This executioner costume was designed to help you get your job done without revealing your identity. It's dark, like your job responsibilities, and features a hood that keeps who you are a mystery. To make the look festival ready, we added long pants and a pair of black renaissance boots. The medieval mace weapon looks menacing but is actually made of soft foam, just in case you get a little carried away in your role.
Medieval peasant women wore similar types of garments as their "betters," just made of cheaper and coarser fabric and either natural unbleached fibers or muted colors. Over the chemise you would wear a plain overdress, fastened with laces at the front. When paired with these rustic looking boots this simple look becomes a festive choice for any faire.
These costumes are great on their own, but if you really want to get into your medieval roles, going as couple will be especially fun. What are her crimes? Will you show mercy? What happens if she manages to wrestle that mace away from him? So many possibilities to be serious or as silly as you like. We're actually rooting for the girl, she just seems too pretty to be guilty of anything!
Most working class men wore a shirt over trousers. A merchant who wove, dyed or sold fabrics might wear richer, brightly colored garments to show off the quality of his work and wares. When you wear this look you might not command the respect of a king but you'll still be able to feast like one when you sample the fabulous food available at the festival you attend. Act the part of a gentleman and you'll surely be admired no matter what your socio-economic status might have been back in medieval times.
A working class woman's clothing would be of better fabric than a peasant's, but not as fine and soft as that of a noblewoman. Her clothing would be fastened with laces and drawstrings, usually in the front. This costume features more embellishments than the peasant look from before and we think it a pair of brown faux suede boots provides the finishing touch. This dress in particular even allows you to hitch up your skirt so you'll be ready for dancing and celebrating.
Make the most of your working class renaissance looks by pairing them together. We recommend practicing some flattery like, "Thou smile is like the dawn, it brightens my day." before putting in any requests like, "Would thou goeth quickly and fetch me a turkey leg?" for best results. You're sure to get plenty of compliments as you make your way around your next festival.
Since the king was a usually a military general, he often wore chain mail armor over his shirt. When not fighting or training to fight he would wear a surcoat or tunic. This costume will have you fit for being featured in a royal painting. The kind that hangs in a long, vast hall along with all of the past rulers of the kingdom. We added a wavy brown wig for a more medieval appearance, which had the benefit of helping keep the crown comfortably in place.
Drape yourself in velvet and gold trim for a royal look like this one. When you are the queen, you get to dress the part with rich fabrics fine jewels. Since this costume included a beautiful matching headpiece we opted to pass on a crown but we imagine she would look just as royal with one. The attached sheer cape adds a dramatic detail.
Be the power couple that no one dares to cross at your next faire! These costumes will help you command the respect of a royal. From the soft velvet fabrics to the gold embellishments, these looks will make it impossible for anyone to deny what you've decided should be your birthright. Enjoy your reign your highness.
By the Renaissance (roughly the year 1400), clothing styles became more complex as tailors learned to cut and shape garments to better fit the curves of the human body. Buttons became common. And garment types became a bit more standardized. Men of any social class wore a shirt and tunic over trousers. The difference between a peasant's clothes and a nobleman's was the type of fabric used. Enjoy the handsome look of a hunter with this exclusive costume.
Women's clothes, too, became more complex and form-fitting. But the basic garment types stayed the same for the lower classes. A skirt and bodice over a chemise was the basic female attire. As with men, a peasant girl's clothes would be made of cheaper, coarser fabric than a princess's. We like the combination of this deep blue corset with the bright yellow skirt. Both are worn over a chemise, which on a cool fall day has the added benefit of giving you an extra layer of warmth.
What kind of plans are these two making for their next festival? Probably they are debating which musical acts to see, and what food to try. For him, a mug of ale might be priority number one. We added a bright red head scarf to her look here because we thought it added to her peasant appearance. But she might like that it gives her an excuse to ignore some of his requests and carry on with her own plans!
In the Renaissance a working-class man would wear the same type of shirt, trousers and tunic as any man. His clothes would be of finer fabric than a peasant's, but not so fine as a noble's. So, once you've laced up your tunic and ensured you're looking handsome you'll be ready to head to your favorite tavern and see what fair maidens find their way over to your corner of the establishment.
A working-class woman would wear more elaborate clothing than a peasant, and made of better fabric. If her family's business involved cloth, she might even wear the same fabrics as royalty, to show off the quality of the merchandise. This deep burgundy velvet dress includes a matching headpiece and will get lots of compliments for its simple, understated elegance.
This photo could represent a Renaissance working class couple discussing their future together. Their clothing is fine, but not overly embellished in a way that would have them mistaken as royalty. So if you'd like to spend the day dressed as gentle folk from a past era, consider this look as inspiration.
Noble and royal men wore the same basic shirt, tunic and trousers ensemble that lesser men wore. The difference was that a noble's would be made of fine wool and linen instead of homespun, and might include imported silk or cotton as well. It would also be more lavishly decorated with embroidery, gems or metalwork. With the higher education that you undoubtedly possess thanks to your royal lineage, recite a favorite poem to impress the lady who's stolen your heart.
This luxurious gown is typical of one Elizabeth I might have worn, with its square neckline and high, stiff collar. Royal garments were elaborate, with wide full skirts draped over stiff frames to maintain their bell shape. Clothes would be elaborately embroidered and set with gems. When you wear this lovely dress, be sure to practice your expressions to let everyone know with a glance that you are the queen!
In this day and age it is very hard to become a royal. There are just so few monarchies left and the number of eligible singles further decreases your odds. But when you attend a renaissance faire it is suddenly within almost anyone's reach to transform into a noble. Wearing the right attire and practicing your most respectable smiles and waves will let you be king and queen for a day.