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Medieval Feminine Clothing Trends

Author : Brian Petit

The middle age epoch lasted between 400 AD and 1500 AD and witnessed numerous happenings of both positive and negative influence to the society in Spain. As a result, the population had no time to figure out and come up with clothing trends. Nonetheless, it was evident that people clad themselves in what suited their social status and professional preferences. The royalties as well as the well heeled in the community dressed in relatively expensive clothing as compared to peasants who lacked adequate resources to cater for their well being.

The ladies of the crowned heads dressed in detailed highly wrought woollen gowns. These attires consisted of fabric cords that were fixed firmly at the shoulder level. Trinkets were all the rage during this period and they therefore found their place at the cords that fastened the gowns. According to one's preference, a sash could be introduced crosswise at the waistline. With time the look of the gowns was stepped up and the attires achieved a better and impressive look. They were then accompanied by assorted jewellery that replaced the conventional girdles.

The dress code for the commonplace women in the society often consisted of socks or tights made from natural fibre since pants were a rare phenomenon in the fashion scene. Towards the end of the seventh century, the fashion trends from neighbouring France influenced the way the gown was worn by a great deal. The gown was lengthened to reach the ankle level and the girdle ceased to be high-flying. Sleeves were widened and their edges were adorned with stripes of divergent color.

The tenth century saw the introduction of gold and silver adornments to the cloaks. Some of them would have fur edges. The purse came into the fashion limelight during this period and it was mostly suspended by a cotton or silk cord if not an ornate metal chain. The new generation gowns came with lappets and caps. The woman could also accessorise her gown with a band that was fastened beneath the chin. As opposed to the then conservative designs, the gowns in the 10th century were more figure hugging and therefore outlined the body of the woman and the fashion style was overwhelming.

When King Charles the sixth took office, women were required to flaunt free flowing trains alongside their dresses. This became less comfortable as one had to be accompanied by a maid to carry one's train along. However, the trendy gowns died out as time passed by. Shorter dresses became a favourite of many since then. The same has been carried on to the present day.

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