Medieval shirts, blouses or the classic medieval tunic for LARP and medieval festivals.
Clothing for the upper body is usually the most striking part of a garment, whether for Antiquity, Middle Ages or something more modern. This is why this category has a very special significance, as these clothes are a decisive factor in the appearance of a figure.
Here it is decided whether you will be recognized as what you want to represent. If you want to pose as a classic Viking warrior, tunics are the right thing for you. A "Middle Ages" lacing shirt is out of the question, of course, but you should save it for your use as a pirate or musketeer. The medieval crusader also needs a simple linen shirt or a medieval tunic under his coat of arms. But also other genres have their justification here and we also offer a cowboy shirt or a chic western ladies' blouse for different occasions. Fantasy characters have of course a little more possibilities for free choice and it's a question of your own style and imagination what the Dwarf warrior or the elven magician wears.
Elves are usually portrayed in such a way that they wear some refined shapes of wide tunics or blouses, possibly embroidered with filigree patterns. Dwarfs are known to prefer coarse, sturdy fabrics and to combine an undergarment with a heavy tunic or a leather vest. Of course, these are just two classic examples, and how you put together your clothing is your thing, whether you're out and about on medieval Larp, medieval markets or other worlds.
Fantasy tunic or leather jerkin, what do elves or dwarves wear?
Elves are usually depicted in such a way that they wear somewhat refined forms of wide tunics or blouses, which may be embroidered with filigree patterns. Dwarves are known to prefer coarse, sturdy fabrics and to combine an undergarment with a heavy tunic or even a leather tunic. These are of course just two classic examples and how you combine your medieval tunic is up to you.
What does a medieval shirt have to do with the Middle Ages?
"Medieval shirt", "medieval pants" or "medieval blouse" and similar terms are commonly used, but often are a little misleading. The various forms of medieval shirts that are meant here are in most cases models from the Renaissance or later epochs like the Baroque and come from such a fashion that has little in common with the Middle Ages. Especially a so-called medieval frill shirt, medieval lace-up shirt or fluffy pants hardly fit the European Middle Ages, but all the better to later epochs like the Renaissance. So most medieval shirts should be called Renaissance shirts!
Medieval Blouses for Women - What the Woman of the Middle Ages Wears
Tunic and dress were the main clothing for women from antiquity to the High Middle Ages. In the late Middle Ages there was for the first time a separation between outerwear and the lower part of a dress. It was not until the 14th century that there was a development towards skirts and separate blouses or women's shirts, which were then increasingly combined with bodices and at some point also corsages. However, it still took quite a while until the concept became widespread. So you can also say here: skirt, bodice and medieval blouse belong historically to the Renaissance or to later epochs. On a medieval market and fantasy spectacle, however, there is often a wild mixture of epochs and styles, so if you don't follow a historical concept, you are free to choose your outfit, even as a woman.
Medieval outerwear and materials
However, what can be said in general terms about the whole of the Middle Ages is that the available fabrics have changed considerably less than the fashion that was made from them. For a long time linen, fine linen or coarser linen for the lower classes, was the material of choice for underwear such as a medieval shirt or a Renaissance women's blouse, for Viking tunics and medieval undergarments. Although cotton, which is popular today, already existed, it was rarely seen in our latitudes during antiquity and the Middle Ages, as it was actually only grown and processed in India and the Middle East. We offer most of our garments in cotton, but there are many of them, whose weave gives the impression that they are made of linen.
Normally, the second layer was made of wool. Here too, there were significant differences in quality, but wool was the material of choice for the vast majority of people to keep themselves warm and dry. While the underwear was mostly undyed, i. e. natural as a shade of colour, different colours and dyes were used depending on the status, origin and richness to colour the outer garments, such as long-sleeved or short-sleeved tunics. Other fabrics such as silk, cotton or weaves such as damask, brocade etc. were usually reserved for a very small, rich minority.