Note: Because of the extreme amount of stretch in this fabric one of these two sizes will fit most body types. This is also why each size fits such a large range of measurements
|Size||Men’s Shoe Size||Waist Measurement||Inseam|
|Small/Medium||8-11||32-40″/81-101 cm||26-36″/71-91 cm|
|Large/XLarge||9-13||38-46″/96-116 cm||34-44″/86-111 cm|
Purple, Burgundy, Gold, Dark Green, Blue, Red
Note: Please note, with the difficulty of accurately representing colors on a variety of monitors, the color names are meant as descriptions along with the swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.
Men’s Joined Hose:
As the cotehardie grew increasingly shorter and tighter, slowly evolving into the doublet, more of the braies and chauses were revealed. The end result was that the chausses grew to cover the cotte’s retreat, culminating in fully joined hose. This new garment followed the fashion for fitted garments, and pointed directly to the doublet. This, of course, added its own interesting challenges for performing the necessaries, and thus the 15th century saw the introduction of another new element in men’s fashion – the codpiece.
Wool was the preferred fabric for these hose, or hosen, and was used in different weights and weaves, to accommodate the different seasons. We have replicated our hose in a robust, mid-weight, wool knit that you should find comfortable in most weather. The material is heavy and fitted enough to allow the hose to remain up without pointing, when you remove the doublet on hot days. In keeping with the 15th century aesthetic of smooth, shapely limbs, you will find that the hose accentuate the contours of the leg, while giving a flowing, athletic look. Whether you are built like a power-lifter or a distance runner, you will be surprised at how these hose will emphasize all of the right things, and turn more than a few ladies’ heads admiringly. (And maybe a few disapproving Churchmen’s heads as well, but really, isn’t all that feminine attention worth a little scandal?)
While the elasticity, durability and wide variety of textures and weights made wool the fabric of choice for period hose, we realize that many modern customers are extremely temperature sensitive or have wool allergies. For our re-enactor or theatre customers for whom comfort or ease of care outweighs concerns of authenticity, we are also offering our joined hose in knit cotton. The cotton closely replicates the fit of the wool hose, but is much lighter-weight, and is available in a variety of colors.
Wool or Cotton: Which Should I Chose?
If you can’t decide which fabric will better fit your needs, are a few guidelines. If your first concern is authenticity, there is no choice at all; you need the woolen hose! Likewise, if you have problems wearing wool, then you will need to sacrifice a little authenticity and chose from our cotton selections. If you fall anywhere in between those two spectrums, our advice is to chose a woolen pair for your top-end kit, and have a pair or two of brightly colored cotton hose available for those scorching hot, summer days! (Remember, the 15th century was part of the Little Ice Age, the 21st century is not!)
Detail from fresco in the baptistry of Olona in Lombardy, Italy circa 1435
Detail from fresco by Fra Angelico in the chapel of Nicholas V in the Palazzo Vaticano, Vatican City, Rome Italy circa 1448
This Lord stands radient in his royal blue linen Cotehardie with custom golden sleeve. He matches his Joined Hose to his cuffs. Beneath lays hidden his linen Shirt. He ties a pair of wool Garters at the knee and belts his waist with a Decorated Belt. He finishes off his look with a red wool Chaperone, and black Turnshoes.
This Fighter stands out like the sun in a golden brocade Doublet. He wears black Joined Hose, Gloves, and Shoes as a stark contrast, along with a black Medieval Belt. Beneath his doublet and hose are his Shirt and Braies. He keeps his head warm and fashionable with a rolled beige Dagged Hood decorated with a large Badge