For the medieval person, clothing and dress
always had a special meaning. The symbolic aspects of a given garment, and
not simply the utility functions such as protection, played a significant
role in medieval society.
Costumes composed a part of courtly life as
well, their special meaning having been defined and refined by members of
the aristocracy for their own use.
In Medieval Europe, as in the Roman period, most
people wore loose linen or wool tunics like big baggy t-shirts. But clothing did
become more complicated in the Middle Ages, and more used to distinguish men and
women of different professions from each other.
Men mostly wore tunics down to their knees, though
old men and monks wore their tunics down to the ground, and so did kings and
noblemen for parties and ceremonies.
On their feet, men wore leather shoes if they could
afford them. Women also wore different kinds of clothes depending on who they
were. All women wore at least one tunic down to their ankles
Medieval Terms used in fashion