A renaissance faire or a themed event is an opportunity to give free reign to your imagination and pick and match costumes to your heart’s content. Dress to the extreme; be supremely stylish with pirate clothes or imperially impressive with a knight’s outfit complete with medieval weapons, medieval helmet and medieval sword. You do not have to restrict yourself to these; you can look equally distinctive dressed in simple peasant’s dress with the minimum of trappings. A dress following the peasant style is simple, comfortable, and inexpensive, has the minimum of layers, and can comprise of skirts, chemises, blouse and bodice for women while men can wear flowing shirts and head covering with matching natural looking boots in the style. Laces add a little bit of spice of normal costumes for commoners.
However, no one is stopping you from fully immersing yourself in the carnival spirit and going overboard with some fancy costumes, drawing inspiration from the way nobility of those times dressed or even imitate the styles of gypsies, fairies, outlaws and pirates. Pirates catch your fancy and pirate clothes are available for men and women at a number of online stores. Pirate clothes usually comprise a baggy canvas pants, sash, bandanna, shirt and a felt hat with a knife and eye patch as accessories. Gypsy costume comprising of short tops, coin belts, broomstick skirts or harem pants can be flaunted with style by women at such events.
If you fancy royalty, you can pick from a variety of dress styles. Men can choose from balloon pantaloons or hose topped by tight doublets. Women have options on corsets or doublets with slashes at the appropriate places to show off the layers. Body hugging tops and ballooning skirts with plenty of embroidery and jewel encrustation with a feather added surely will make heads turn your way at events with medieval themes. Online stores offer a breathtaking range of costumes for events along with all trappings and accessories so you can project the perfect image. Women can choose costumes to project a demure look, a saucy tavern maid look, a brazen huntress or an imperious and haughty one. Men have an equal number of choices with monk costume at one end and a regal, imperious outfit at the other. Indulge yourself and let the inner self come out with the help of dresses. It was certainly not all peasantry and nobility during. Pirates and brigands as well as warriors had their place as well. You could well choose a costume dressed as a brigand complete with medieval weapons such as medieval sword and medieval helmet.
The beauty of renaissance costume is the number of layers it has and the freedom it gives to mix and match styles, reproducing old styles exactly or adding personalized touches for unique and impressive looks. Since there are no strict codes, you could try fusing peasant and nobility renaissance dress styles. The accent is on fun and frolic using costumes as the key for faires.