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17th Century Fashion and Trends

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Social Studies Age Level Post-Secondary

Colonial America was characterized by intensely detailed and heavy clothing. Details were emphasized greatly on clothing because it displayed elegance and power. Detailed clothes were worn by the wealthy upper class group due to how expensive it was to get them.  Some of the most important pieces included big gowns, big hair, ruffled collars, heavy jewelry and corsets to shape women's waist. Men also styled ruffled collars, fancy hats, and working shoes. Most of the items displayed below were made for the middle to upper class group.