When one thinks of this period, it is easy to see only the rich use of bows, ribbons, and embroidered decoration, missing the careful structure that lies beneath. This period, however, marks a change from the flamboyance of the previous years, to a more structured, classical Baroque. This can be seen while examining the cut of clothing, rather than the superficial decoration.

The English costumes of this time, though based on the French, were far less structured with a softer appearance.

By 1685 the fashions of Europe were much heavier than those of the past twenty years, but the grandeur of the earlier times remained.