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Stimpzilla's Sumptuary Law
Renaissance Sleeves and Accessories
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Another more pratical consideration is the "airing out" of sleeves. If one wears a set of sleeves one day at faire for example, one may find after a hot day that an alterante set of sleeves not only changes the appearence of one's gown but also gives the first set a chance to dry out. This has the added benefit of making your sleeves last longer. Changing out your sleeves and underskirt or fore panel when traveling means that one needs only to bring one gown and still have look beautiful and attract the attention of admirers. A very period way of dressing during the renaissance. The sleeves offered here are made to tie onto your bodice with rings and ribbon which can be added to the sleeves. They are intended to spice up your wardrobe.
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Renaissance Sleeves And Sumptuary Laws
Instead of investing their income back into their lands, some of the nobles had become so interested in fashion that sumptuary laws were put into place. The reasons for this were predominantly economical. If one put all one's income into their clothing none was being spent on horses, military and the food to feed the soldiers. A strong defense was always needed. Additionally there were many lost business investments. So the sumptuary laws were put into place to keep business going.
In order to put a stop to this out pouring of money into clothing, the sumptuary laws were enacted. Certainly this was not the first time a society had chosen to do so. Sumptuary laws had existed even in Ancient Egypt. And this leads one to believe that people throughout out time liked to look their very best. Obviously our own society has a propensity to spending on designer clothing and fancy cars.
The Italian sumptuary laws governed how much one could spend on their sleeves by the economic and social rank of a particular family.
A bit of side bar musings about why Italian sleeves might have been the popular fashion choice
Another factor most likely was the fact that sleeves could be exchanged, given as gifts and were even part of inheritances. Due to the amount of workmanship and jewels sewn onto these sleeves they were very valuable. So the competition for the best sleeves would show status both financially and aesthetically. Besides, wouldn't you rather keep your wealth on your sleeves, rather than hidden in a box?