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Medieval Costumes



Many clothing fashions were established during the hunting trips. Often a noble would arrive garbed in a new outfit which the wealthy and under class surrounding the hunt would emulate, thus spreading the style.

Renaissance and medieval costumes are popular not only during Halloween but all year round. They are worn for Renaissance Fairs, festivals, plays and for Medieval and Renaissance theme weddings. Lovely maidens and valiant knights gather and make merry while wearing their Adult Renaissance costumes and medieval costumes.

The tunics worn by the poor class of the society had basic structure and quality. The poor class women wore dresses that were made of only single garment. There were not crafting works or other designs used in the dresses. However, the higher ranked women used to wore very high quality dresses.

There was a clear distinction between the upper class and the lower class people by looking at their clothes. The peasants used to wear very simple clothes in the medieval ages. There was the specificity of the dresses among the people. Different class people used to wear different clothes. The best medieval renaissance dress was made for the kings.

Certainly as the time brought more changes, the difference between the attire of the two classes became more prominent and later, was named as 'wench costume' for all low-class working women. These may include the following types of costumes of women: sailor, pirate, gypsy, Victorian and many others.

Some crusaders brought back new materials and different styles. A tunic stayed the same, but hose took the main place, and were made prettier with jewels, embroidery, and fur trimming. In the high gothic period stockings became so long trousers were almost eliminated.

During the period of 1300 - 1400 Women's coats and surcoats often trailed on the ground. Hats consisted of a frame of wirework covered over with stuff which was embroidered or trimmed with lace. During the period of 1400 - 1500 the women wore long trains to their dresses which were eventually shortened. Sleeves became long, hanging and embroidered or fringed.

Usually, when you think of medieval costumes, the word 'sexy' doesn't come to mind. However, renaissance costumes and medieval clothing certainly have the potential to be sexy. For example, lacy bodices, tight corsets, and low-cut gowns were all worn throughout the medieval and renaissance periods.

Renaissance clothes are fairly similar to medieval costumes. Renaissance dresses and renaissance gowns tend to highlight the soft, sensual curves of a woman, and are designed to make her look almost ethereal.

For men, renaissance costumes are more flowery than their medieval counterparts. The nobility, in particular, wore colorful, puffy renaissance clothing. Often, these clothes were made with materials that were rich and heavy.

   
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