The Renaissance Era was a gorgeous time. It stands out from the hundreds of years that happened in Europe in the centuries before. There’s a reason there’s no such thing as a Middle Ages festival. Who wants to run from rats, stage witch hunts, and argue over where the sea monsters in the ocean might be? Plus, the fashion in the Middle Ages was nutty. It was all conical hats and curly shoes. But the Renaissance era had it going on. They had science. They had artists. At the same time, sick and injured people still got bled for every single malady but at least they moved beyond those silly curved slippers and started wearing some real boots!
Are you ready for the Ren Faire? These costumes are sure to inspire some genius thinking. After all, if you’re channeling this era, you’re in good company. You’ll be dressing up as the likes of Galileo, Shakespeare, and Marco Polo. In the Renaissance era, Elizabeth rolled on the scene with a ruff around her neck and changed fashion forever. All this is to say that the Renaissance era switched things up. Buckle up and scroll on through, these costumes will make you want to break out your tights and strum on your lute until the sun comes up!
Renaissance Festival Costumes
Before Ren Faire season rolls around, you have to decide what kind of character you want to be? Are you an intellectual who’s studying Roman manuscripts while trying to figure out the mysteries of the universe like what shape the earth is? Or maybe you’re leading the country, trying to keep the serfs from rebelling. And of course, you could be a low-down peasant, enjoying a bucolic lifestyle away from the city. This year’s Renaissance Festival is kind of like a choose your own adventure. With rich Renaissance Fair costumes making for an endless list of mysterious characters, we’re excited to see what you come up with!
Mother of Dragons Costume
Renaissance women’s clothing doesn’t have to be limited to stiff corsets and ankle length dresses. Sometimes, a person might have to mount a dragon and take care of a few things. That’s where this Dragon Queen costume comes in. If you find yourself in charge of a legion or two, this costume will let you move with ease while maintaining your queenly dignity.
Dark Northern King Costume
The role of king isn’t only about sitting back and eating giant turkey legs. Though that’s part of it. Good kings have to get out there and recruit troops as well as fight a few foes themselves. No matter what your mission might be, you’ll feel confident and competent when you’re rocking this Dark Northern King costume. With a long cloak and faux leather armor, you’ll be ready take on whatever foes might come your way!
Red Medieval Dress
Not all battles are won with swordsred medieval dress is sure to know her way to the top. Great for sitting back with a goblet of wine and gloating over your next plot, this dress is great for a costume party as well as the Ren Faire.
Wolf Warrior Costume
Want to look like you’ve been through countless battles and you’re ready to face what’s next with a stoic face? Rock this wolf warrior costume to feel tough while avoiding pounds of chainmail. Rich with rugged textures like faux leather and metallic sleeves, the layered tunic is a great choice for historically themed events!
Northern King Costume
Have you figured out that you’ve got a lot of options when it comes to men’s Renaissance costumes? Our Northern King costume is a look that bridges the gap. Dressy enough to receive dignitaries and tough enough to head out and take care of business on the moors, the light brown faux leather tunic is a great look for any grand royal events.
Wild Warrior Costume
Not every Medieval man wants to sit in some stuffy throne room. Sometimes a guy is a wild warrior through and through. Those fellas need medieval outfits that suit their persona. No shiny armor. No fancy metal studs. That’s what this wild warrior costume is all about! The tough leather texture is paired with faux fur to make you look like you’re ready to battle it out in the harshest of elements.
A Renaissance costume and a Medieval costume idea will always be close cousins. But there are a few distinct differences. For example, a Medieval dress is simpler than a Renaissance dress. Why is that? Because the Medieval era was all about struggle. Western Europe was not only struggling with resources, but they were also fighting endless plagues. They didn’t have resources to bead their garments in pearls and jewels and weave gold into the fabric of their tunics. Plus, that look just doesn’t jive with modest Medieval values.
Still, the people of the Middle Ages still had plenty of style. They loved a long, dramatic sleeve, a conical hat, and draping veils. The men wore hosiery under simple tunics and capes. Think Robin Hood and his merry men and you’re on the right track. If you’re all about the simple Medieval aesthetic, we’re sure it’ll still look great at your local Ren Faire! After all Medieval folks still have to have fun!
Women's Medieval Dress
If you want a look that says you know your way around a loom while also knowing how to bow and curtsey through a Renaissance, you’ve come to the right place. This Made by Us fair maiden dress is a great example of our Renaissance dress costumes. With draping sleeves and a lush velvet texture, it brings to mind classic fairytale illustrations. Pair this costume with a genteel circlet to create a storybook image.
