Much as it does today, clothing was often used to convey status during medieval times. Since peasants were lowest on the totem pole of society, they had the least desirable wardrobe of the classes. Peasants dressed very simply and often wore the same clothing for days on end. Considering the basic design of the clothing, if you want to dress like a peasant you can find most of the things you need in your own closet or at a local thrift store.
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Things you need
- For a Peasant Woman:
- For a Peasant Man:
- Knife and sheath
Find a flowing blouse made of linen or another natural fibre like cotton. The blouse should be loose fitting and have long, puffy sleeves. The front of the blouse should be low-cut and either lace or button up.
Cinch your peasant-style blouse with a corset or wide leather belt. If your shirt is form-fitting, cinching your blouse is optional.
Wear an ankle-length skirt. The skirt should be fitted at your waist and flow out below your hips. The skirt can be multicolour or solid and should be made of a natural fibre such as linen or cotton.
Put on a pair of thick stockings and boots. In the middle ages stockings were functional and meant to keep you warm, so they were made of a woollen material. Boots were usually leather and came to the mid-calf or knee.
Find a long tunic. The tunic should be made of a natural fibre such as linen or cotton. It should stop around your knee.
Wear a loosefitting vest and a wide leather belt over top of your tunic to cinch the waist. Put a leather sheath and a fake knife on the belt.
Put a pair of thick stockings or leggings on underneath your tunic. The leggings can be ankle length or stop at mid-calf.
Find a pair of leather boots that come to the mid-calf or higher. You can also wear a pair of plain leather loafers.
Tips and warnings
- When selecting clothing to dress as a medieval peasant choose natural colours such as beige, white and brown. During medieval times lower-class citizens, including peasants, wore clothing made of homespun natural fibres that were either undyed or dyed natural colours.
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