Medieval chaperon hood hats, Renaissance Tudor flat caps, muffin hats, pill box hats, berets and cavalier hats are all headwear popular with men during the Middle Ages through the Renaissance eras.
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Men’s Medieval Chaperon
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What is a Chaperon?
The Medieval chaperon was the most popular headwear before 1200 as a hood with a short cape. The hood was designed to be pulled off the head to hang behind, leaving the short cape surrounding the neck and shoulders. The hems were often adorned with embroidery, embellished with jewels or cut in scallop shapes.
All through the Middle Ages peasants wore chaperons which looked like knitted caps with long pointed tails. The middle-class often wore chaperons with a long hood tail sometimes shaped like a cone hanging down from the hood over the shoulder much like the Arabs wore their turban hats.
The Chaperon Evolves in the 12th-Century
During the start of the 1300s, the chaperon began to be worn by putting the hole intended for the face over the top of the head instead. By the middle of the 15th -century, the evolved chaperon, worn on top of the head, could be seen as very elaborate headwear in many of the Renaissance paintings, with yards of fabric wrapped in various knots and twist.
Long tails hung down the back often as far as the waist. The long tails were called a tippit or liripipe in English. Wealthier, higher-class men could be seen wearing chaperons made with yards of colorful silk or damask fabrics with elaborate decorations.
For the most part, especially for lower-class peasant men, the chaperons were yards of dark drab fabrics draped about the head and shoulders.
Medieval Peasant Cowl Chaperon Costume Sash
If a peasant was fortunate enough to receive a metal brooch as a wedding gift, or if he could barter with a blacksmith, he might wear a brooch as a clasp to pin his chaperon rather than just wrapping it. The brooch for a peasant was made of hammered iron.
Men’s Renaissance Tudor Flat Caps
Most middle-class and higher-class men, during the Renaissance, were much more comfortable with smaller hats such as the Tudor flat cap, muffin hats, pill hats and berets. The tailors varied the fabrics to the wealth of the customer. These Tudor style flat caps are available in 8 different colors. I am featuring a few of the colors below.
Men’s Tudor Renaissance Black Flat Cap
Men’s Tudor Renaissance Flat Caps
Men’s Tudor Renaissance Black Brocade Flat Cap
by Museum Replicas
A grommet has been added to this high-quality brocade tudor flat cap. Thus, allowing feathers to be added for a more regal effect.
Men’s Renaissance Noblemen’s Luxurious Cotton Velvet Muffin Hats
Made in USA
Muffin hats were another popular style for men during the Renaissance. Both nobles and peasant wore this style. Of course, the muffin hats made for royals and nobles were made of luxurious fabrics which the lower-class men couldn’t afford.
Men’s Renaissance Noblemen’s Velvet Muffin Hats
This muffin style Renaissance hat is professionally handmade in the USA from high-quality cotton velvet. It is available in black or brown.
Men’s Renaissance Crushed Velvet Feathered Muffin Hats
IMHO (In my humble opinion) I think the feathers on these hats are a bit skimpy. I would purchase a few more ostrich feathers to add to the hat. Renaissance men were flamboyant and would never have settle for one skimpy feather. Really give the hat an epic style by adding several different color feathers in different lengths!
Men’s King Henry Blue Muffin Hat
Men’s Tudor Beefeater Scholar Bonnets
Beefeaters are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. The term ‘beefeater’ probably came from the Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace. They were responsible for guarding the Tower of London fortress and for safeguarding the British crown jewels. Their beginnings are with the Tudors from 1552 up until the 1800’s. During the Tudor reign part of the guards salary was paid with meat. Thus the name, beefeaters. The style of the soft scholar bonnets changed over the years to the ceremonial shortstack stovepipe style they are wearing today.
Men’s Scholar Renaissance Bonnet Hat
Men’s Tudor Beefeater Style Black
Gold Tassel Scholar Hats
Men’s Tudor Beefeater Style Black Velvet
Maroon Tassel Scholar Hats
Men’s Velvet Tudor Beefeater Style Gold Tassel Bonnets
The black hats can be worn with any man’s Renaissance costume regardless of the color. The red velvet beefeater style bonnet is an awesome costume accessory for a royals red and gold Renaissance costume. The blue velvet beefeater hat works very well with a nobleman’s blue with gold trim doublet costume.
Men’s Royal Pill Box Hats
Over time, through the mid 16th-century, many men wore a fashionable pill box style hat. The hat was stiffened and the crown became taller and was far from being flat or puffy. Some graduated to a taller conical style made of felt and called a capotain or copotain
Men’s Medieval Huntsmen Archer Hats
Three styles of Medival woodsmen hats which are perfect to accessories when playing the part of a Medieval archer, hunter, woodsmen, gamesman, or Robin Hood costume. You will be at complete ease in Sherwood Forest when wearing one of these costume hats. Which one do you like best?
