original drawing by
Estelle Ansley Worrell
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Cromwell died in 1660 and Charles II became King of England; the somber period in English clothes was over. Clothes were more extravagant than ever with new styles being tried.

The doublet has been changing over a period of years and is becoming the coat that men will wear until the American Revolution with only minor changes.

This man's coat is not only longer, but fuller too, as it flares at the hem. The sleeves are short and cuffed to reveal the shirt underneath. The buttons continue all the way to the hem (see Figure 49). Only the buttons over the chest are fastened and the full shirt puffs out below. The vest or waistcoat will soon be worn to fill in the gap.

He wears a soft collar which falls toward the front. In a few years the collar will become longer and softer and more to the front until it becomes the cravat of Figure 63. It has ties with crocheted bell ends.

His breeches are full and gathered at the knee. They are decorated with a row of ribbon loops at the waist in front.

His high-heeled, square-toe shoes are tied in front over large flared tongues. The stockings have decorative clocks at the ankles. They are gartered with ribbons.

He wears a large, wide-brimmed hat that is flatter and lower at the crown. Men are experimenting with hat brirns now by turning them up in various ways; in a short time the idea of turning it up in three different places will become the fashion. His hair is frizzed and curled.

He wears one fur-trimmed glove while holding the other. Gloves were given as gifts for both weddings and funerals. Fur niuffs were worn in winter.

The entire outfit is of a dark color exce t for the shirt and collar. Red was a popular color and, of course, conservative slack was worn a great deal.