Fashion in 17th
The fasion in general.
At this time the French fashion dominates both men and women. They used short pants with silk stockings sucks and jacket, in the middle of the century, becomes smaller and lateral folds back and narrow sleeves. With the fall of the French dynasty becomes simple dress and panties set up to mid-calf, vest, tie and jacket, skirts with high neck and flight, powdered wigs and topped with a bow, even hats three or two peaks are carried. After the revolution, long straight hair, high conical hats cup or tube, with short and later colored shoes with heels that ties or buckles and boots with round leaves are added wings. The woman wears painers or verdugados broad and flattened on two fronts, acorsetado bodice and neckline with chiffon or lace. Polonesas, gowns with lace collar and long sleeves.
In the following years each of these items was undergoing a series of transformations. An example of this is the hat, now the most used is the tricorn hats or 3 points against low wing, which was still used by the clergy and some workers.
Survive, the previous century, some types of layers, but soon were replaced by the capes. It is also the case of shoes that were used, which were slender and long. Gloves and scarves go from being decorative to functional.
On the other hand, women's dress cut undergoes a change, completely different from the male costume. They move away from the excesses of Renaissance dress looking for more freedom and confort.
The Fashion in Spain
Diego Velázquez worked for Felipe IV for nearly four decades, through his masterful portraits can appreciate the various changes that occurred in the seventeenth century Spanish fashion. As I have stated repeatedly, the menswear was quite immobile. It consisted of three basic parts: doublet doublet and hose, with black as the predominant color. Women's fashion, however, reached a dimension of luxury and ostentation difficult to understand. The ruff was abandoned by men in 1623 due to a pragmatic trying to eradicate the soaring costs assumed these necks, while the ladies continued to use a few more years as witness the work of the Sevillian painter. This complicated motif was used not only in Spain but also other countries fell in singalong being the top rated Flemish lace.