Renaissance costumes reign in popularity centuries after they were designed, and are as fun to wear as they are easy! So many occasions call for Renaissance clothing, from Renaissance Fair festivities to unique themed weddings to annual Halloween traditions. Men, women, and children always have a variety of fun ideas to choose from, ranging from peasants to royalty to pirates.
As you plan your outfit, you may wonder what exactly qualifies as a Renaissance costume. The Renaissance was a cultural movement or “rebirth” of European intellectual life in the 14th-17th centuries, starting in Italy and spreading throughout Europe. Think knights, peasants, Leonardo da Vinci, or Drew Barrymore as Cinderella in Ever After. This cultural movement has maintained a foothold in modern times through annual Renaissance festivals featuring medieval themed events, lively music, homemade crafts, and of course, turkey legs!
Here are some fun ideas to get you ready, and make sure you look amazing!
Peasant / Renaissance Seamstress
Dress in the fashion of this hard-labor woman with a simple shirt and skirt combination, representing the life of a peasant woman. What job would you have in Medieval times?
A Renaissance Festival is not complete without a proud king. Most king costumes feature ornate capes and tunics. Accessorize your royal look with a crown, a sword, medallion, or a drink.
If you want to joust or slay a dragon, then a knight costume is for you. These warrior costumes usually come with tunic, a cape, a helmet or headpiece, and sometimes boot covers.
All you need is a shield and sword then you are ready for action.
For women there are plenty of Renaissance costumes to choose. Princess costumes are abundant. Little girls and women alike love these elegant gowns.
These dress are have full skirts with intricate designs of flowers, pearls, or lace. Complete your regal look with a headpiece of flowers and jewels. If you have long hair, you can braid it with colorful ribbons. For more hair inspiration, check out these Renaissance Hair ideas.
For women who don’t want to be a princess or queen, they can wear a sexy tavern wench costume to the Renaissance Festival. These peasant dresses feature ruffled sleeves, low cut lace-up bodices, and full colorful skirts. After the Renaissance Festival you can wear this costume for Oktoberfest, meaning more chances for costume fun!
Everyone loves a joker. Men, women, and children can be jesters. These bright costumes come in a variety of contrasting colors with pointy hats.
If you are artistic, skip the mask and paint your face white and add geometric designs around the eyes.
If none of these ideas appeal to you, fear not! There are plenty of other Renaissance costumes to consider, such as fairies, monks, gypsies, and more. When the Renaissance Festival is over, you already have a costume ready to go for Halloween!
If you’ve attended a Renaissance Festival or worn a medieval costume for Halloween, we would love to see your photos and hear more about it in the comments below!