Women's Clothing in the 14th Century


  • Clothes and what was on the clothes, like ruffles, showed their social status.
  • The goal of make a woman as attractive as possible and to make her appear to have a small petite waste. By making the chest puffy with the method of lacing it helped with the illusion of making the waist seem smaller.
  • Sleeves had an appearance of being fluffy they were a complicated collection of small pieces of fabric held by jewel fasteners, then it changed to them being tight fitted.
  • Ruffles were eventually changed from going all the way around the neck to a sort of v-neck in the front that showed the bosom; which then had the ruffles in the back of the head.
  • The waist line of women's pedicoat was either a straight line or a v shape. And right under the waist line was the skirt. Skirts were long and touched the ground. And sometimes were heavily embroidered
  • Colors of clothes were natural and dye was very expensive. The colored dyes people used were
  1. Brown
  2. Grey
  3. Red
  4. Blue
  5. Yellow
  6. Green

  • Parts of the outfits (in the order they put them on) (This is a standard wealthy outfit)
  1. Smock/ Shift
  2. stockings
  3. corset
  4. Spanish Farthingale (Verdingal)
  5. Bumroll
  6. Pedicoat
  7. Kirtle and Forepart
  8. Parlet
  9. Gown and Sleeves
  10. Shoes
  11. Headwear
  12. Makeup
  13. Ruffs
  14. Jewelry
  15. Safe Guard and Cloak


  • Most shoes have leather soles
  • The upper part are made of either leather of velvet
  • The interior can be lined with a number of materials like wool and satin