Collars to Casual - 1630 to 1640

Ruffs were gone by 1630, but the successors to ruffs, collars, were largely gone by 1650. Portraitists depicted women in un-shaped skirts topped by casual-looking bodices; "casual" that is if one ignores lavish jewels and satin. The 1630s were the period of balloon (virago) sleeves - sleeves made of three big round puffy balls reaching from shoulder through elbow to wrist, a style I associate with buccaneers and swashbuckling.

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