Medieval Peasant Dress
We’ve always thought that choosing a medieval peasant costume makes for a lot of fun at any Renaissance Faire. You know how it goes. A peasant girl costume allows your kid to run wild in a way that’s just not proper for a princess. Whether your kid loves climbing the topsy-turvy Jacob’s Ladder or they’re looking forward to dancing to a minstrel’s tune, you’re sure to love watching as your child enjoys living that peasant lifestyle while wearing this lovely Ren Faire costume. Cause there’s nothing like a peasant party!
Medieval Princess Dress
Are you ready for this year’s festivities? It’s sure to be a good time! Make sure your little one is excited as you are by providing them with a dress as gorgeous as this featured red Medieval princess dress. With a lovely sparkling red fabric and long, draping sleeves that are trimmed with a silky gold fabric. Perfect for twirling and curtseying, this costume is sure to cause a flurry of excitement for any little one!
Medieval Wedding Dress
White Renaissance dresses meant the same thing back in their era that they hint at today. Wedding dresses weren’t always white, but an elegant Medieval elf dress would still look right at home walking down the aisle of a Renaissance-era chapel, light falling on the silver details and draping fabric. We can totally picture this Renaissance wedding, can’t you?
The crusades lasted for almost two hundred years so it makes sense that we still talk about those soldiers. Their uniforms are iconic. With a large red cross over chain mail, people will know you’re not just some random knight when you’re rocking the crusader costume. You’re a knight of the world. Someone who’s seen things. Go ahead and become that cool knight you always thought you could be!
Boy’s Knight Costume
The Ren Faire is the best place for young knights on the rise. What better way to inspire brave exploits than watching someone toss the caber in the Highland Games or actually getting knighted in an official ceremony? We can’t think of any better costume for tough kiddos than this royal knight costume. Light enough to let kids run, play, and explore this costume looks like it’s ready for whatever the fairy tale setting might throw at them.
The Renaissance era was all about enlightenment. Europe was being flooded with new rich fabrics, spices, and brand-new information. There were scientists and playwrights. All these rich new ideas and objects showed up in Renaissance clothing as well. For the upper class, Renaissance clothes were dyed in deep colors. Red and purple announced to the world that you were the richest of the rich. Blue renaissance dresses might announce that you were a high-class servant or a merchant’s daughter.
Clothing was more layered than ever. They were more structured and complicated compared to any Medieval look. When you’re choosing a Ren Faire costume, don’t be afraid to add extra bling. Drape your tunic in a large necklace and top your look with a circlet or crown. You’re sure to feel that Renaissance energy as soon as you slip into these sumptuous looks!
Men’s Renaissance Clothing
Here’s where we really emerge into a whole cast of characters. In fact, we can imagine a sitcom featuring these three guys. The wizard would be the wacky neighbor who has weird ideas that always end up being correct at the end of the episode. The tavern guy would always be getting into scrapes at the local inn. And of course, the knight would be the straight man who’s wrangling his friends and trying to get fair maidens to notice his antics. That’s a show we would watch. Maybe you should get a few friends together to make it happen! You’ve got what it takes once these high-quality costumes are in your wardrobe.
Women’s Renaissance Costumes
If the last group was a sitcom, then this group of ladies sets up a tense drama. The medieval warrior woman fights the patriarchy as well as enemies of the throne while the princess in the green dress rules the kingdom. All the while, the fabulous fortune teller on the street knows a juicy bit of gossip, but we won’t know what it is until the season finale. Talk about a cliffhanger!
Plus Size Renaissance Costumes
Kings really knew how to live back in the day. Sure, they had to deal with the turbulent tempers of warring nations but they also got to sit back and chomp on leg of mutton, drink from a big ol’ goblet of wine and watch as jesters did their best to entertain them. Perhaps you’ll have people somersaulting in your honor once they see you emerge in an outfit that’s as resplendent as our Medieval king costume. With lush fabrics and a distinctly royal cut, you’d look right at home ruling the castle. Want the prestige without the responsibility? Our Renaissance Lord costume will make you look like a high-ranking merchant or even a duke. But really, we know when people are thinking about the War of the Roses, the most important characters that come to mind are the knights. Wear the title of “knight” without wearing armor that literally could weigh over 100 pounds. Instead, choose this golden knight costume to let people know you need business without weight training for weeks just so you can walk around in costume.
