About Men's medieval costumes
Welcome to section “Men’s medieval costumes”. Here you can see traditional outfit of different classes of the medieval Europe.
Every item is being tailor by hands according to customer’s individual measures and personal regards. Costumes conform to historical analogues, which you can see in paintings and miniatures.
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- Choose fabric for your outfit: cotton, linen or wool;
- Define the required colour;
- Add lining (if available);
- Define your size.
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Warrior's costume was rather simple in the XII century. There were undergarment – chemise (undershirt) and braies (pants). Such clothing was sewn of homespun cloth or linen. Chausses – thigh-length stockings – were worn over the braies. Chausses were not sewn together from top. And at the bottom, they had sole or footstrap – it allowed good fitting on the legs. With lacing or strings, chausses were attached to the holes in the waistband of braies or to the special belt.
Cotta – wide and comfortable piece of cloth – was usually worn over the shirt. Tailors sewn it of bright-coloured soft fabrics. It could be knee or calf length.
Sleeves of cotta were long, neckline was square of round shaped. Sleeveless upperdress surcoat was worn over the cotta. It was sewn of materials of contrast colours and was decorated with embroidery, trimming, buttons or fur.
If a man was from knighthood, he was wearing a gambeson over the cotta. This padded underarmour was used with chain mail or plate armour. Gambeson protected warrior against the contact with cold metal and provided with additional protection. Due to its thickness, padded underarmour was buffing the blows and saving from the injuries and fractures.
In the XIV century, men were dressing houppelande (or houpelande) – long outer garb, widen to the down. This garment were typical for elderly feudals, merchants or prosperous citizens. It made an accent on the social state of owner and level of income. Houppelande was usually decorated with rich embroidery, beautiful applications, trim, buttons and fur or even with pearls. Headwear of bizzare form was completing this costume. It was called chaperon and had festoon edges and long “tail”, which could be tied over the head or neck.
The younger representatives of European upper class of the XV century were dressing foppishly in the tight waist length doublets. Such outer garment had sleeves puffed from the top and tight on the wrists. Neckline cut and wristbands were usually fastened with buttons or lacing with metal points.
The most part of European knights were taking participation in crusading stunts. Costume of Crusader was rather simple: white (preferably) cotta over the long chemise. There was always a cross of knightly order on the chest and back of cotta. These knee-length garment had straight cut, and sometimes had lacing on the sides for better comfort.
But one of the most spectacular and eye-catching costume landsknechts had – free companions, who were hired from the lower classes. According to order of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, these warriors got a right to wear colourful and provoking cloths in opposition to other soldiers.
Landsknechts were wearing doublets with cuts on sleeves, where a bright shirt was visible. Pants were two- or multicoloured. Two-coloured berets or hats with high crown capped the heads. All this magnificence was decorated with feathers, bows, trim and gems.