Male hair styles and head gear in the 1500’s

This post is very much a work in progress.

I gather pictures of head-gear. I find them in illuminated manuscripts, sketches and in paintings. Some of the pictures are quite small and a bit blurred, but I thought it was important to have pictures from different sources rather than just the famous high quality ones. I gather pictures of head-gear. I find them in illuminated manuscripts, sketches and in paintings. Some of the pictures are quite small and a bit blurred, but I thought it was important to have pictures from different sources rather than just the famous high quality ones.

In the 1500’s both the beret and the biretta1 became popular.

A beret is a soft, round, flat-crowned hat.

The biretta (Latin: biretum, birretum) is a square cap with three or four peaks or horns, sometimes surmounted by a tuft. Traditionally the three peaked biretta is worn by Roman Catholic clergy and some Anglican and Lutheran clergy.

The chaperon continued to be worn at least though the first half of the century.

Male commoners’ headgear and styles


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