English women preferred the English hood, so Elisabeth I is very fashionable wearing a French hood in this painting. The French hood is a round coif, covering most of the hair and ears. Attached is a veil that is almost always black, which covers the back of the head.
Because the French hood showed the front part of the hair, the more conservative ladies at court thought it was pretty scandalous to wear it.
The English hood
Older, or old-fashioned women would wear the English hood or gable hood. From the back two tube-shaped veils hang out, which could be pinned up in various headdresses.
This hood would cover all the hair, explaining why the revealing French hood was found frivolous.
The English hood was only fashionable at the English court (hence the name..).