Fashion in Tudor times tended to originate at court and because communication was
such a slow process in those days it could take between 5 and 15 years for a new
clothing fashion to travel from London to other areas of the country.
The Tudor era spans over a hundred years of British history and fashions for the
wealthy changed a great deal in this time however for the poorer people it was a
different story. The poor wore simple garments of coarse linen or wool while the
rich indulged themselves with silks, satins, velvets and lace.
The middles classes tended to be people like merchants, doctors and lawyers. Their
mode of dress would often denote their profession. Quite often the merchants were
wealthier than the nobility and therefore could afford more costly fabrics. It was
common practice for merchants to marry their children into the nobility in order
climb the social ladder.
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