Casual Clothes for Everyday: The Cuffed Medieval Pants
When it comes to LARPing or Cosplaying, the best clothes are often the most versatile ones. These cuffed pants are suitable for all kinds of character, whether they are rich or poor. The style is distinctive enough without being specialised to a certain person. This way, they can become an integral part of any outfit.
These trousers have a design that is clearly based in history, making them perfect for a medieval, renaissance, or fantasy inspired outfit. They are made with a light cotton canvas, so are comfortable even in hot weather. This fabric can be either black or brown, depending on your preference.
The unique style features a puffed upper leg and a fitted lower leg, which simulates the typical medieval tight hose. They have tie strings at the waist and on the narrow legs, which allow you to alter the fit to further suit you.
Trousers in Medieval Times: Barbarian Garb to Common Fashion
Interestingly, despite Scotland being famous for the traditional skirt-like kilts that the men wear, the word “trousers” actually has Scottish origins. It comes from the Scottish word “trews”, which describe a similar garment. Nowadays, trousers (or pants) are very common for both men and women, but this wasn’t always the case.
The Ancient Romans considered trousers “barbarian clothing” and preferred to wear long, flowing robes. This attitude continued even after the fall of Western Rome, with the nobles of the Early Medieval period continuing to wear robes.
However, in colder climates, it became abundantly clear that the barbarians had a point. Trousers were by far the more practical choice when it came to keeping warm. Commoners usually wore trousers, partially because of the cold, and partially because they were much easier to work in. You try farming while wearing a loose robe, then you’ll see what the peasants were talking about.
Eventually, the practicality of trousers won out. Nobles in Northern climates started to wear trousers, and over time this trend moved South. The style of trousers, however, saw a lot of variation.
Depending on a person’s status, their geography, or the time in which they lived, they could have worn so many different types of trousers. Some of these are similar to the cuffed pants, while others were simple, loose trousers. Famously, in the late middle ages, some noblemen wore skin-tight hose, paired with a codpiece.
As you may have guessed, medieval women rarely wore trousers. Although there were certainly exceptions.
The technical specifications of the cuffed medieval pants are as follows:
- Material: Light cotton canvas
- Colours: Black or brown
The pants are available in three sizes:
- X-Small/Small: 43 inch max waist, 34.6 inch length, 15.75 calf circumference
- Medium/Large: 59 inch max waist, 42.5 inch length, 18.9 inch calf circumference
- X-Large: 74.8 inch max waist, 48.8 inch length, 22.8 inch calf circumference