Hose (Clothing)

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Something as simple as a pair of Hose, was actually somewhat of a complex form of fashion in The Middle Ages. From the 15th thru 17th Centuries, The Hose was the dominate form of necessary fashion worn by both Men and Women. Although more emphasis was placed on the Male version, both types served important roles. Hoses were designed to keep one warm in Winter and offer a level of protection in Summer from diseases and insect life.


Made at first of World and later Coarse, these versions were worn by Commoners. The Wealthier Class used material made of Linen, Satin and Silk. Traditionally, Hoses were two pieces, worn on each leg separately. They were designed to extend to the groin - and were secured with string, lace or leather straps. The various types of Medieval Tunics were used as Over Garments. The same theory evolved for Women. Their versions extended to either the middle or top of the thigh. It was this version that developed The Garter (a circular, fitted piece of material made to hold the Hose in place).


Other versions also evolved. In Italy, The "Mi Parte" evolved. The were Hose with two different colored legs. The style migrated with popularity to Spain and Portugal  (but did not do well in either France or England). Some styles featured a built in "foot" component, but these were not popular among Nobility. With the advent of The Doublet and Codpieces, additional ties were created. The Upper Hose (or Breeches) and The Netherlands Hose (or lighter Stocking).


Still other Hoses popular were The Truck Hose, Shops and the "padded" Lederhosen (from Germany). These were very popular throughout Europe. Eventually, Male fashion de-evolved from The Hose, preferring Trousers (leaving them to Children and Women).