Opulence and lavish fashion were on an upward trend in Europe in
the 1500s, especially for the upper class and royalty. Lace,
feathers, ruffles, highly ornate embroidery and even jeweled
embellishments were all characteristic of this era’s clothing – for
both men AND women.
Women would have worn a either half- or full-sleeved gown over an
undergarment called a kirtle (a baggy type of jumper) or a bodice
and petticoat. Men’s fashions featured linen ruffs (ruffled
collars) with matching wrist pieces. They would have worn linen
shirts under a jacket (doublet) or vest (jerkin) over hose of one
style or another.
Capes, long and hooded cloaks and, for men, military-style jackets
were popular outerwear in this era.
Fabrics such as linen and finely printed silks would have been
imported from Asia and other foreign land. These more exotic
materials would have been afforded by only the richest folk, ready
and willing to literally wear their wealth on their sleeves!