives, or hangers, buckles or girdles
Knight, son or heir or above Velvet   Hat, bonnet, girdle, shoes and pantofles
Knight, son or heir or above Satin, damask, taffeta, camlet   Doublets
Knight, son or heir or above Sarcanet, camlet, or taffeta   Facing of gowns and cloaks
Knight, son or heir or above As above Deep Blue Gowns and cloaks, and in coats, jackets, jerkins, coifs, purses
Lord Chancellor, Treasurer, President of the council, Privy Seal Velvet, satin, or other silks Except purple  
Lord Chancellor, Treasurer, President of the council, Privy Seal Furs Black except for black genets  
Justices , Barons of the Exchequer, Master of the Rolls, sergeants at law, Masters of the Chancery, of the Queen's council, apprentices of law, physicians of the King, mayors and other head officers of any towns corporate Cottons and taffeta

All Except silk, velvet, damask or satin

Except crimson, violet, purple, deep blue.  
Status or
Position of Men
Material of Clothing allowed Color of Clothing allowed Item of Clothing allowed
Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Rich Men

 Tudor Clothes for Rich Women
The Sumptuary Laws were designed to limit the expenditure of Tudor women on clothes and to maintain the social structure of the Tudor Class system. Silks, velvets and furs were the most expensive materials and fabrics to produce and therefore limited to higher status clothing of rich Tudor women. The following table lists the Tudor clothes for rich women as dictated by the Tudor Sumptuary Laws or Statutes of Apparel.

Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Rich Women

Status or Position Material of Clothing allowed Color of Clothing allowed Item of Clothing allowed
Queen, Queen's mother, children, and sisters, and aunts Silk Purple  
Duchesses, Marquises, and Countesses Sable Fur   -
As above Cloth of gold or gold tissue Gold Gowns, kirtles, partlets, and sleeves
Viscountesses, baronesses, and other personages of like degrees Tinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with any gold Gold Cowls, partlets, kirtles and sleeves
Viscountesses, baronesses, and other personages of like degrees Cloth of Silver, Tinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with any silver Silver Cowls, partlets, kirtles and sleeves
Wives of Knights of the Garter and of the Privy Council, the ladies and gentlewomen of the privy chamber and bedchamber, and maids of honor Velvets Crimson  
Furs - genets and lucerns Black  
Wives of barons' sons, or of knights. Velvet   Gowns
Furs of leopards  
Embroidery of silk  
Spangles or pearls of gold, silver, or pearl   Cowls, sleeves, partlets, and linings
Enameled chains, buttons, aglets, and borders    
Satin, damask, or tufted taffeta   Gowns, kirtles, or velvet in kirtles
Fur whereof the kind groweth not within the Queen's dominions, except foins, genets, bodge, and wolf Grey  
Daughters of knights, and of such as may dispend 300 marks by the year so valued ut supra, and the wives of those that may dispend 40 by the year. Silk grosgrain, doubled sarcenet, camlet, or taffeta   Gowns
Satin or damask   Kirtles
Gentlewomen attendant upon duchesses, marquises, countesses Liveries given by their mistresses   Liveries
Wives of barons, knights of the order, or councilors' ladies, and gentlewomen of the privy chamber and bed chamber, and the maids of honor Velvet, tufted taffeta, satin    
Gold or silver Gold or silver Petticoats
Knights' daughters Damask, taffeta, or other silk   Petticoats
Damask, taffeta, or other silk   Cloaks
Status or Position Material of Clothing allowed Color of Clothing allowed Item of Clothing allowed

Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Rich Women


 

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