Men's tunics

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Medieval tunics for men throughout history

Long before the Common era, with an arise of weaving in about 7 thousand years ago, ancient Egyptians wore linen garments reminiscent of a tunic, but its golden age dawned at the flowering of Roman Empire, when this singular item of apparel has been able to define and represent status, wealth and fashion norms. That was the time woolen tunics of melee origin became widespread. After the fall of the great empire, the tunic was chosen and adopted as the basis of male and military vestments by its successor, the Byzantine.

Despite the enormous cultural and civilizational differences, male garment of the Gauls, Franks, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings centered around the men's tunics as well. Adapted to living in severe nature and cold climate, these peoples were inclined to wear two tunics at a time. Under tunic played the role of underwear, while the upper one was dyed in bright colors and decorated in every possible way as a powerful symbol of wealth and class distinction. Thus, be ready to buy men's tunics in large quantities if you're anything serious about recreating a Dark Ages character and let us give you a couple of ideas! The garments from the men's medieval tunic store are perfect for creating the following looks:

  • Viking warrior
  • crusader knight
  • elven prince
  • monk and magician

Shirt-like men's medieval tunic served as the basis for both everyday and elegant dressing and became ubiquitous in the Early Middle Ages fashion. Stitched from two cloths, it was devoid of collars, covered both shoulders, and had long or 3/4 sleeves, reaching the middle of the forearm. Long tunics were worn girdled with leather, textile and woven belts, and the military tunics tend to be shorter than the civil ones. A pure white colour of the cloth fulfilled masculine ideals of resolute austerity and only a person of substantial prosperity could afford to have their shirts washed frequently and to own enough of them to wear.

The history underlying this garment throughout the High Middle Ages is rich and, in the main part, untold. Tunic's bottom was gradually elongated in the attempts of the church to hide the human body. Medieval knights wore linen tunics for men under their armours, using them as underwear. Royals and the upper class wore them made of delicate fine fabrics, silk was considered especially elegant. The abundance of material emphasized the owner's prosperity and the Gothic fashion hid the tunics under the layers of draping outerwear. White undershirt regained its association with intimacy and exposure, and ever since the only place where one could see a man wearing it separately was a public execution on the scaffold.

Men's tunics for sale

Great quality and the broad variety of ArmStreet's Middle Ages style clothing is well-known around the globe, and the classic tunic is familiar and omnipresent in men's medieval fashion. For more than millennia this sack-like clothing with a hole for the head and hands, usually covering the entire upper body from shoulders to hips, the main piece of clothing covering the human's torso. Try wearing men's linen tunic at any medieval event, tournament, renaissance wedding and everywhere else, and you'll find you've made the right choice!

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