One of the key distinguishing features of the Renaissance period was a surge in fashion, led by high society and the royals. Renaissance dresses evolved into various statements of style, the richer and higher up the social ladder a person was, the more elaborate and richer his style of clothing. Renaissance fashion evolved differently, led by France and Italy, each with its unique style. The French went in for lots of lace and ruffles. Silk, damask, cotton, fine velvet, brocade and lace were used in the making of a renaissance dress, further embellished by jewels and accessories, people dressing up according to their status. These rich and fanciful renaissance Costumes still interest people, especially when you have to attend a renaissance faire or event and conform to the theme. With the right renaissance Costumes you can give yourself authentic renaissance looks. You can dress in a simple peasant costume or in an elaborate prince or princess dress. You can attend such popular renaissance faires or events in renaissance Clothes or pirate clothes.
Renaissance dresses for men from the higher strata of society usually comprised of a vest without sleeves, a knee length robe, shirts without collars but with very loose sleeves and frilly cuffs, an upper hose coming down to the knees and stockings extending from the knees to the feet. A sash completed the outfit with appropriate shoes. Renaissance Costumes for women belonging to the nobility usually consisted of large hoped skirts, dresses with loose sleeves opening up at the wrists, laced bodice, full skirt made of richly embroidered velvet and a low neckline. Fabrics used in the renaissance dress were dark blue, burgundy and green in colour. Brocade and velvet were the fabrics of choice for royalty, heavily embellished with embroidery, fur and jewels. Feathers and plumes were also popular as adornments. A renaissance dress worn by peasants and common people was plain by comparison and made of homespun fabric with little by way of embellishment. Common men wore long shirts without collars with long billowing sleeves, tightened at the wrist. Breeches formed the lower part of the renaissance dress, tied at the waist and then again from the ankle to the knee or ending at the knee with stockings worn below the knee. Simple, rough leather boots completed the dress. A leather belt over the shirt completes the dress. A common woman would wear a long straight dress with full sleeves tightened at the wrist. Contrasted to nobility, common women wore lighter coloured fabrics.
Pirates operating in those times had their style of dress bordering on the extravagantly flamboyant. A pirate dress usually consists of brightly coloured shirt, waistcoat and breeches with a silk sash tied around the waist and a leather sash diagonally across the shoulder. A tricorn hat with a feather in it and boots with jewellery and bandanna completed the pirate clothing outfit. A set of pirate clothing goes with accessories such as earrings, braids, ribbons, belts, buckles, wigs, sword and scarves for a colourful, swashbuckling look.
Today there are shops, brick and mortar as well as online ones, selling a range of renaissance costumes and renaissance clothes, making your job of finding them all in one place easier.