from 15th Century

Fur has been used for warmth for millenia, but in the medieval period it was often an expensive fashion statement.

Late 15thC Short Pleated Gown

Late 15thC Middle Class Gown

15thC Short Fur-Trimmed Wool Gown

15thC Short Fur-Trimmed Wool Gown – Back view

Late 15thC fur-trimmed gown

Late 15thC Burgundian Gown

Late 15thC Gown

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15thC men

Menswear at it’s simplest consisted of underwear (shirt and braies), joined hose attached with pointed ties to a doublet, a coat or gown and hat. To be seen outside of the home (or manual working environment) without these basic layers was to be improperly dressed.
Shirt £35, Braies £25
Joined hose from £95 (footed £115)
Doublets from £145
Coats from £145
Gowns from £175
Hoods £40
Hats from £15

15thC Men

15thC Man

15thC Man

15thC Men

15thC Men

15thC Men

15thC Men

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Joined Hose

Joined Hose

In the later 14th and 15th century, hose rise further up the leg until they joined in the middle, at best guess around 1420. Often footed or stirruped, early joined hose barely reached above the widest part of your bottom; only at the end of the century had they risen to normal waist level. Braies became smaller as they had less area to cover.

Joined hose – stirruped £95, footed from £115

Joined Hose - rear

Joined Hose – rear

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The final layer was the gown, full length for those that could afford it and the preferred length for the older man. Younger, more fashionable types might prefer a gown so short it barely covered the buttocks.
Wool was practical and hardwearing, silk was for showing off. Fur was used for warmth and demonstrated a certain level of wealth also.

Shorter coats were worn by poorer or working men.

Prices start from £145 for a simple short wool coat up to many hundreds for a silk gown with all the trimmings.

15thC Long Wool Gown

15thC Long Wool Gown

15thC Long Wool Gown

15thC Short Pleated Fur-trimmed Wool Gown

15thC Short Pleated Wool Gown

15thC Long Wool Gown

15thC Working Man’s Coat in undyed wool

15thC Mid-length buttoned wool coat

15thC Mid-length middle class wool gown

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Short-sleeved wool kirtle – £195

The kirtle is a foundation garment worn over a linen shift; intended to act as bust support, it needs to be a snug fit. Over this would be worn a gown or an overkirtle for working women.
Prices vary (according to options below) from £135
Choose from:
Wool or linen – lined or unlined
Laced (front, back or sides) or buttoned (14th century)
Long sleeves or short sleeves (with or without oversleeves – £20)
Overkirtle (pull-on, slightly looser fit)

Wool short-sleeved overkirtle

Short-sleeved wool overkirtle (fully lined) £185

Short-sleeved linen kirtle – £135

Kirtle

Short-sleeved wool kirtle – £195

Unlined wool kirtle £175

Short-sleeved wool overkirtle – £185

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