On Stockings

Then have they nether-stocks to these gay hosen, not of cloth (though never so fine) for that is thought to base, but of Jarnsey worsted, crewel silk, thred, and such like, or els at the least of the finest yarn that can be, and so curiously knit with open seam down the leg, with quirks and clocks about the ancles, and sometime interlaced with gold or silver threds, as is wunderful to behold. And to such insolency and outrage it is now grown, that every one (almost), though otherwise verie poor, having scarce fortie shillings of wages by the yeer, wil be sure to have two or three paire of these silk neither-stocks, or else of the finest yarne that may be got, though the price of them be a Royal or twentie shillings or more, as commonly it is; for how can they be lesse, when as the very knitting of them is worth a noble or a royall, and some much more? The time hath beene when one might have clothed all his body well for less than a pair of these neither-stocks wil cost.
Their [Women's] netherstockes, in like maner, are either of silke gearnsey, worsted, crewell, or, at least, of as fyne yarn, thread, or cloth, as is possible to be had, yea, thei are not ashamed to weare hose of all kinde of chaungable colours, as greene, red, white, russet, tawny, and els what, which wanton light colours, any sober chaste Christian can hardly, without any suspicion of lightnesse, at any tyme weare; Then these delicate hosen must bee cunningly knit and curiously indented in every point with quirkes, clockes, open seame, and every thing els accordingly: wherto they have corked shooes, pincnets, pantoffles, and slippers, some of black velvet, some of white, some of greene, and some of yellowe; some of spanish leather, and some of English lether, stitched with silk, and imbrodered with Gold and silver all over the foote, with other gewgawes innumerable.

Citation Type  Prose
Citation Year 1583