Puritan Clothing


The puritans were engaged in a cultural and religious battle with the Anglican hierarchy in England and over in the American colonies. There clothes reflected their religious beliefs in simplicity and modesty. It was not just the puritans who turned to plainer dress, there were many other protestant sects that had similar ideas, but the term puritan has become synonomous with this trend towards simplicity. Additionally, once the roundheads had won the Civil War, this plain dress became the de facto standard at least until the Restoration in 1660.

Inigo Jones, 1652 An English Puritan
Puritan reading Bible


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