In the 14th century, Italian women's clothing became a status symbol. Increases in personal wealth, imports from the East, improvements in textile manufacturing and the rise of influential merchants lead to increasingly luxurious clothing.
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Fourteenth century women's underwear was simple. It consisted of a plain tunic with long, tight sleeves called a chemise and knee-length stockings.
A woman's outer garment consisted of a long, "V" necked gown with a flowing train. The front of the skirt was sometimes tucked into the belt. Details included scalloped edges and long, loose sleeves.
Unlike her Northern European counterpart, a 14th Century Italian woman often went hatless. Young women would either braid their hair or twist it with ribbons and wrap it around their heads. Older women wore a veil that wrapped all the way around the head called a wimple and a turban-like hat called a chaperon.
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