She gave us the historical background of the clothing worn during the early 1600's. Prior to 1649, Charles I was on the throne. His followers were known as Cavaliers or Royalists. Men wore collars made of handmade lace and doublets (jackets) with slashes on the sleeves to show off the undersleeves. There was a lot of embroidery on their clothing, often with silk or silver-gilt thread. They would wear the long curled wigs and a big hat with ostrich feathers.
Women would wear poofy sleeves and real pearl necklaces. Their dress bodices were long-waisted to enhance their tiny waists (often 15" due to corsets). They wore a farthingale of wicker or whalebone to widen their skirts.
|Puritan dress vs Royalist dress|
In 1660, Charles II regained the throne and fancier fashion returned to England. Clothing in the colonies remained more subdued, however, because fancier cloths had to be imported, and people were occupied with making a life in the harsh colonies leaving little time for embellishing clothing.