From about 1550 to 1570, Pieter Aertsen and Joachim Beuckelaer made a wonderful number of paintings depicting working class folk, selling in the market, working on the docks, and hanging out in their homes. Though they did travel around a bit, it seems that most of the painting would have been based on people in Antwerp. I am making some outfits for my husband and I based off of the paintings of the artists above. I already started collecting and comparing the various parts of female dress, and here’s the companion post for the guys!
First up, hats!
Hats are super common, although not quite the only option: there were several hatless men, mostly those sitting indoors.
I did not find a single image that showed bare shirt sleeves. Not on children, not on men doing physical labor, not on dudes chilling out in their houses. But there are several glimpses of white at the necklines and cuffs, so they definitely wore shirts next to their skin, but always with more layers on top.
Short Sleeved Tunic Thingy
Long Sleeved Tunic/Doublet/Thing
I love that the guys outfits have simpler to understand layers compared to the ladies! But still plenty of variation to play with: lots of color choices, sleeve lengths, neckline styles, hats, number of layers, loose and comfy or fitted and streamlined.
The three pictures above are the ones that I want to replicate (at least loosely). The two on the left are similar, while the right is quite different.
Stuff I need to make:
- Yellow front-opening tunic.
- Red sleeveless vest (perhaps lined in a light yellow to double up as the vest for the left image?).
- Fitted red hose. The middle image looks like he might be wearing loose pants, but fitted will be fine too.
- Circular apron.
- Red hat (I already have a black one).
- Simple shirt with rounded neckline.
- Fancy shirt with ruffled collar of sexiness.
- Orange-brown paned pants and hose.
- Maybe a yellow doublet too.
Yay plans! I’ll try to post process pictures soon!