ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What to Wear to War! A Look at SCA Garb!

Updated on September 4, 2012

Every summer Knights and their Ladies descend upon campgrounds around the world. These ordinary campground become host for the Society for Creative Anachronisms and their annual WARS. War simply put is when the different Kingdoms, Baronies, and Duchy's, of the society come together and battle one another in order to determine the strongest in the land. There are many types of battles, and competitions occurring during the whole weekend, or week long event. But, like all great events what you wear is crucial.

The SCA's focus and purpose it to promote the life, times, and culture of the Middle Ages or Medieval Europe. Therefore, when attending an SCA event you are required to wear "Garb". In other words, not only do you have an excuse to play dress up, it is required that you wear garb when attending war. This requirement adds to the air of authenticity that the Society strives to recreate. Since the middle ages stretch from the end of the Roman Empire to the 1500's your options for garb are almost limitless. At war you will see everything from belly dancers to togas.

So what should you wear? With such a large time span to cover the choices are unlimited so research is key. Take a good look at each era of the Middle Ages and discover what choices are available. Are you a Roman Gladiator, or a Scottish Lord? A gypsy woman or Irish serving wench? Another factor, you must also consider is how elaborate or simple you want your garb to be and how much money you are wiling to spend. Another factor to consider in planning your garb is comfort. Since War is largely and outdoor summer event the weather can often be a factor so you want to make sure your fabrics are light and comfortable.

During the middle ages the key foundation clothing item, for men, was a tunic. This is nothing more than a long baggy shirt that was worn. The tunic reached the from mid-thigh (Roman Battle Tunic), to the knees. Men also wore floor length tunics, particularly if they were old, priests, or for formal occasions. For women the main foundation piece was a chemise. This is nothing more than a floor length cotton night gown with full sleeves and a draw string top.

Over the tunic men would wear vests, battle skirts or simply tie them at the waist with belts. For women a overdress was worn over the chemise. These over dresses were often laced at the sides or across the chest. If a women was of wealthy means she would also have laced sleeves to go with her over dress. Another popular form of dress for men is a kilt and a full shirt, much like a women's chemise but shorter. At war you will also see women dressed as gypsies or belly dancers. You may be thinking gypsies + belly dancers does not equal medieval time but this was something many men of this time period would of seen during the crusades.

Once again, when choosing your garb it is crucial to consider comfort. What looks wonderful in early spring may be miserable in July. You also need to decide if you are going to make your own garb or buy it pre-made. If you are planning to make your garb start early this will avoid any issues you may have. When considering your garb, unless you are royalty within the society, purple is reserved for the members of court so you should stay away from that color. Another key factor in garb selection is fabric. Not only for comfort but authenticity you should choose natural fabric such as cotton, wool, muslin, linen or silk. No matter what you choose to wear at War strive for authenticity and comfort.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)