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« on: January 05, 2012, 10:04:02 AM »
An excellent starting reference: http://www.medievaldesign.com/indexengl.html

Beginning with a classical fashion in the early 500s, mens fashion consisted of trousers, fitted tunics and hoods. With the empowerment of the Holy Roman emperor, Charlemagne in early 800, the men adopted a new for of dress that consisted of an over tunic, a tunic with decorated borders, and breeches which cross-gartered at the knee. Then a final cloak or cape was also worn at times over the top. Take note, that fashion primarily existed in wealthy classes, and that of peasants remained simply what one could afford or make. Men’s fashion did not change much for the next three centuries until after the end of the Crusades. The end of the crusades marked the end of the early medieval period and the beginning of the Romanesque period.
 
The Romanesque and early gothic period lasted from about 1000-1350. New materials and colors arrived and fashion took a leap as imported goods were easier to get. The fitted tunic remained the main article of clothing but breeches and hose took the place of trousers and cloths also took on decorations such as jewels, embroidery, and fur trimmings. Because knitting was not yet established, hose were often made of wool or linen and were cut to fit very tight. The 12th century hose were about mid thigh and meant to cover short breeches..
Clothing of the 12th-13th centuries represented long, tight, and trailing. Variations came in the length and fullness as well as decoration. The lirpie became the headdress of choice for many men as well.
 
The 14th century brought a new narrowed and shortened tunic to give it a more tailored look. The new tunic was called a doublet. Over the doublet was also a collar known as the cotehardie. Heraldic crests were added to many mens clothes and headdress were also more tight fitting and tied at the chin. Professional classes and older men wore the houppelande until the end of the 15th and 16th century, under which men wore only hose. Here we also see some odd leather shoes come out of this century, with long points. Wooden clogs also existed and often supported other shoes at the time. 1450 brought the felt hat, which was often worn by peasant men in the winter. A doublet became the basic male outer garment in the 17th century except it frequently was padded.

Oberon Castle is set in the very late 14th Century, coming to the end of the Medieval period and approaching the Renaissance, but the clothing is still very simple - only the rich have luxurious clothing, but they\'re still not as frou-frou as they became in the Elizabethan times - so please don\'t add too much to your character outfits. Thank you.