WHAT WE WORE

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - BEHIND THE HEADLINES -

This por­trait of a Dutch East In­dia Com­pany mer­chant and his fam­ily shows off fash­ions that were also cur­rent in Great Bri­tain at the same time. This was the decade when the three-piece suit of coat, waistcoat and breeches, first be­gan to emerge for men. Women’s dress had a long stiff­ened bodice with a deep V-shape at the front, skirts pinned or pulled back and ar­ranged to re­veal a con­trast­ing pet­ti­coat be­neath. Men’s hair was cen­trally parted and worn long.long It may have been aided by pieces of false hair, and, cer­tainly by the late 1660s, with full wigs. Women’s hair was also full at the side and ringlets were fash­ion­able, fall­ing away from the face.

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