King Henry VIII Men's Costumes for Halloween
The Tudors on Halloween
The reigns of the Tudors featured some of the most dramatic and luxurious clothing in history. Dress up this Halloween as a dangerously elegant lord from the court of the young King Henry VIII.
There are several handsome ready-made costumes and accessories available, or you can make your own from patterns and reference books. Scroll down to find everything you need to assemble a great fancy dress outfit!
This was a time of extravagance, and those who could afford it wore their wealth for all to see. Velvet and brocade doublets were topped with rich fur robes and trimmed with giant gemstones, heavy gold, and the largest pearls that could be had. You'll have a grand time hunting in catalogs and thrift stores for real or faux furs, costume jewelry, and rich fabrics.
Ready-Made Tudor Costumes
Purchase instant elegance with a ready-made Halloween costume. Add a few period accessories, below, and you'll be the most devilishly dashing lord at the party!
Compete your kingly look with a gold or silver crown glittering with jewels. Sized to sit on top of your head and has four pin loops to secure it to your hair.
Tudor Gentlemen's Fashion Show - Get ideas from these great costumesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Tudor Belt Pouches
In the days before pockets, men carried their money and cellphones in a pouch hung from a leather or jeweled belt. You can add a sheathed knife for eating and self-defense (so necessary at the Tudor court!)
Handsome black leather belt purse fastened with a metal buckle.
Men's dress shoes of the period were worn with hose. They were low-heeled and made of leather with a square, round, or even bulbous toebox. You can purchase recreations, or wear plain leather slip-ons with tights or long socks.
Alternatively you can go for an outdoor look with tights or pants tucked into plain leather knee-high boots. Boot toppers are an inexpensive way to convert leather shoes into costume boots.
Authentic handmade shoes in various colors with colored inserts, with low heels and a square toe. (You will choose colors and size after ordering.)
Boot toppers turn your plain black shoes into sexy knee high black boots.
Make your own flat caps in custom sizes and fabrics.
Tudor Style Hats
Hats and caps were a fashion essential in Sixteenth Century England. A gentleman could not decently appear without one. The hat could be plain black, or could be made of rich fabric and decorated with feathers, beads, and brooches.
Style Tip: Stiffen the brim of the hat, turn it up, and decorate the underside with pearls or brooches.
Men who could afford it wore a good deal of jewelry during the Sixteenth Century. They favored heavy, rich necklaces, and often had jewels sewn onto their clothes as well.
Look for costume jewelry that you can take apart. Try yard sales, thrift stores, and bulk bags of jewelry on eBay. You want gold chains with large links, heavy pendants, large pearl beads and pearl drops, and large flat-faceted or rounded gemstones.
Combine the large chains and pendants to make necklaces, or use a piece of chain to fasten a cloak or hang a sword from your belt. Sew gemstones, pearls, and gold beads onto the pattern of your clothes, and onto your hat.
Stately, sumptuous costume of the older King Henry in velvet, gold brocade, and faux fur. Authentic look with tunic, coat, and cap. You'll need to add tights or breeches and shoes.
Tudor Clothing Patterns
Create your own Halloween costume! You can use an easy modern pattern, or patterns based on historical garments and reference books to make an outfit as authentic and elaborate as you like.
Make a complete court or hunting costume with shirt, doublet, knee breeches, and a hat. Sew up a quick costume that fits perfectly!
A new classic on period costuming. Contains photographs of original clothes, line drawing of clothes for people in all ranks of society, extensive descriptions and many patterns ( to be sized up with graph paper).
Sexy or Correct?
Movies and TV--for instance, in the series "The Tudors"--often depict clothing and fashions that are sexy and appealing to modern tastes, rather than true to the styles of the period.
Do you prefer your costumes Holly-style or period-perfect?
© 2013 Valerie Proctor Davis