Plus Size Clothing Designers Still Influenced Today By The Fashion From The 1500

In the early 1500’s women’s dresses had extremely high neckline’s and were trimmed with decorative lace ruffling that went from underneath their chin back towards the crown of their head showing very little skin around the neck. The sleeves were trumpet-shaped and covered their lower arms and wrist. I have notice this design revamped today usually in designs for women’s evening wear and bridal wear. The trumpet sleeves seem to go in and out of fashion but if you really want this style sleeve it is still available in a variety of women’s plus size dresses and women’s plus size tops.

Women's Suits: by Lisa Rene

The women’s jacket below from My Shape is an example of how the ruffle neckline worn in the early 1550’s and how it still influences the stylish range of women’s plus size clothing still available today.

Around the 1550’s the women’s fashion moved towards dresses having wider shoulders this look was achieved with a square broad low neckline with padded loops decorated in jewellery, the loops going from front to back sitting below the shoulders. Chemise were worn underneath the dresses and covered women from top to bottom all trimmed with beautiful lace trim showing around the edge of the dresses neckline and collar. There are still plenty of women’s plus size dresses today with the square neckline and padded loops over the shoulders but you’re not likely to find anyone wearing the full chemise underneath anymore. Below are examples of similar styles in todays women’s plus size clothing available at Women’s Suits in their women’s plus size formal wear category.


The bodice of the dresses worn in the 1500’s were stiffened and featured stylish hooks and lace at the back to draw in the waist to achieving the perfect “V” or “U” line depending what country you lived in. The V line dresses and the “U” line are still used extensively in women’s plus size formal wear and the stiffened bodice is a common feature in strapless gowns today. Hooks and lace are still very popular in women’s plus size evening wear and women’s plus size vintage clothing stores. The plus size wedding dresses below are just a few of the many designs available at Light In The Box in their women’s plus size bridal collection featuring similar “V” line styles with the hooks and lace designs from the 1550’s.  The picture’s of women’s plus size evening wear below are taken from Women’s Suits featuring in their Women’s Plus Size Dresses category and they are an example of the beautiful plus size evening wear similar to designs found in women’s fashion in the 1500’s.

The Renaissance era or often referred to as the medieval era peaked between 1500-1700 and the fashion worn by  the peasants and working women during this period are still very popular today in countries all around the world. This fashionable  clothing has proven the test of time and is usually referred to now as gothic, punk or renaissance. The Pictures below are from the collection available at Chic Star in their women’s plus size vintage, plus size punk and plus size gothic clothing categories available online today.

In the early 1600-1700 the length of a petticoat or skirt told its own story. This item of clothing revealed a woman’s place in the hierarchy. A women with a skirt or petticoat finishing just above the ankle would have worked as a kitchen hand or been considered lower class. These women could never have worn a longer skirt as it would have been impossible for her to stay clean or carry out chores without tripping over. On the other end of the scale was the queen who wore a petticoat or skirt measuring 11 foot and the train needed  to be looped over her left arm at all times to keep the excess material from hindering movement.

The pleats in a woman’s skirt in the 1500’s also reveals to us the county a woman was from. In England and France skirts were narrower at the hip and sewn in knife pleats but the pleating in skirts worn by the Dutch were cartridge pleats also seen in the costumes today as they were much faster to sew and were worn back then by lower class women.

Hi there

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Xmas and New Year break. I would like to thank everyone for the kind comments lately, it’s really nice to get some positive feedback.  The blog above is actually one of my regular women’s plus size clothing article’s distributed through articlebase they are easily accessable for anyone interested through my article’s and blog page at

I have included a women’s plus size clothing directory of every shop listed any of my blogs or articles to use as a quick reference for anyone searching for plus size clothing and accessories online.
I enjoy reading and writing about a variety of subjects, at this point in time my writing has centred around my passion for shopping plus size clothing and fashion and the issues relating to women of plus size. Myself and many like me we would all like to see a positive change in the future in the way our society presently perceives the average womans’ body image and size.


2 responses to “Plus Size Clothing Designers Still Influenced Today By The Fashion From The 1500

  1. I’ve always thought the ruffled neckline is really classy, I love the style.

  2. The trumpet sleeve design has been coming into vogue recently. I love how fashion combines older styles with a modern feel.

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