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Doublet and harem pants in the 16th century

The doublet (plural doublets ) is a form of jacket and an early stage of today's vest .


Originally, a doublet was the under jacket of the Franconian armored riders , which was worn for padding under the armor. The doublet found its way into civilian clothing in the 13th and 14th centuries; Until about 1500 an overcoat was always worn over it.

Around 1500 the doublet became independent as a garment in the course of Spanish fashion . The aristocratic man wore melon trousers stuffed with tow , bran or horsehair , which - only thigh- length - encircled the legs in a spherical shape. The common man wore unstuffed, barely knee-length trousers made of wool.

An upper garment in the manner of a doublet worn around the 15th century is called a gippe .

Until the invention of the long-sleeved vest in the 17th century, the doublet was used as a men's outer garment. In the baroque era it was then replaced by the vest.


  • Karl Köhler: A history of costume. Edited and augmented by Emma von Sichart. Courier Dover Publications, New York NY 1963, ISBN 0-486-21030-8 , p. 179.
  • Wolfgang Seidenspinner: The Myth of Opposite Society. Explorations in the subculture of the Jauner (= international university publications. Vol. 279). Waxmann Verlag, Münster et al. 1998, ISBN 3-89325-640-7 (also: Bayreuth, Univ., Habil.-Schr., 1996).

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: doublet  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Wolfgang Schneider: Folk culture and everyday life. In: Ulrich Wagner (Hrsg.): History of the city of Würzburg. 4 volumes, Volume I-III / 2, Theiss, Stuttgart 2001–2007, Volume 1 (2001): From the beginnings to the outbreak of the Peasants' War. ISBN 3-8062-1465-4 , pp. 491–514 and 661–665, here: p. 511.