WHAT WE WORE
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.