Medieval shirts, blouses and tunics for (almost) every occasion!
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.
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!
Also with the ladies there is often a fundamental misunderstanding with medieval clothing to observe. E. g. this: for the first time in the late Middle Ages there was a separation between outer clothing 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 ladies' shirts, which were then increasingly combined with bodices and eventually with corsages. However, it took quite a while before the concept became widely accepted. So you can say here too: skirt, bodice and "Middle Ages" blouse belong to the Renaissance or later epochs.
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.