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Old 11-10-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default (08)Clothing in Edolon

We don’t intend to police the descriptions of outfits, but some people genuinely do want to know what their characters would wear and what’s believable or more importantly what to put in their Polyvore sets, so here is this section. The short version is: don’t pretend it’s Victorian England or 2012 Goth Fairy gear, and we’re good.

Being that Edolon is a fantasy environment of circa 10-11th centuries, we appreciate it if no one wears nylon or synthetic fabrics. No zippers, no lycra, no neon colors, and no bustles. The basic aesthetic is early medieval- draping and flowing, surcoats and gowns and tunics. The occasional stiffer bodice for support or a tighter fit, a few crazy sleeve designs, a liripipe hood or such. If you want to be a bit eccentric, google Burgundian Fashion.

Try to think more along the lines of: Braveheart, Game of Thrones, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood, Name of the Rose, Cadfael, Lion in Winter, Black Death, etc. Basically if you are picturing anything likely to show up in Marie Antoinette, Jane Eyre, or Dracula, then no. And no to The Other Boleyn Girl or Elizabeth R.

-Linen is fairly cheap and readily available, but finer and lighter weaves are more expensive and mostly only found in merchants or nobles wardrobes.
-Fustian is a linen-cotton mixed which is slightly more expensive than linen due to the fact cotton is imported from the far north of Zaksebar.
-Fur pelts from domestic animals or even imported furs. Peasants and noble alike resort to furs to keep warm in the winters.
-Leather is tough to make and needed for tools and saddles and such things, so that it’s mostly found only as gloves, shoes or belts as far as apparel goes.
-Wool is another common material though the best wools come from Rhegedren. Commoners can very well make do with the wools from their own sheep.
-Silk is expensive and imported from the west and north - right through Zaksebar. It’s costly enough that only the richest nobles could make entire garments from it. Most nobles will use it as trim or in part of a garment.
-Samite, brocade, velvet, damask, velveteen, cloth-of-gold, silk brocades, fabric of two colors woven together, brocatelle, and other such things are all allowed.

-What colors? Any color except neons. Deep colors, red and purple are the hardest to dye and to maintain so they don’t get used much except by the nobles with plenty of extra resources. Meridiez has the best dyers and clothmakers so more Merideen upper class do wear the darker colors- plus their court sets a standard for dreary colors.

- White is a color of mourning, as it was sacred to Vinra who in one of her duties is escort to the dead. Getting married all in white would send quite an interesting message to the guests and would be an ill omen.

-What Prints? Stripes, checks, vair, elaborate brocades, etc. What cannot be achieved with weaving might be achieved by extensive (and therefore extremely expensive if you leave it all to a seamstress) embroidery.

-- Women often wear their hair loose until marriage, and may wear it down again if they are widowed. Some married ladies do wear their hair down at times.

-- Veils over the head and hair are popular. The Meridian style of wearing a veil over the lower half of the face is also practiced by some noble women of Southshores. The head veils are usually secured by a band around the head- the material of which depends on the wealth of the woman wearing it as even gold or silver bands may be used.

-- Long dresses are worn at all times, though in the mountains or the winter ladies might be wearing woolen leggings under their long dresses. Many ladies will wear split riding skirts ((we don’t have side-saddles yet!)) that essentially are very full pants, and occasionally a very daring lady might wear men’s style clothing (though nowhere near anyone from the Church or Inquisition if they’re wise).

-- For those on a tighter budget, or those with a passion for accessories, a new pair of sleeves can be tied or pinned onto an existing dress (either that is itself sleeveless or just over the existing ones) to make it look new and updated. Changing out trim or laces also works. Stain the hem? Add in a new wide band of color! Gown too tight at the hips? Add some gores to make it a fuller skirt.

-- Delicate court slippers or leather boots are found on the feet of wealthy women, while commoners make do with leather or even felt moccasins (or none at all).

-- A typical outfit for merchant or noble ladies would consist of a loose chemise of fine linen (thicker if it’s cold weather) either sleeveless or with long sleeves depending on the season and their ideas about modesty. Over this is a dress that is fitted tightly at least at the chest but perhaps all the way to the hips, with short sleeves to reveal the chemise or allow separate sleeves to be attached. A sleeveless surcoat may be worn over all this- perhaps with the sides cut out to show the figure or belted (some winter versions will also have sleeves and fur linings) but it will be loose and full to allow freedom of movement. The surcoat is mostly worn if it’s cold or when in public for modesty. Next is a mantle or cloak if the lady wishes to wear one. Lastly, if wed or feeling modest there may be a hat or veil over their hair.

Ladies Wardrobe Picture Guide

-Men wear longer tunics with braies and chausses or leggings. Jousting and riding tunics are split in the middle to allow them to sit a horse and move more more easily.

-Armor is varied by how rich the person wearing it is (or how rich the person they stole it off of was)- anything from studded leather to plate and chainmail.

-The usual type of footwear is a boot for the wealthy and a moccasin style for commoners if they’re lucky enough to get shoes.

-A typical outfit for merchant or noble men consists of a loose linen or fustian shirt (silk if you are stupidly outrageously rich... or its cold enough to justify that), a linen set of braies (think baggy boxer short type things with a drawstring at the waist and leg) with the required flap in a certain area. Next came chauses- like a pant leg that you tie up to your braies (wool in winter, linen in summer, silk if you’re ridiculously rich). If you’re wearing a short tunic then yes, everyone can see your boxer shorts and if you don’t button your flap, well... oops. Now comes the tunic- most men will wear them longer at least to the knees. As I mentioned, this tunic may have a slash on the front and back to allow for sitting a horse, court tunics will be solid. Next is a surcoat usually sleeveless but perhaps with sleeves, open at the sides (also slashed if you’re in a riding outfit). Over that goes a belt to hold purse, sword, etc. Next piece is a cloak or mantle or hood or all three. Then shoes. Congratulations, you’re dressed.

Picture of Braies&Chausses.

Picture of Anglo-Saxon Trousers


-Make-up exists. It is primarily powders applied with puffs, sponges or brushes, though there are some versions mixed with water or berry juice. You didn’t think Bare Minerals was a new concept, did you? Kohl eyeliners, beeswax and berries for balms and stains on cheek and lip, etc.

-Hair dye exists. Most often it’s girls using lemon juice to lighten their hair, but more exotic and colorful dyes are available.

-Cloaks and mantles are common for men as well as women.

-Hoods are often a separate garment from the cloak (another opportunity for fashion accessorizing).

-Wedding clothes are simply fine garments newly made- they will be worn just as any nice outfit would be. Usually they are in colors drawn from the sigils of both houses, or even embroidered or printed in with figures from the heraldry.

- Particolor or heraldic clothing is popular.

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