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Costume for Men During the Period 1650-1680

Costume for Men (1650- 1680)

Negar Sultana
Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University),
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: negar_toma21022010@ymail.com


Costume for Men (1650- 1680):

Collars & bands were other  a part of shirt or a separate piece . These enlarged at the front to form of bib like, often lace trimmed, construction. After 1665 a long linen tie served as an alternative to the collar. Changes the doublet caused shirts to become more visible & more important. Shirt was the common costume for men during that period.

Men’s Shirt(1650- 1680)
Men’s Shirt(1650- 1680)

This garment shortened ending several inches above the waist. Straight & unfitted through the body doublet sleeves ended the elbow. There were also some sleeveless forms.

Doublet (1650-1680)
Doublet (1650-1680)

The most important variations were these.

  • Short ,straight & ending at the knee.
    Short  Breeches (1650- 1680)
    Short Breeches (1650- 1680)
  • Full & drawn in to tie at the knee.
  • Petticoat breeches or rhine graves: a divided skirt rather like a modern culotte , that was cut so full that it gave the appearance of a short skirt.
    Petticoat Breeches (1650-1680)
    Petticoat Breeches (1650-1680)
  • Wide ruffles attached at the bottom of breeches were called canons.
    Canon breeches(1650- 1680)
    Canon breeches(1650- 1680)

The origin of these breeches, popular from about 1650 to 1675 is uncertain, but the name rhine graves would indicate that they may have originated by Germany.

The origin of the prototype of what eventually provided into the three piece suit is thought to be a garment that was introduced to the English court by Charles II in 1666.

Vests (1650- 1680)
Vests (1650- 1680)

Called by contemporaries a “vest” a term used in clothing same Persian garments of somewhat short-cut. It is thought to have a oriental antecedents. The basic pattern of a long coat & long vest underneath worn over a shirt & breeches did become the basic components of men’s dress not only in England but also in France by around 1680.

Outdoor  garments:
These included cloaks or capes & coats which were cut full, some versions ending at the knee & obscuring the costume beneath.

Outdoor Garments (1650- 1680)
Outdoor Garments (1650- 1680)

Hair & headdress:
Some men shaved their heads & worn long curling wigs. Others  dressed their own hair in long curling styles.

Curling Wigs (1650-1680)
Curling Wigs (1650-1680)

Men wore hats indoor & outdoor and in church.
The most important styles were.

  • Wide brimmed, low-crowned, feather trimmed hats.(This style was associated with “ Cavaliers” or supports of the British royal family.)
  • High crowned, small brimmed captains. ( This style was associated with  supporters of the Puritan faction, opposed to the king, in England.)
    Men’s Hat (1650- 1680)
    Men’s Hat (1650- 1680)

Footwear was the another attractive costume for men. Shoes had elaborate rosette, ribbon & buckle trimmings. Shoes were preferred to boots for fashionable dress. Boots were worn for riding & in bad weather. The term galosh appears in contemporary records.

Men’s Shoes(1650- 1680)
Men’s Shoes(1650- 1680)



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