Tudor and Elizabethan Ruffs
"Her Majesty's pleasure is that no blue starch shall be used or worn by any of her Majesty's subjects, since blue
was the colour of the flag of Scotland "
The year 1615 saw the beginning of the end of the large starched ruff and by 1640 it was the falling ruff that was
becoming more popular.
Interestingly, between 1570 and 1625 the fan-shaped ruff with an open neck was only worn by unmarried women.