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  1. Party Like It’s c. 1615

    New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and I hope you all have your party outfits ready!  If not, check out these English blokes for some inspiration…  [Ladies, check back tomorrow for wild-dressing lasses.]

    English artist, Dudley, 3rd Baron North, c. 1615, oil on canvas.  Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonEnglish artist, Dudley, 3rd Baron North, c. 1615, oil on canvas.  Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    Look at those pom-poms!

    Paul van Somer, King James I, 1618, oil on canvas.  Royal Collection, LondonPaul van Somer, King James I, 1618, oil on canvas.  Royal Collection, London

    BTW, the garter that King James I wears above reads Honi soit qui mal y pense (“Shamed be he who thinks evil of it”), so don’t hate on his outrageous outfit!

    English artist, Sir William Playters, c. 1615, oil on canvas.  Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich and Colchester Museums, ColchesterEnglish artist, Sir William Playters, c. 1615, oil on canvas.  Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich and Colchester Museums, Colchester

    Awkward pose, goofy ruff, and dressed in part armor, part formal wear?!?  WTF?!?

     
     
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