Discover the range of women's and men's period outerwear in ArmStreet medieval coats store. Shop from a variety of winter woolen coats with faux fur, true Viking coats, historical or fantasy coats.
Various types of coats have been known for a long time. Medieval coats were commonly used as the official clothing, showing the social status of its owner. They also served to protect from the cold, so often made of wool or worsted cloth. Mid century coats were typically lined with fur and colored fabric, ornated with trim, fur and jewels.
Coats were common among Vikings in the Nordic countries with cold winter. Warm jacket with long sleeves was the basic outerwear garment here. In the warmer months, they used to wear woolen jackets, and in the cold they were lined with fur. Leather viking jacket was used mainly during military campaigns. Very short, barely covering the hips jackets were worn by lower classes. Viking woman's coat tended to be longer, made of bright color wool cloth, often trimmed or embroidered.
Outerwear evolution was extremely slow. In accordance with Byzantine heritage, early Middle Ages overcoats tightly concealed figure. For centuries, nothing encouraged the search for new forms. Resembling a shirt, noble coats draped all the way down to the ground, while the middle-class overcoats reached up to the knees. Overcoats were pulled over and fastened in front with a buckle, as the buttons were not yet known then.
With the advent of tailor shops in about 12th century, one could buy medieval coats, ready-made or a custom one. Tailors replace clumsy overcoats with surcoats, cotehardies and floor sweeping houppelandes. Surcoat originally was a tabard, worn over the armor. Civil surcoat was girded with a belt, sometimes supplied with short loose sleeves or with a hood. It was willingly worn by pilgrims, as it perfectly protected them from the foul weather.
Middle Ages coats entered a period of change in the 13 century when cutting was invented. It was the start of fitted coats, made in accordance with the customer's measurements. Cotehardie became the first example of a fitted coat, originated in the early 14th century. Men's cotehardie, or doublet, was a buttoned coat of mid-thigh length, while women's cotehardie with flared skirt featured floor length, lacing at the back and buttons in the front portion.
Tie your medieval style together with a belted coat, boost your fantasy character with a fantasy overcoat, or trim your period look with any-weather leather Viking jacket!