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What did men and boys wear in the medieval times?
August 05, 2010 2:21PM
Serfs wore tunics rather like those used in ancient Rome, at the beginning. In many northern areas, they added breeches. With the passing of time it was breeches and short tunics, then shirts.
Middle class people wore much the same sort of thing much of the time, but always wanted to appear better off than they were and wanted to look like lords and ladies, so they went in for better clothes. Unfortunately for them, there were sumptuary laws prohibiting them from actually copying the fashions of the nobility, so they could not wear the same fine jewelry, fur lined clothes, or silks.
There is a link below to a related question, "What were medieval fashions like?" and there are links from that to articles on the subject.