Medieval Fashion

14th century, clothing fastenerFor 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

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