What did Galileo wear?


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Portraits of Galileo Galilei show him wearing a dark-colored doublet or jacket over a shirt with a wide, flat collar. His clothing reflects European men's fashions in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

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Galileo was born in 1564 and died in 1642. During his lifetime, most men of the middle and upper classes wore a close-cut padded jacket over a linen shirt with deep cuffs. They also wore knee breeches that were fastened to their doublets by laces or ties and were worn with knee-length stockings. Short cloaks or capes were worn except in inclement weather, when longer cloaks were worn. Men also wore hats with a tall crown and shoes cut with a tongue.

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