Index of clothing styles

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A list of commonly referred to and controversial clothing styles in the SCA

Some of these are misnomers, unrepresentative of the breadth of clothing of the medieval period, or are often poorly reproduced. However, they are the style names current in Lochac, and a beginner costumer will often encounter them. A good glossary of such terms (in their many uses) can be found at hte following external link: Marc Carlson's "Some Clothing of the Middle ages; Glossary"

  • generic early period t-tunic
  • "10 gore dress" - a 14th century style worn by Vikings in Greenland. It adds side gores and more advanced sleeve caps (early set in sleeves) on a basic T-tunic to give more shaping to a gown.
  • viking clothing - most often used to refer to early period Scandinavians, i.e. men in t-tunics and leg wraps, and women in the controversial to reconstruct "apron dresses"
  • Burgundian
  • Norman bliaut
  • Italian Renaissance - actually refers to a variety of substyles, all of which have in common
    • For women- a dress with a seam at the waist, pleated on skirts below and a corseted bodice above.
    • For men- doublets worn above tights is mostly the fashion (although longer robes also exist). See Florentine, Venetian, Flemish clothing.
  • Elizabethan dress
  • great-kilt - read carefully, there are many misconceptions about this article of clothing, which is a belted cloak worn in late medieval Scotland, not the modern pleated skirt.
  • coathardie
  • Houpelande

Medieval clothing styles by time period:

Medieval Clothing styles by Region:

==Clothing styles by profession or cultural group== (ie styles that will be distinct from the normal clothing styles of the time):

Clothing for special purposes

  • special clothing for fighters
  • special clothing for horseriding
  • changes to crusader dress for the heat of the east (were there any?)
  • clothing adjustments for working in a hot place (eg a kitchen)
  • clothing adjustments for working in the fields (taking off layers, add a straw hat, etc)
  • nightgowns (mostly just undergarments we think - evidence?)
  • clothing for attending religious services (add a hat or veil? rosary?, what for which religion, etc)
  • clothing for weddings - (I believe nothing more special than your best clothes or a new best set for the rich, but an article with evidence from various periods is needed)
  • Clothing for maternity and breastfeeding

This page is a work in progress, and also an overview the scope of which is beyond any average person. Details will be wrong - fix them. Go on, you know you're just itching to fill in the gaps.