How to Make a Renaissance Serving Wench Costume

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How to Make a Renaissance Serving Wench Costume
Make your own Renaissance serving wench costume. (woman holding white-naped raven image by Lisa Eastman from

A Renaissance serving wench outfit is something that can be easily put together and worn for Renaissance fairs, costume parties or Halloween. The elements of the costume are all basic and simple, so if you can't create an outfit from items already in your wardrobe, you could buy them at a local thrift shop without having to invest too much money.

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Things you need

  • White blouse
  • Long, plain skirt
  • Bodice vest or corset
  • Stockings
  • Waist apron (optional)
  • Muffin cap (optional)
  • Simple shoes or sandals

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    Put on a long, single-colour, floor-length skirt and a long-sleeved, loosefitting white blouse. The blouse should be scoop-necked or off the shoulder because typical Renaissance wench outfits showed skin on the upper chest and did not come up to the neck. Tuck the blouse into the skirt.

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    Wear a tight-fitting bodice vest or corset over the top of the blouse. Bodice vests are more popular for a serving wench costume, but a plain corset will also work if that is all you have available.

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    Put on dark-coloured shoes or sandals to complete your outfit. If you are unsure as to what type of shoes to wear, look for comfortable shoes that have a Mary Jane style to them. If the weather is warm, sandals also work fine. If you decide to wear socks or stockings with your outfit, make sure they're at least knee-high.

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    Add a waist apron and a muffin cap to complete your outfit. These accessories aren't necessary to pass as a Renaissance serving wench, but they do add a little authenticity to the outfit.

  5. 5

    Style your hair into simple braids or a bun. Serving wenches during the Renaissance era would style their hair in a way that kept it out of their face while they worked, so braids or a bun would work equally well.

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