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Medieval Fashion and Hairstyles

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Chloe Huang

on 14 March 2015

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Women's Hairstyles
At first, women styled their hair so that it was long and flowy
-Plaits and wimples were trendy
-They also had a style called smooth hair, where hair was parted in the middle and the bottom part was hidden with a bonnet
-All nuns fashioned their hair with a wimple style

plait wimple

Medieval fashion was dictated by the
Medieval Armor
The designs of a knight's armor could help others interpret their rank in the military social class
Only the wealthy were allowed to wear armor
full plates of armor were very expensive even for the wealthy so they got chainmail armor instead
there were armors that were worn specifically for ceremonies
Horses that were for ceremonies or high officials often also wore special armor
Medieval Royalty (Kings)
900-1000: influenced by classical styles of Romans, loose, belted,
1000-1100: social rank depended on head-dress/hat, pointed at top with attached streamer, robes, closed shoes, short hair, man-purses
1100-1200: various shapes and materials for hats, head-dresses and sleeves reached the ground, surcoats
1200-1300: gold, silver, pearls, and precious stones were attached on clothing, long stockings
1300-1400: points attached to clothing, hats made of different kind of felts, girdles studded with precious stones/ornaments, extravagance displayed by furs
1400-1500: shoulderpads, slashed sleeves,
Alchin, Linda. "Medieval Clothing." Medieval Clothing. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Mar. 2015. <http://www.ancientfortresses.org/medieval-clothing.htm>.
Medieval Fashion and Hairstyles
Medieval Feudal System
Men's Hairstyles:Beards
-At first, people went clean shaven, but then beards started to become trendy
-Priests started to grow beards, but they realized that they should not be influenced by fashion trends and change their original ways, so they went back to being clean shaven
-Near the beginning of the 12th century, only countrymen had beards
-Mustaches,joined with the beards, became trendy
-Near the end of the 12th century, men decided to go clean shaven again

Early Middle Ages: influenced by the women clothing styles of the Greeks and Romans (900-1000)
Early Middle Ages: wore tight layers of long tunics and dresses to define their figures (900-1000)
From 1000 to 1200: consisted 2 layers of tunics, with the under one longer, their clothing also covered their necks, tightly
Dresses made of different colors while tunics were mostly white
Common Women Wear; Early & Central Middle Ages
Common Women Wear : late Middle Ages (1300-1400)
External corset was invented
Women wore coats and surcoats ( or a loose robe )
Wore long trains ( a piece of clothing forming the back section of the dress)
Dresses became shorter as they were trimmed with styles
Women uncovered their necks by wearing necklaces
Men's Hairstyles
-The Normans (people of Normandy) fashioned their hair where their hair was short and shaved off on the sides and back of the head, according to the Bayeux Tapestry
-For monks, all hair was shaved off except for a thin band around the head

the medieval men & women clothing were pretty simple so they used accessories to differentiate themselves
Leather and fur trimmings got very popular during that time
many women wore caps,
veils, and lace on their hair
(the pointed caps bonnets)
"Medieval Warfare Armour & Shields." Medieval Armour. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2015. <http://www.medievalwarfare.info/armour.htm>.
"Medieval Hairstyles." Medieval Hairstyles. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015. <http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-clothing/medieval-hairstyles.htm>.

The Bayeux Tapestry
Medieval Women's Clothing." Medieval Women's Clothing. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2015. <http://www.lordsandladies.org/medieval-womens-clothing.htm>.
Shoe styles did not change a lot throughout the Middle Ages
leather shoes: leather was soaked in water to soften it
fabric shoes: the shoes had different , and unique designs
sandals: these shoes were not often used , only worn during hot weather
slippers: often used as indoor shoes
Claim: Medieval fashion was based on the Medieval Feudal System
"Medieval Armor--Armor of a Knight." Medieval Armor--Armor of a Knight. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015.
leather shoes
fabric shoes
List of more popular accessories:
leather handbags and pouches
head bands, bonnets laces caps, and pointed hats
intricately designed belts (some of them are just straight up lace)
hair clips
weapon pouches
Hooded coat (sometimes leather)
What is one piece of evidence that proves Medieval fashion was based on the Feudal System?
For Medieval Royal Wear, what did kings wear to display extravagance?
In the military class, what was on their armor that helped interpret their rank?
What was trendy in men's hairstyles that even priests wore that look for a while?
Medieval Royalty
many layers, covered by skirt
skirt covered by gown
hem and neck decorated with gems and lace
long beard
quality of fabrics used for royalty was higher than materials on the common people
royal wear was more extravagant than the common peoples
designs on armor displayed the different ranks of the military class (higher rank=more intricate designs, more heavy metal)
laws restricted common people from buying clothes
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