Middle Ages Clothing
In the middle ages, you didn’t really have much of a choice on what to wear. If you were a peasant, you would wear what you could afford and if you were royalty you wore elaborate gowns and silk robes. Most people made their clothes themselves, although, nobles had tailors make them.


Women’s Clothing in the Middle Ages
Royalty worn brightly colored clothing made of soft materials. Many women wore jewelry. Women wore long, woolen gowns that they would often have embroidered. They covered their heads by a linen cloth and a hat. To keep themselves warm during the winter, women would wear fur lined coats fastened by a decorative cord. Peasants would dress in a rough tunic to keep warm with a belt to tuck her skirt into so it wouldn’t drag in the mud. They had to wear cloth shoes since leather was too expensive and often would go barefoot while working. Unless you were nobility, the clothes of common people were brown or grey. Married women would wear veils and if you were unmarried you would let your hair loose. Women in the Middle Ages also did not wear undergarments.

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Petticoats in the Middle Ages
There are many different styles and types of clothing in the middle ages. One pretty interesting type of clothing is a Petticoat. This article of clothing is worn by women as an undergarment under a skirt or dress. It was first established by 1585. Then, in the 1920’s they became more popular until the great depression hit in the 1930’s. Then once again in the late 1930’s they became more popular for proms, weddings, and some evening gowns.

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Frocks in the Middle Ages

The Frockwas originally introduced to men around the 1730’s, but later became apart of the woman’s clothing. The Frock is described as a full skirt reaching the knee or lower thigh. Plus, it is usually double breasted, lacking pockets and high collar, and has V-shaped lapels. Lastly, it is a close fitted garment with a waist seam.
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Shoes In The Middle Ages
There were many different types of shoes in the Middle Ages. One type of shoe they wore was called the “blackjack” which was made out of leather with latches that tied or buckled over the tongue. Boteu was a type of low boots that came above the ankles and went about as high as the calf. Calc was a type of sandal they would wear. Caligae was the type of boots wore my Roman soldier in the 1st century.


Makeup in the Middle Ages
Unlike today, makeup in the Middle Ages was very different. Woman used blood-sucking leeches to make their skin paler. They used a power called quicklime to remove all unwanted hair. To lighten hair they would use a mixture of different ingredients. Woman would use dried roses, spices, and vinegar as perfume. During the Middle Ages in Europe many different shades of eye liner and eye shadows were seen.