There may be no better season than Renaissance Faire Season! Luckily for New England, Renaissance faires open when the spring flowers first bloom, run through the radiant summertime, and close with a flourish in our vivid, colorful autumn. I am well-acquainted with many New England area Renaissance faires and am always looking for new exciting opportunities to travel back in time.
Renaissance Faire Clothing
Dressing up in Renaissance-style “garb” is not required at Renaissance faires… but it is fun! In addition to lively music, aromas from another era, dancing, jousting, games, and festive foods, dawning proper attire helps immerse you into the event. There are always costume vendors on-site. Depending on fabric and detail, Renaissance faire costume prices vary dramatically–from $40 pieces, to $100+. One of my favorite costume retailers is Moresca Clothing & Costume. Their clothing ranges from mid to high price, but the quality is exceptional and worth every cent! But you don’t have to spend lots of money on Renaissance festival costumes. Some of my favorites were handmade at home! The easiest character costumes to assemble at home–for little or no money–include gypsies, peasants, and pirates.
DIY Renaissance Faire Costume Ideas for Women
For a peasant costume, use creams, browns, and tans. Wear a loose, long-sleeved cotton shirt over a maxi skirt; cinch with a cord or brown leather belt, and coordinate with simple sandals.
Gypsy costumes thrive on lots of bright colors! Layer a couple of maxi skirts for a fuller effect. Cinch your cotton shirt with a scarf-belt, then stretch out the sleeves, roll them up, and tie with an elastic. Simple sandals also work with this costume.
For an easy pirate ensemble, tuck black leggings or yoga pants into tall boots. Wear with a too-big, long-sleeved shirt, cinched with a black leather belt. Hair and accessories make all the difference!
DIY Renaissance Faire Costume Ideas for Men
Men should also find a plain, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt. Choose earth-tones over black or brown pants, and tuck your pants into tall boots. Tie a leather belt over your un-tucked shirt, and wear an open vest. Hang scarves or pouches from your belt, and tie a bandana on your head. Different color-combinations will change your character.
Renaissance Faire Locations
If you’re looking for Renaissance faires in your area, The Ren List is a pretty good source, and updates regularly.
Huzzah for Ren Faire season!