Farthingales had gone out of fashion in England during the reign of Charles I., and therefore their use by the Portuguese ladies astonished the English. Evelyn also remarks in his Diary on this ugly custom (May 30th, 1662).
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
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From MaureenThe farthingale, a key feature of Tudor dress, would have seemed very old fashioned to Pepys and his contempraries - in England it did not long survive the start of the seventeenth century. Lots more information at - http://costume.dm.net/farthingale/ -
SP "They are not handsome, and their farthingales a strange dress."