Executive summary about Clothing of Late Antiquity by Melissa Snell

As the Romans interacted with the migratory peoples who pressed on the borders of the empire and settled within its confines, their clothing styles gradually incorporated Barbarian elements. In their turn, Barbarian clothing styles were influenced by imperial Roman attire.

Very few Roman garments from this era have been preserved through the centuries. However, individual garments and clothing styles are mentioned in a variety of contemporary sources. By contrast, peat bogs in northern Europe and Britain have preserved some clothing in remarkable condition for thousands of years.

Romans liked clothes that draped loosely, offering freedom of movement. Except for soldiers, who wore helmets, Romans seldom wore hats.

In the harsher climates north of Rome, leggings and sleeves had been part of Barbarian clothing for millennia.

Roman rules regarding clothing began to be generally less strict in the late third century. By the time the western Roman Empire “officially” came to an end in 476, the people who inhabited the former empire and their neighbors wore a variety of clothing based on both traditional Roman dress and practical Barbarian elements. Styles from the orient also influenced Late Antique dress. Soldiers assigned to the northern territories were likely the first Romans to incorporate leggings into their attire. Initially, fitted sleeves were considered too feminine for the manly Roman male.

Medieval Knight Costume – Create Your Own

Executive summary about Medieval Knight Costume by David Lawson

1. Medieval Clothing for a Knight

The most common of all medieval knight costumes is a long sleeved top.

2. Knight Weapons, Armor, and Accessories

As part of the medieval knight costume, creating a sword replica would be best. You can also create your own knight armor. Making your own medieval knight costume can be a lot of fun.