The story

Medieval clothing


The clothes and shoes of the time were quite bulky and almost entirely hid the body, especially the woman.

Younger came up to reveal the lap, but the Church has been the necklines. One can also say that already existed fashion at that time, with the introduction of innovations in the form of dresses, hats, shoes, jewelry, etc.

Women's basic apparel included underwear, long skirts or dresses, aprons and cloaks, as well as hats of a variety of shapes (imitating a tower needle, butterflies, long-capped caps) and exaggerated (in some places it was necessary to change the entrance of the houses so that the ladies and their hats could pass). At the time, trapped hair identified the married woman, while unmarried wore her hair loose.

The colors most used by women were royal blue, burgundy and dark green. The sleeves and skirts of the dresses were puffy and long. The richest used accessories such as fans and jewelry.

For men, the clothing is composed of long socks, to the waist, breeches, doublet (a kind of short jacket), hats of various sizes and shoes long styli. The fabrics varied according to the social condition of the knights, the climate, the occasion and place and, on holiday days, for example, wore rich garments, made with oriental fabrics, silks, combed wool and velvet. And party is no lack, all year, fairs and dates religious and secular Medieval Europe. Both in the castles and in the towns, villages and cities in times of plenty, it was reason to eat, drink and dance, with costumes, masks, processions, joy and even some excesses.

The peasants, despite the suffering and destitution, liked parties, dances and songs. Various European folk dances originate from medieval folk festivals and dances.


BRUEGEL, Pieter. Peasants dance. 1568. Oil on oak wood: color; 114 x 164 cm. Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna.