Collection: Typical Tudor woman set

What did the typical Tudor woman wear? 

The typical woman’s wardrobe usually included linen smocks and at least one kirtle or petticoat. These terms referred to similar garments worn over the smock and under the gown and sometimes together from 1485 to 1603. It is clear from analysis of their inclusion in wills, inventories and other documentary data that both words were in use for most of the century but that kirtle was the earlier word and petticoat the later. Typical women wore gowns on top of their kirtles/petticoats. Gowns were aspirational garments. Everyone had one for best, if they could afford it. An alternative, less formal, option was the waistcoat.

The Typical Tudor provides further details on all these garments such as conventional colours and textiles.