How to Make a Simple Renaissance Costume

Guests at Renaissance fairs often wear costumes from that period of European history, roughly between the 14th and 16th centuries. Dressing up in costume helps visitors feel they are attending an actual fair taking place during the Renaissance, adding a new level to their experience. The costume of a Renaissance peasant is the simplest to make. Unlike most other Renaissance costumes, it does not require sewing or specialized clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Black, Brown Or Tan Pants&Nbsp;With No Visible Logos Or Patterns
  • Black Or Brown Boots, Any Style
  • 2 Hair Scrunchies, Same Color As Shirt
  • Black Or Brown Belt With A Simple Buckle
  • Long-Sleeved Shirt, Large Enough That The Sleeves Hang Past Your Fingertips And The Tail Reaches Your Thighs

Put on the pants and boots. Tuck the pant legs into the boots.

Put on the shirt. Do not tuck it into the pants.

Secure the shirt cuffs to your wrists with the hair scrunchies. Let the shirt sleeve go about three inches past the scrunchy on your wrist. This will create a billowy cuff typical of Renaissance shirts.

Place the belt around your waist over the shirt.


  • Shirts for Renaissance costumes are usually white, tan or other light colors. Red, blue, purple, and black are less common, but are still used.

    Accessories are not needed for this costume. Common Renaissance costume accessories, such as hats, weapons, armor and jewelry, would look out of place on a peasant.