What does the smart courtier wear in these halcyon days of 1386?
Pointed shoes, commonly known as poulaines, are still being worn – but the really cool courtier goes for latch strap shoes for casual wear. Stay light on your feet with this stylish kid leather footwear.
Best head-gear? A smart little bowler with a small brim, black for preference to off-set your gaudy parti-coloured hosen,
Capes are worn short, not an inch below the hips the better to accentuate your thighs. Tilting at the quintaine, actual jousting if you’re up to it, or at least spending an hour or so astride a mettlesome destrier once a day will keep your thighs firm and fit to be seen in the latest fine wool jeggings.
Still wearing a houpeland? However you spell it – should you be able to write of course! – if you’re still appearing in one of these shapeless old things you may as well stay in your night-shirt and have done with it. You’ll never be at the cutting edge of fashion until you throw it out and don something svelte like a hip-length tunic with or without your lord’s blazon on front or back.
Next time: the knight and what the smartest of these fellas is wearing. Watch this space.