For your first time going to the Renaissance Faire, ladies you should know that you’ll have so much more fun if you are dressed like all the actors and performers around you. A lovely bodice, a renaissance hat, and a beautiful renaissance chemise are all part of your outfit. Nothing sets the mood like having a great outfit to fit in and play the part for the day. The following is a list of recommendations for your basic women’s outfit – easy to put together and great looking too.
Bodice: The basic piece of your outfit is your bodice. The bodice holds your torso and give you the signature renaissance hourglass figure. It should not be so tight that your ribs hurt, but it does need to snug your figure. Snug enough in fact that you won’t need to wear a bra when you have a bodice on. Your bodice should also have steel boning along the very front edge at a minimum to keep the proper shape. I make mine with four bones minimum for better shaping and sturdiness and still flexible enough to move and work. The Working Woman’s Bodice is affordable and stylish too for a basic outfit with a square neckline and made of good fabrics that won’t break.
Chemise: This is your foundation garment and as such is very important to your comfort. It should be of a quality natural fabric or you may overheat. Faire Ladies, Faire Lords makes them from linen like this one, again it’s an excellent fabric. Linen wicks sweat away from your body and will outlast any fiber for years. You’ll be especially happy to know our basic chemise works nicely as a sleeping gown if you camp at the faire.
Skirts: A full length skirt with lots of room in it is a must for your outfit. Be sure to make it a good one! Avoid cheap synthetic fabrics and printed materials. A good basic skirt like this should be ankle length at a minimum. Also avoid drawstrings that can get tangled, and gathered elastic waistbands that fall out. My most basic skirts are made of cotton.
Shoes: These have always been the most difficult part of a good faire outfit. Thank goodness it is no longer difficult. For your first set of faire shoes, I recommend slippers like this Renaissance Velvet Slipper. They are inexpensive and very pretty. You can wear them for a while as you save up for those really awesome handmade shoes.
Socks: Another important accessory for your basic faire outfit is socks. Cotton is a must and most faire people really like them super long like these Solid Color Renaissance Socks or these Striped Renaissance Socks. Another fun thing people do is wear them mis-matched with a stripe on one leg and solid on the other. Mine are made in the USA too, so don’t be shy get several pair.
Hats: Here you have a few options for the basic outfit. I always recommend a hat with a brim, because you are going to be out in the sun for a significant portion of the day – you will need the shade. English Flatcaps are very popular and easy to wear and care for. Another version of this hat is called an Italian Bonnet are similarly stylish and fun. Both styles are recommended highly for your first outfit as they look great on almost everyone, ladies and lords.
I hope you find this blog article to be an inspiration to go out and explore the fun of Renaissance Faire in a lovely outfit from Faire Ladies, Faire Lords. Once you’ve gotten hooked, come back and see what’s available for your next, more advanced outfit. I’ll be blogging and posting more clothing soon!
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