What are three major differences between Italian and Northern European Renaissance costume styles and silhouettes?

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The most striking difference between clothing of the Northern countries and Italian states during the Renaissance was in the silhouette of clothing. Northern countries were very bold and experimental and went so far as to change the silhouette of clothing by adding puffs to clothing and padding to stockings and shoulders and sleeves (rather like the big-shouldered fashion of the 1980s). Italian states followed suit but in a tamer manner while keeping more in the tradition of Medieval fashion. Men's hair could be worn long or short, straight or curly according to taste and began to tend toward short. Women wore their hair in either complex arrangements or in simple styles with just a kerchief. Women always wore hair coverings. Shoes for both men and women were flat, without elevated heels.

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