How to Make a Medieval Pageboy Costume?

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How to Make a Medieval Pageboy Costume?
Medieval dress is easy to mimic (combat image by corinne lebrun from

Medieval pageboys worked as attendants to a knight or as apprentice squires for several years before becoming squires or knights. Young medieval pageboys dressed much like girls, with long shirts or dresses. When the boys got older, their dress changed to mimic men's clothing. Typical male dress in medieval times included a doublet, tights and boots. Make a medieval pageboy costume with a few pieces of clothing available in most closets and by buying some extra accessories.

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Things you need

  • Black tights
  • Black boots
  • White, long-sleeved shirt
  • Short-sleeved dress shirt
  • Black belt
  • Bobbed-hair wig
  • Plastic sword

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  1. 1

    Put on the tights and long-sleeved white shirt first to make the base, or under layers, of the costume. All other clothing and accessories will go on top of the under layers.

  2. 2

    Cover the white shirt with the short-sleeved dress shirt. An adult's shirt would work perfectly because the piece should hang a little long. A solid colour should be used so that the shirt looks like an authentic doublet worn by a medieval pageboy.

  3. 3

    Attach the belt around the waist. The black belt should be attached around the waist on top of the dress shirt. If a cloth belt is used, the extra length can be wrapped back around the buckle and left hanging downward. Rope can also be used in place of a belt.

    How to Make a Medieval Pageboy Costume?
    Rope can be used as a belt. (rope 3 image by Lee O'Dell from
  4. 4

    Add accessories to complete the costume. Black boots, a wig of bobbed hair and a plastic sword are good choices. If the boots are too large to wear over tights, black socks can be worn with the tights. The wig can be secured in place with hair clips.

  5. 5

    Apply a little make-up to give the appearance of dust or dirt on the pageboy's face. Medieval pageboys tended to run many errands over many dirt roads.

Tips and warnings

  • Long hair can be pulled back in a ponytail in place of the bobbed-hair wig.
  • Never apply make-up to sensitive skin.

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