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In medieval times, as today, both fashion and necessity dictated what people wore. And both fashion and necessity, in addition to cultural tradition and available materials, varied across the centuries of the Middle Ages and across the countries of Europe. After all, no one would expect the clothes of an eighth-century Viking to bear any resemblance to those of a 15th-century Venetian. So when you ask the question "What did a man or woman wear in the Middle Ages? Where did he live? When did he live?
As in just about any other period of history, clothing in the Middle Ages was worn for necessity, comfort, and display. Bright colours and rich decorations made for a striking medieval wardrobe, at least among the wealthy, although there was a surprising similarity in clothes for different social classes and the sexes. More expensive items of clothing were generally distinguished not by their design but by their use of superior materials and the cut. Governments sometimes intervened in who should wear what and how much certain items were taxed while some members of the clergy, in particular, were frequently berated for looking rather too flashy and being indistinguishable from knights. Trends came and went, as today, with laces sometimes in vogue, pointed shoes became the done thing, and tunics were made ever shorter towards the end of the period when showing a little more leg was considered the height of fashion and that was just the men.
The Middle Ages also called the medieval period was a period of time that lasted about a thousand years from the 5th to the 15th centuries. It is often subdivided into three periods with the first being the Early Middle Ages, the second labeled as the High Middle Ages, and the third and final called the Late Middle Ages. Some individuals mistakenly call the Middle Ages the "Dark Ages," because of the lack of written works that arose out of this period.