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Basic Chart of Tudor Sumptuary Laws for Dress
These laws dictated what color and type of clothing, furs, fabrics, and trims were allowed to persons of various ranks or incomes. In the case of clothing this was intended, amongst other reasons, to reduce spending on foreign textiles and to ensure that people did not dress "above their station"

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ericsorient Night Dressing? 0 Jun 23 2010, 8:03 PM EDT by ericsorient
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Does anyone know exactly what women wore to bed during the Tudor era or on the show? I am currently putting together a fan fiction and I want to get it correct. Thanks!
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jmccoy2272 Sumptury Laws 6 Jan 30 2009, 3:38 PM EST by Bluevanillalady
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Okay, so Im not a complete shallow clothes horse but seriously. Jail if I wear silk in Tudor times? Knowing me I would see a design I like and wear it only to get arrested for the bit of embroidery on the sleeve. Anyone else think these laws are completely insane?
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karenofbethany What Not to Wear, Tudor style 1 Jan 18 2009, 1:47 PM EST by beardedlady
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The fashion pages are delicious and addictive. Have any of you read the sumptuary laws regarding what various persons of ranks could or could not wear? They are a roar! Somebody tell me what I could be arrested for - dare I, a mere peasant, wear a prinking with gold silver or silk even if I wanted to play dress-up? What were the sentences for breaking these laws? DId the fashion police go into the bedrooms to see if any of the women had a little velvet on their nighties?
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