Fashion in the Middle Ages

Fashion in the Middle Ages

Most people in the Middle Ages wore woolen clothing, with undergarments made of linen. Brighter colors, better materials, and a longer jacket length were usually sighs of greater wealth. The clothing of the aristocracy and wealthy merchant tended to be elaborate and changed according to the dictates of fashion. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, men of the wealthy classes sported hose and a jacket, often with pleating or skirting, or a tunic with a surcoat. Women wore flowing gowns and elaborate headwear, ranging from headdresses with hearts or butterflies to tall steeple caps and Italian turbans.