What to Wear?

The SCA is well known for our medieval costumes, but how do you get started?

Options From Your Wardrobe

A generic medieval outfit starts with a long-sleeved dress for women, or a tunic (an extra-long shirt) over pants or leggings for men. Look for dresses, skirts, nightgowns, or extra-large t-shirts and belt them at the waist for the start of a medieval look. (Remember to wear solid colours if you can.) If you can only find dresses or ‘tunics’ with short sleeves, you can wear a long-sleeved shirt underneath to cover your arms.

Simple Sewing

The easiest way to hide modern clothes is a ‘tabard’: a long rectangle of fabric with a hole in the middle for your head. You’ll find instructions here

If you want to have a go at making a medieval garment, you can try your hand at a ‘t-tunic’ instead – this is the generic item on which the costumes for a wide range of times and places are based, and just about everyone in the SCA owns one. A very simple method is available here. For a more medieval approach, try this site.


Everyone knows accessories make the outfit. So what do accessories should you have?

  • A long belt worn over the tunic, with the tail left hanging at the front. Cord can also be used. (Any colour except white is acceptable)
  • Plain leather shoes or boots
  • Headdresses, hats, and veils were common in our period, but it’s okay not to wear any. They’re a good way to keep the sun and rain off, though, and hoods can help keep you warm
  • Wool cloak when it’s cold – the simplest ones are nothing more complicated than a blanket pinned at the shoulder

I need help

That’s okay! We know it can be intimidating to figure out something to wear, and we’re always happy to help  out. We have a store of clothing in all shapes and sizes that we lend out to newcomers, so if you want to have a look for something you can wear to an upcoming event, feel free to get in touch with our Chandler (equipment loans officer) at hospitaller@burnfield.lochac.sca.org