The Importance Of Clothing In The Middle Ages

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"We live not according to reason but according to fashion", said by Seneca. During the

Middle Ages, fashion was a big factor that determined the rank of a person. Luxurious clothing

meant a person was wealthy, whereas rags and simpler clothing proved a person had little money.

Feudalism ranked people according to class during the Medieval Ages, from peasants to kings

and queens. Peasant clothing greatly differed from royalty, and the royalty wanted nothing to do

with peasants. Clothing helped show the class of a person, where they lived, what they did, and

how much respect they had. Determining a peasant from a royal family member was relatively

The peasants were one of the lowest classes in the Middle Ages. They did all the
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Kings would never be seen wearing the same clothing as a peasant,

especially not the filthy rags.

Next, the kings and queens of the Middle Ages wore expensive, beautiful clothing. They

would definitely never wear anything a peasant would wear since they believed they were higher

than the peasants. Their clothes were made of velvet and silk, with jewels or stones, much more

expensive clothing than the peasants. Because of feudalism, people were ranked higher than one

another. The peasants were treated poorly compared to the kings and queens. The peasants were

given barely any money, which meant their clothes were cheaper and thinner. Royalty were given

anything they wanted, especially any type of clothing. As time changed, clothing changed, as it

did for the kings and queens. The Middle Ages began after the fall of Rome, so their clothing

was more Roman towards the beginning, and then they ended up adopting their own style at the

end of Medieval Ages.

Toward the beginning of the Medieval Ages, kings still wore Roman like clothing, loose

with a belt. After they started forming European culture and dress, they wore headdresses that

were pointed and flowing with streamers. Robes and long cloaks were also worn, and they

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