Over at Medieval Wall, there is an interesting post on clothing during the Medieval times. I find it pretty interesting, and the read is not very long. Though I don’t think I would look too good in a tunic, I think that this is some pretty sweet stuff to read about!
Here is a piece of the article.
Throughout the entire Middle Ages clothes mostly remained unchanged, and novelties were introduced gradually. By the arrival of the Germanic tribes to European territory, trousers became more common, and an omnipresent element in both female and male clothing throughout the entire period were tunics. Social classes, professions and nations differentiated by clothes, and by the end of this period it assumed somewhat more extravagant shapes, which outraged the ecclesiastical community.
The Early Middle Ages
Similar to polity and culture, clothing in Byzantium was also heavily influenced by the heritage of Ancient Rome. Thus, the Byzantine court costumes had all the major features of clothing of Ancient Rome. Men wore double tunics, one over the other, which were, depending on the period, long or short. Under the tunics, they wore fluttering trousers of Persian origin (chlamyda). Short hair and shaved faces were fashionable until 8th century, when, under the eastern influence, beards become popular once more.
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