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Male dress in Rômania

Governor of the City

A junior courtier

Court undress

Aristocratic casual

Noble outer wear

Common male dress

Sunday best


“Sunday Best”

A commoner of the late eleventh to twelfth century in his “Sunday Best”.1 The length of garments was one of the prime indicators of social class across cultures in the middle ages, hence this man’s garments are shorter than those of court dress, but still showing elements of fashion, like the neckline which is a primitive version of the one shown on the nobleman page, and the collar on his linen shirt. The woollen tunic is edged with brocaded cloth cut into strips, a lavish indulgence for a man of this class.

Mouse onto the picture for detail (click for handheld device) of the neckline of this tunic. Mouse off to return to original picture.

The turban had gained popularity among Roman men in the eighth century and persisted for centuries. It was never quite accepted as “properly Roman” and so despite being referred to quite often in literature, it is relatively rarely illustrated.

For lower garments see the legwear page.

A video showing a basic method for tying a turban here

Entire outfit made by Timothy Dawson


1) Based upon a fresco in the Church of Nakipari, Upper Svanetti, Georgia.