Every culture is famous for its unique clothing and food choices. There is a Pinch of glamour and uniqueness in a dressing sense of people coming from different backgrounds, such as Vikings. Viking clothes were made to be primarily functional, warm, and comfortable, considering their lifestyle and weather conditions they used to live in. However, that does not imply that Vikings compromised with their clothing style. Fabrics decay easily as they are made up of biodegradable material; the below-listed inferences are from the fragments of the clothes left after the Vikings passed away. Let us dive deeper into the historical men’s Viking clothing:
Shirts And Tunics
Over the layers of linen undershirts having square neck openings with a flap secured with fabrics and loops that felt comfortable against the skin, tunics were worn. Tunics were Made up of wool, having long or short sleeves depending on the weather. The length of the tunics extended to the knees and had no fastenings. Tunics were the most prominent and popular piece of clothing worn by Viking men. Some of them were also used to be decorated with Viking art, but the colors remained pale.
The fabric used to make trousers was either linen or wool, secured with a regular drawstring waistband. The length of the trouser varied according to the weather, just like the sleeves of the tunic. Men who wore short trousers used a hose to cover their remaining legs extending from knee to ankle, which was also made up of wool.
Men also used heavy woolen cloaks during extremely low temperatures for additional warmth and comfort. Cloaks were designed in simple rectangular form with bright colours and striking patterns. A brooch or tiles were used to fast and them at the shoulder. The neck of the clock was covered with fur to keep the neck and shoulders warm and prevent stiffness in cold weather. Vikings who wished to add luxury to their attire used to wear silk cloaks having gold and silver thread detailing all over it. Silk cloaks were a major part of women Viking clothing who preferred royalty.
Hats And Helmets
Hats made up of wool, leather, or sheepskin having ear flaps were primarily worn by Vikings for extra warmth. Warrior Vikings replaced their woolen hats with iron helmets while going for a battle. Iron helmets were masks that used to guard the head and around the eyes. The expensive varieties of iron helmets also had a protruding nose guard to protect the face completely.
The stylish ankle-length Viking shoes were made from goatskin or calfskin. They were closed by stitching from inside to make them more durable and long-lasting, considering they will be worn in harsh weather conditions. Some evidence also suggests that wealthy Vikings were also fond of heeled boots secured with laces wrapped around the ankle.
Men’s Viking clothing was no different from women’s as the sole purpose of clothes was protection and durability rather than style!