Renaissance Costumes for Kids
Transforming into a character from an “ever after” era is always a magical memory for kids. Who knows what they’ll see? A fire breathing dragon? A wizard working up a potion? They’ll be dressed for their adventures when you choose from our selection of Renaissance outfits. Do you have a little Shakespeare spouting soliloquy in your home? The nobleman costume will support your kid’s character at the fair or while he waxes poetic for a school project. Perhaps your little girl wants to become a ruling monarch fit for the 1500s. She’s sure to love ruling in the Renaissance Queen costume. Blue renaissance dresses are always a great option for little girls as that’s the color young ladies actually wore back in the day. And if sitting in the throne room doesn’t speak to your girl, you can always mix the tough look of a knight with the sweet skirts of the Renaissance women when you invest in the girl’s knight costume. No maiden in distress complex for this little lady!
How to Talk at a Renaissance Faire
Are you going to finish that turkey leg? How did you get out of the labyrinth? Is that mime making fun of me? There’s a lot to talk about at your local Ren Faire. Now you just have to learn how to give all your statements that Renaissance Festival ring. Here are a few words to sprinkle into your conversation to make it seemed like you arrived on the scene via time capsule, ready to have a good time! There’s no need to study your old high school copy of Hamlet to get that Shakespearean brogue, just snag a few of these words and you’ll be ready to roll.
- Hello: good morrow or good day, depending on the time. If you want to keep it simple holler out “well met!” and be done with it.
- Goodbye: fare thee well is great for when you’re leaving your companions for good but anon will do if you’ll be back in short order. We think the saying fare thee well is rather romantic and like to work it into our everyday lives.
- Yes and No: yea and yay.
- Please: prithee which is short for I pray thee, which you could also use.
- Excuse Me: I cry you mercy is a delightfully dramatic phrase which came in handy in the Renaissance when folks used to carry around heavy swords and heavy armor.
- Restroom: privy.
Now that you’ve got a few words and phrases to get you started, here are a few sayings you might find handy when you’re wandering through the wonders of the Faire.
- Where did you get that turkey leg? Where didst thou receiveth yond turkey leggeth?
- Did you eat the whole thing? Didst thee consume the whole thing?
- How do I find you on Instagram? How doth I findeth thee on Instagram?
- When does the belly dancing start? At which hour doest the belly dancing starteth?
- Hey! I think the harpsichord is due for a comeback. Ho! I bethink the harpsich'rd is due f'r a comeback.
Renaissance Festival FAQ
Never been to a Ren Faire? No worries! Renaissance Festival performers and vendors alike are always welcoming, whether you’ve been going since you could say “huzzah!” or if this is your first time even hearing about the Faire. Want to dive into the olden days adventure? Read on for the answers to a few frequently asked questions. And before you ask, no, we can’t tell you which awesome Renaissance costume to choose. That’s all on you!
What is a Renaissance Festival?
A Renaissance Festival (a.k.a. Ren Faire) is a recreation of an Elizabethan era village. Every faire is a little different but each one is chock full of performers, games, activities, and delicious food vendors. With multiple stages featuring musicians and street performers scattered throughout the grounds, you’ll never know what you’re going to see!
What do you do at a Renaissance Festival?
What don’t you do at a Renaissance Festival? Well, you don’t get bored, that’s for sure. For one, you’ll find all sorts of snarky performers and amazing feats to watch. You might even get involved, yourself, if you so choose. You can choose from activities such as jousting, ladder climbing, and finding your way through the labyrinth. And let’s not forget the food! From scotch eggs to roasted turkey legs to fruit ices and even flagons of ale, you’re sure to head home with a full belly!
What should I wear to a Renaissance Fair?
The Ren Faire is all about developing a character and you get to decide what kind of character you are! Are you dreaming of a rough and tumble villagers costume? Wear natural toned clothing with simple boots or moccasins and don’t be afraid to get a little dirt on your face. Want to look like you spend your evenings dining on swan and dancing in the halls of court? In the Renaissance era, nobles went above and beyond to flaunt their wealth. Browse through our Renaissance costumes to pick out a king, queen, or a fair maiden that suits your tastes. Pair your costumes with fancy tall boots or slippers to drive your look home. Find a look you love? Write a review! We’d love to hear about how much fun you had at the Ren Faire!