Women’s Medieval Stockings

Women’s Medieval Stockings

$64.95

    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork (see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Flattering and authentic fit
    • Made in 100% Linen or Wool (+$15)
    • Comes in a medieval palette of natural and jewel tones
    • To be worn rolled down and gartered at the knee
    • See our Wool garters

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About our Medieval Women's Stockings

For the majority of the Middle Ages, the idea of trousers was simply unknown. Rather, men (and possibly women) of all classes wore a pair of loose drawers under their normal clothing. Men laced a pair of tight-fitting hose or chausses to these braies to cover the legs. The exact form of the equivalent female garment is somewhat speculative, but current scholarship believes that women's leg coverings did not extend as high up the leg, usually reaching just over the knee and gartered in place. Other than the extended thigh length and lacing points, these short hose would have been identical in cut to a man's chausses.

Our stockings are cut on the bias, with a clean, close fit in the ankle, matching the smooth line seen in historical artwork and surviving examples. They are secured by rolling them down and gartering them above the knee. Made of either a sturdy linen or wool, lady's stockings are available in a medieval palette of jewel tones to coordinate with our many gowns.

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Size Chart

Note: Note: The calf measurements are just approximate maximums because of the bias cut of the fabric the elasticity of this garment allows it to fit a variety of legs shapes including those smaller around than the maximum sizes. The most critical and least flexible(although there is some give there) aspect of our stockings is the shoes size so that should be your primary determinate on deciding which size will fit best.

Size Maximum Women’s Shoe Size Inseam from Sole(unrolled) Calf Circumference
Medium 8 21″ / 53 cm 14.5″ / 37 cm
Large 11 23″ / 58 cm 15.75″ / 40 cm
XLarge 11 23″ / 58 cm 18″/ 46 cm

Linen:

White, Black, Red, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Purple

Slate Blue, Sage, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Gold

Wool:

Red, Burgundy, Hunter Green, Purple, Black

Dark Brown, Camel, Patterned Wool (Please see our Fabric Selection page for current patterned wool options. Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us (708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.)

For the majority of the Middle Ages, the idea of trousers was simply unknown. Rather, men (and possibly women) of all classes wore a pair of loose drawers under their normal clothing. Men laced a pair of tight-fitting hose or chausses to these braies to cover the legs. The exact form of the equivalent female garment is somewhat speculative, but current scholarship believes that women’s leg coverings did not extend as high up the leg, usually reaching just over the knee and gartered in place. Other than the extended thigh length and lacing points, these short hose would have been identical in cut to a man’s chausses.

Our stockings are cut on the bias, with a clean, close fit in the ankle, matching the smooth line seen in historical artwork and surviving examples. They are secured by rolling them down and gartering them above the knee. Made of either a sturdy linen or wool, lady’s stockings are available in a medieval palette of jewel tones to coordinate with our many gowns.

Drawing after Roman de la Rose from the MS. Douche 332, circa 1380- 1400 in the Bodleian Library of Oxford Univeristy, England

Drawing after Roman de la Rose from the MS. Douche 195, f.66v circa the 15th century in the Bodleian Library of Oxford Univeristy, England

Drawing after stocking depicted in the Maciejowski Bible circa 1250 in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City, USA

Drawing after The Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France

A woman shows off her bold red linen stockings, held in place by a pair of wool garters, Lifting her purple silk backlace gown and chemise and pointing her black turn shoes to extend the fabric. Her Pair of tippets hang down to her ankle as she bends to lift her skirts. the edges of her veil are visible over her shoulder, pinned to her linen wimple. She finishes the look with a bold red belt, to complement her red stockings.

A woman lifts her Hunter green wool Kirtle to show off her royal blue wool stockings, held in place by a pair of black wool garters.

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