Men’s Medieval Huntsmen Cowl Hoods
Cosplay Costume Accessories
You will want one of these hoods to keep in your costume wardrobe. They can be worn for so-o-o many different costumes. Right of the top of my head I’m thinking Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Pagan Druid Priest, Black Clover Cosplay Anime, Archer, Medieval Woodsman, Robin Hood, Friar, or Sorcerer. I bet you can think of more!
Men’s Renaissance Medieval Pagan Shoulder Cowl Hoods
The pagan cowl hoods are made of sturdy uniform poly/cotton blend cloth. The cross featured in the photos is included, but it doesn’t have to be worn with the hood. It is a separate plastic piece.
I recommend throwing the plastic cross in the garbage. If wearing the hood for a monk or friar Renaissance costume, I recommend getting a large wooden cross to replace it. Replace it with an ornate gold cross if your costume is of a Catholic Renaissance priest or cardinal costume.
Men’s Medieval Velvet Cowl Hoods
Renaissance reenactment costume accessory hood pieces can be worn with several different Rennaissance character costumes. The most obvious is on the jousting field under knight’s armor. They can also be used to accessorize archer costumes, woodsman costumes, gamekeeper costumes, templar, and plague doctor costumes.
They are thickly padded cotton hood coifs attached to neck and shoulder collar padding. Leather riveted straps accent the shoulders and buckle the neck opening.
Hand Knit Black Hooded Cowl Scarf
More Color Options Available
A great option for a winter RPG costume event, a themed winter costume party, and for Halloween. This hand knit cowl will keep you very warm so it’s not a good option for a summer reenactment, LARP, RPG, or Renaissance Faire event.
Renaissance Medieval Padded Cotton Armor Coif Cap
and Buckle Cowl Shoulder Collar
Men’s Medieval Leather Hooded Caps
Medieval peasant men and hunters often wore leather hooded cowls and caps when on journeys through the forests. Leather was a commodity gained from the animal skins raised on the farms and hunted in the woods for food. Nothing from the amimals ever went to waste. Every part of the animal was used for food, clothing, oil, tools, soap, and more.
Medieval Woodland Green Hooded
Faux Leather Trim Cowl
Costume Headwear Accessory
Medieval Men’s Leather Coif Scull Caps
Men’s Renaissance Snoods
Knit snoods were popular headwear for the working class peasant men during the Renaissance. Women also wore snoods but they were usually crocheted with designs quite different from men’s snoods.
The wool used to knit the hats was a material which was plentiful from the sheep all European nations raised for food. Wool snoods are warmer than modern knit hats. Most of the cheaper modern hats are machine knit from polyester fibers. The better quality modern knit and crochet hats are handmade of higher quality fibers.
Hand Crochet Slouchy Snood Hats
Men’s Renaissance French Cavalier Hats
Cavalier hats with large feather plumes were very popular with the flamboyant men of the upper class during the late 16th and 17th centuries. The hats were worn cocked and pinned on one side with several colorful ostrich plumes. The wealtier the gentleman the more osterich plumes in his hat. Even the French King’s Guard and Musketeers wore feather trimmed hats.
Men’s Cavalier-Musketeer Leather Feathered Hats
Handmade in the USA
Beautifully constructed, handmade leather cavalier hats with a large osterich feather. To truely look like a Renaissance man from the French court of Louis XIV, add more plumes of various colors.
Men’s Cavalier Large Black Leather Hat
by Museum Replicas Period Clothing
This large black leather hat is ideal for a French Musketeer costume. Feather plumes are not included and will need to be purchased separately.
These leather cavalier style hats are the perfect toppers for a semi-homemade French noblemen’s costume. Wear it with a captain’s brocade frock coat with wide cuffed sleeves, a fancy noblemen’s Renaissance shirt dripping with lace, a lace jabot, and a pair of full knee-length breeches.
Men’s Renaissance Suede Banded Cavalier Hats
by Museum Replicas Period Clothing
The wire brim of these cavalier hats are accented with a decorative brocade trim. The buckle hat band is a matching color suede. Feathers are not included. In otherwords, a blue suede hat band matches a silver and blue brocade trim. The red hat band matches a gold and red brocade trim.
We hope you have lots and lots of fun at your next costume event wearing one of these men’s Renaissance headwear. Keep in mind there are only three really important things to remember when searching for the right Renaissance Men’s Hat or hood to wear with your Renaissance Cosplay costume….
Keep It Frosty, Have Fun, and Enjoy the Hunt!
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Men’s Renaissance Separates Costumes
located on our Men’s Renaissance Costume Separates Archives Page.
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