Williamite Clothing

William of Orange was practically invited to mount a coup against the Catholic James II. The successful usurption of the throne led to a period of more sobering clothes - although not as austere as during the Puritan period. It also led to an infusion of Dutch fashions into England and then its colonies. Long and stiff jackets with plenty of buttons were in vogue for the men and similarly more modest and prim bodices became the fashion for women. Wigs continued in use although they became curt and businesslike. They tended to complement the Tricorne hat which itself would become established as the hat of choice during this period.

King William III, c1690 Queen Anne, c1690
Man of Fashion, 1700


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