Only the wealthy
could dress in fashionable clothes. Sumptuary Laws restricted
people in their expenditure including money spent on clothes. The
head-dress worn by people during the Medieval times of the Middle Ages immediately conveyed
the rank of the person.
The Medieval peasant clothing was basic and practical.
The dress of the men in the lowest ranks of society was always short and
tight, consisting of breeches, or tight drawers, mostly made of leather,
of tight tunics or doublets, and of capes or cloaks of coarse brown
woollen. The tunic was confined at the waist by a belt, to which the
knife, the purse, and sometimes the working tools were suspended. A Medieval Serfs
clothing or dress consisted of:
A blouse of cloth or
skin fastened by a leather belt round the waist
An overcoat or mantle of
thick woollen material, which fell from his shoulders to half-way
down his legs
Shoes or large boots
Short woollen trousers
From his belt there hung
a sheath for his knife and a purse
Medieval serfs generally
went bareheaded, but in cold weather or in rain he wore a woollen
hat. The simple cap was made of thick, coarse woollen cloth. In the
early Middle Ages caps were also made of felt or sheep's skin.
During the 12th century, a person's rank or social position was
determined by the head-dress.
Gloves were only worn
for their practical clothing value and were padded for use in tasks
such as hedging