Note: In general terms we recommend Small for up to a 40″ waist, Medium for up to a 44″ waist and Large for up to a 48″ waist. This style is cut slimmer and shorter than our 14th c. braies to be worn under snug Joined Hose without the bunching the earlier style would cause. As such, they do not have attachment points for the separate legs of 14th c. chauses.
Recommended Waist Measurement
Max Thigh Size
up to 40″/101 cm
up to 44″/111 cm
up to 48″/122 cm
Only available in White.
The voluminous braies that had served for centuries as men’s undergarments had begun shrinking, once the cotte appeared in the 1340s, but the radical changes in men’s fashions at the opening of the 15th century necessitated pointing the chausses directly to the cotehardie or doublet. Thus, as chausses grew first longer, and then joined into a single garment, for the first time the braies were worn within another garment. The new garment was cut shorter and tighter, and would continue to shrink over the 15th century until they resembled a cross between a loincloth and modern briefs.
We have replicated a garment from the middle of this transition. Made of a high quality linen that is lighter weight than our 14th c. men’s underwear, these braies are designed to be worn with our joined hose without leaving any unflattering bulges or lines. Although closely fit, they allow complete ease of movement, without compromising your comfort. Unlike earlier braies the 15th c. design has a simple fly designed to work with codpiece on our joined hose for easy access in performing ‘necessities’.
Drawing after detail of a fresco by Gregorio Franceschino in the Tomb Chapel in the Cathedral of San Giovanni Batista in Monza, Italy circa the first half of the 15th century
Detail from fresco by Masalino da Panicale in San Clemente in the chapel of Cadinal Banda inthe Castiglione, Rome Italy circa 1431
Drawing after detail from a fresco by Masolino da Pancale in the Bapistry in the Castiglione Olona, Lombardy, Italy, circa 1437