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Fashion style of the baroque epoch

style of clothing from the Baroque period (mid-17th to the end of the 18th century), distinctive for its loose fitting, elaborate ornamentation and the use of bold colours, silk brocade and lace. Women's clothing was more stylized; the front piece of the long skirt was slit, revealing an underskirt. At the hips the garment was generously gathered and lifted using iron hoops. The bodice, at first boned, was laced. The cut was square; the garment's front was richly ornamented with lace. The hairstyle was layered, contained a hairpiece, and was adjusted using a wire construction. Men's clothing was composed of a wide jerkin, which at the end of the 17th century was ornamented with embroidery and ribbons; sleeves were folded up, revealing an ornamented shirt. The open front piece of the jerkin revealed a waistcoat which extended to the knee. The shirt had wide lace cuffs and a collar with chain. Trousers reached to the knee and were worn in combination with silk stockings, which most commonly were white. {The wig was an indivisible part of this attire.) This manner of dress created the basis of the man's suit today, composed of jacket, waistcoat and trousers.


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