Sumptuous materials, that were plain-colored and brocaded, continued to be use during this period and jewel use increased. This is the period of the collar and collars were starched very high with many ruffles.
Men and women wore them big or small. Long waists, long legs, small long heads were the ideal for a beautiful person. The square silhouette was replaced by this long slender look. Huge hips became the vogue and with that so did the hoop.
Men wore their hair short but if the man was a fop he would have short hair with a single love lock over the shoulder. Beard were commonly worn by men and it was a small beard with a neatly trimmed point.
The hat that was fashionable was a hat that had a stiff brim and gathered crown that would be worn at a jaunty angle on the head. The stove pipe was another hat that was popular.
Women wore their hair drawn away from the ears and fluffed out at the temple. Hair was brushed straight back off the forehead in the style of pompadour. The widow's peak was a fashionable detail to the hairline. Blond and Red hair was popular once again and many women bleached and dyed their hair and even wore wigs in those colors. Make-up was worn in court often. Female hats were copies of masculine styles in hats. The women even wore the sugar-loaf with the widish brim.
The color scheme of costume at this time were combinations of white and black, black and gold, and black and red. They used Full tones of red, green and blue and bright hues of orange-tawny and flame, will pale tones like yellow-green, saffron and watchet blue. Pearl and Gold were included in any elaborate ensemble.
Notable Elizabethan Costume Elements
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