Medieval fair clothing ideas for children

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Dressing up to attend a medieval fair is fun for all ages. Options abound when it comes to costumes from the Renaissance. From royal Elizabethan kings and queens to poor farmers and members of the military, each child should be able to find a costume idea that appeals to him. The popularity of Renaissance fairs has provided a rich supply of information and ideas for creating your own medieval costume.

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Royalty

Children will enjoy dressing like medieval royalty for a renaissance fair. Girls can wear Elizabethan dresses in bright colours such as purple and red to depict nobility. For shoes, Mary Jane shoes and espadrilles most resemble authentic medieval women's shoes. To complete the look, girls can braid their hair or wear a feathered hat or bonnet. A little queen can accentuate her outfit with costume jewellery adorned with fake garnets and pearls.

To dress like a medieval king, boys can wear a richly coloured silk or fake fur jacket. Button-front trousers or stockings worn under loose fitting shorts make an excellent stand in for authentic Elizabethan men's trousers. Find a pair of leather shoes with a buckle and a feathered hat to complete the illusion. To go the extra mile, a boy can wear gold costume jewellery, particularly rings and chain necklaces, to add to his royal appearance.

Militia

Some children may prefer to dress in a medieval military style while attending a Renaissance fair. Lay the foundation for this look with a plain button-down shirt and brown or grey trousers that gather below the knees. For footwear, dark leather boots with laces add an authentic touch. Accessorise with a plain wool or leather wide-brimmed hat and a pair of leather gloves to make the costume even more historically accurate.

Children can choose from a variety of medieval weapons to complete a Renaissance militia costume. Play swords and daggers are fun and essential for any member of a medieval military. Add costume armour pieces and chainmail for an extra touch that will make a child's medieval fair costume even more realistic.

Peasants

It's easy to put together costumes for boys and girls to dress like medieval peasants for a Renaissance fair. For boys, find loosefitting shirts and tuck a pair of dark trousers into a pair of plain brown leather boots. Girls can wear dresses or blouses paired with long, flowing skirts. For a female peasant costume, girls can also wear dark boots and wool shawls that cover the head and shoulders.

For a true medieval peasant look, avoid bright colours and jewellery. Clothing can be dirtied and tattered to add authenticity.

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