Aren’t You Glad we Don’t Have Sumptuary Laws Anymore…Mostly?

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A lot of people aren’t familiar with the concept of sumptuary laws. It used to be that what you could wear was restricted by your social class and, of course, your gender. (Sumptuary laws also covered things like food, gambling, furniture…)

This wasn’t just a matter of custom, in many places it was a matter of law. Not that it worked; people would always find a…

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