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Renaissance Fairs: A Closer Look at the Attire


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It is popular to find Renaissance fairs around the country. In fact, it is essentially one of America’s well known traditions. Renaissance festivals are celebrated throughout the year, at different times and different venues. Participants look forward to revisiting the medieval times through the transformation of character, wearing renaissance clothing that symbolizes the Renaissance period.

Bring the Reminder

The Renaissance festival is a reminder of the kind of clothing worn during the medieval period. It brings to mind the way that people lived hundreds of years ago. The most entertaining and significant segment of the festival is dressing up in ancient attire. Most of the people attending the festival will wear dresses such as:

  • Robes
  • Vests
  • Gowns
  • Tunics
  • Smocks
  • Bodices

The Renaissance clothing provides an antique touch to the characters that you will see. People will be dressed up as:

  • Pirates
  • Princesses
  • Kings
  • Princes
  • Elves
  • Wenches

Renaissance Gowns

Women are often seen in long gowns with long sleeves and cinched waist. Most of these Renaissance gowns are made of velvet and fit comfortably, though it may appear as if it is made with too much material. One thing is sure; the gowns are detailed and colorful, giving the wearer a festive look to match the festive activities. On the gowns, you may find sequins, netting and belts with puffed sleeves that gives an elegant and sophisticated finish to the ensemble.

Accessories and Makeup

One other important part of your Renaissance attire is adding accessories. This can include hats, embellishments on the dresses, bangles, rings, and fishnet and leather boots. You can choose other head gear for women such as veils and crowns. Makeup is important too as it was in medieval times. Apply your makeup as heavy as you can handle it. Dark and smoky eye shadow is popular in Renaissance festivals. Long earrings are also a necessity. If you don’t love the dangle, then choose earrings with the bling.


No matter your age, these tips will still apply. Renaissance clothing is not specific to age in this century as it was in the past because you are only in character for a few days. In fact, Renaissance clothing is only considered an accessory to the representation of the middle ages. Your clothing is just a costume that you will eventually take off and return to your normal life. Your flowing skirt, lace skirt or bloomer skirt serves its purpose only at a Renaissance festival. You can put it aside after and wait until your next festival attendance. Get your own Renaissance costume today. 

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