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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 allowedColor of Clothing allowedItem of Clothing allowed
King, King's mother, children, brethren, and unclesSilkPurpleAny Clothing
Dukes, Marquises, and EarlsSilkPurpleDoublets, jerkins, linings of cloaks, gowns, and hose
Dukes, Marquises, and EarlsSable Fur  
Knights of the GarterSilkPurpleMantles only
Above Viscounts, and barons, and other persons of like degreeTinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with any goldGoldDoublets, jerkins, linings of cloaks, gowns, and hose.
Above Viscounts, and barons, and other persons of like degreeCloth of Silver, Tinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with any goldSilverDoublets, jerkins, linings of cloaks, gowns, and hose.
Above ranksWoolen 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.VelvetCrimson, or Scarlet 
Above ranksFurs  
Above ranksEmbroidery or tailor's work having gold or silver or pearl thereinGold or SilverEmbroidery
Above ranksGenets 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 stableClothing trimmed with gold or silver or pearl; silk netherstocks; enameled chains, buttons, agletsGold or Silver trimmingsCaps, hats, hatbands, capbands, garters, or boothose
As aboveSatin, 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 budgeGrey FurGown, coat, uppermost garments
Knight, son or heirScabbards 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 aboveDeep BlueGowns and cloaks, and in coats, jackets, jerkins, coifs, purses
Lord Chancellor, Treasurer, President of the council, Privy SealVelvet, satin, or other silksExcept purple 
Lord Chancellor, Treasurer, President of the council, Privy SealFursBlack 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 corporateCottons and taffeta

All Except silk, velvet, damask or satin

Except crimson, violet, purple, deep blue. 
Status or
Position of Men
Material of Clothing allowedColor of Clothing allowedItem 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 PositionMaterial of Clothing allowedColor of Clothing allowedItem of Clothing allowed
Queen, Queen's mother, children, and sisters, and auntsSilkPurple 
Duchesses, Marquises, and CountessesSable Fur -
As aboveCloth of gold or gold tissueGoldGowns, kirtles, partlets, and sleeves
Viscountesses, baronesses, and other personages of like degreesTinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with any goldGoldCowls, partlets, kirtles and sleeves
Viscountesses, baronesses, and other personages of like degreesCloth of Silver, Tinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with any silverSilverCowls, 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 honorVelvetsCrimson 
Furs - genets and lucernsBlack 
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 wolfGrey 
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, countessesLiveries 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 honorVelvet, tufted taffeta, satin  
Gold or silverGold or silverPetticoats
Knights' daughtersDamask, taffeta, or other silk Petticoats
Damask, taffeta, or other silk Cloaks
Status or PositionMaterial of Clothing allowedColor of Clothing allowedItem of Clothing allowed

Sumptuary Laws - Tudor Clothes allowed for Rich Women


 

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