When you think of a costume inspired party, what automatically comes to mind are daring sword fights, princes and princesses and of course their medieval costume. The styles they wore varied from place to place and their social status in life. Although the medieval clothes were distinct in every country, the common material used was wool and its quality depended on the breed of sheep and where the sheep was raised.
In the earlier medieval period, there was not much of a difference between the male and the female medieval costume as both wore long tunics together with a belt and a cloak. The difference was that men wore beards and sometimes the length of their dress is only up to their knees. As the era passed by however, the medieval clothing also evolved and there emerged a considerably great difference from the male and female medieval dresses. The women’s clothing already had a waistline and a neckline.
In choosing the costume that would best go with your style, there are some things that we have to learn about why and how the men and women wore their medieval clothing during the medieval era.
As the medieval costume was the symbol of a person’s social reputation, their clothing became a mark of their social standards and glamour. Priests and friars and monks generally wore hoods while the lords of manors and other well off people wore hats made of felt as well as overcoats that were made of fine leather.
Rich people were dressed in beautifully woven medieval dresses with sparkling gemstones embedded all over their dress. Ladies coming from the upper class stratum wore long gowns and dresses that boasted of extravagant styles and had been personalized from fine and expensive materials.
Those of royal bloods such as kings and queens wore medieval costumes that were very expensive and quite brilliant. The materials used were woven from silk and were absolutely stunning. In addition to this, they wore crowns as their head dress to complete their royalty appearances.
Remember King Arthur? Yes, surrounding the king and queen were their knights who wore their medieval costumes as armors covered by a cloak or a tunic.
The middle class and those from the lower strata wore medieval clothing that were manufactured from cheap textiles and were shapeless and rough. Laborers and shoemakers’ coats wore coats made of wool and the sleeves were woven with fur.
Peasants’ medieval costumes consist of a hat and shirts made of linen that they themselves have woven.
One of the most famous costumes that is often worn during costume inspired parties is that of Robin Hood. Who would ever forget the famous outlaw who robs the rich and gives to the poor? Another such famous medieval costume is that of Maid Marian, the damsel in distress of the famous outlaw himself. Other well loved medieval costumes have been based on the famous love triangle of King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot including the famous Knights of the Round Table, and the tragedy lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
Regardless of what medieval costume you choose, the feel of being transported back to hundreds of years ago – a time of kings and queens, knights and fair maidens, outlaws, jousting and chivalry existed; a time of castles and lavish feasts, pilgrims and pageantry were present, where spears and lances and shields, chain mail, armor and helmet were used for battle – will always be a welcome and most cherished experience.
By Juan Craig P Stokes
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