11 thoughts on “SNARK WEEK: Partlets ≠ Shrugs

  1. I really don’t see why it is so damn difficult to get right!!! Lmao. I know from experience that a partlet is one of the easier items of clothing to create – cut and stitch – for a woman’s wardrobe of this period. I am always a little taken aback when I see those ‘kicky shrugs’ used in historical flicks and I wonder which source material they are misreading and getting so horribly wrong. Maybe, perhaps, it is a degree of wishing to make the costumes more “relatable” (arrrrgh!) by bunging their lead actresses in bizarre bolero jackets… but it is just so wrong, wrong, wrong and looks terrible and ill designed. It is possible to do, as your fantastic examples above prove, so why don’t they do it? Bah, I say!

  2. That see-through item in the Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli portrait does look much more like a fichu/neck-handkerchief than a partlet.

  3. Is a gollar considered a partlet? Because painting #2 looks like a gollar. Which is as far as I can tell 1) rounded, 2) wool or silk and lined with fur and thus for keeping warm and 3) a 16th century German thing. Whereas my partlets are much thinner and used to 1) not sunburn the boobs and 2) be pretty and decorative, since one of mine is very embroidered but the shirt is not.

  4. I’m curious because in the “Unknown Lady” art, she’s wearing two different styles of partlet at the same time; the sheer-with-ruff one, and the fabric one. Was that a thing?

    (In the gawdawful kicky denim shrug pic at the top, you can see something vaguely sheer under it, so maybe that’s what they were going for? Dunno, can’t see past all the denim.)

  5. Functionally, this feels kind of like the 16th century equivalent of a dickey collar.

  6. One point of confusion for me in your very informative article, The Pelican Portrait looks to me like a fine, white linen, partlet-styled chemise with blackwork and gold thread embroidery. Could be my eyes, could be my tablet, but I don’t see how the sleeves are different than the fabric on chest and neck. Of course as Queen, she is the fashion setter. Could you please enlighten me?

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