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Saturday, 1 November 2014


A doublet was a man's close-fitting buttoned jacket with or without sleeves that was shaped and fitted to the man's body. Traditionally worn with hose (stockings) it was a familiar garment in Western Europe from the Middle Ages through to the mid-17th century.

Tight-fitting, buttoned down the front, and belted around the hips, the garment was first known as a gipon before being called a doublet.

Though simple in shape, the doublet could be richly worked to display wealth; The Earl of Leicester in 1588 left seven doublets and two cloaks worth £545.

Sources Europress Family Encyclopedia,, Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia  

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