ay, thats a
lovely, uh, er, what IS that you're wearing? Way to go
smooth talker. You didn't study up on your period clothing terms
before heading out to faire did you? Now you can avoid the
mockery of your better-educated peers.
Worn and used by women, men, and children.
- Tankard - The umbiqitous drinking vessel, generally wood or
- Shirt - Off white or dyed, often with full bodied
- Cape - Distinguished from a cloak, by reaching only to the
small of the back or thereabouts, capes are decorative
- Cloak - Often ankle length and hooded, designed more for
warmth than show.
- Muffin Cap - loose cap with a floppy top.
- Biggins - close fitting hat to keep the head warm or other
hats clean. So called from begins as the first hat a
- Bodice - A tight fitting vest which supports the
- Skirts - In two layers, an overskirt and an
- Chemise - A one piece loose undergarment.
- Snood - A loose woven hairnet.
- Jerkin - Essentially a vest.
- Doublet - Another overshirt buttoning all the way up the
front, generally with detachable open sleeves.
- Breeches - Pants by another name but without pockets.
- Slops - Loosely fitting baggy trousers, generally cut to
- Codpiece - A fashion accessory designed to promote the
appearance of a gentleman's package.
- Hose - Knitted stockings worn under slops.
Suggested references: The out-of-print (1934 publication) of
Pageantry by HK Morse. Check your library for this one, I
found a discard from San Francisco for $12.