To present yourself as a gentlewoman, you must have at least one basic set of clothes and a few other items. A knight’s Lady will need a bit more. Please refer to our clothing glossary for definitions of the garments.
- Hosen: Knee length.
- Garters: No pewter, copper alloy fittings minimum.
- Kirtle: Styles vary with timeframe.
- Gown: Styles vary with timeframe.
- Belt: No pewter, preferably silver(ed) fittings and mounts. Styles vary with timeframe.
- Purse: Decorated or rich fabric bag
- Small “use” knife and sheath
- Headgear: Necessary if your hairstyle is not a period appropriate one. Styles vary with marital status and timeframe.
- Shoes: Styles vary with timeframe.
- Some jewelry: Styles vary with timeframe.
- Seat: Either a chair, a stool, or a seat-height chest.
- Bowl: A fine wooden or pottery one will do, but metal is preferred.
- Spoon: One with a fig shaped bowl, metal.
- A drinking vessel: A fine pottery one will do, but metal is preferred.
- Cloke: Always welcome on cold days
- Pattens: You will be grateful of these if the ground is wet.
- Gloves: also welcome on cold days.
- Container: A “lady’s chest” (a small coffer for sundries, toiletries, etc.
- Fiber Arts Tools/Supplies: For an art you can practice, such as spinning, tablet weaving, embroidery, or sewing.
A Knight’s Lady will have:
- Silver(ed) or better fittings on her garters and belt.
- More Jewelry
- Something to add to the sideboard for hastilude scenarios: A ewer, plates, saucers, etc.