You're not gonna want to give up your last Leonardo Carbone shirt. Not only are our shirts incredibly comfortable - almost all our medieval shirts are wide cut and available up to size XXXL. Some of our medieval shirts are even available in oversize XXXXL. Together with your medieval trousers you will get an unbeatable combination. Accessories such as a leather long belt, gauntlet boots or a medieval hat can be worn with it. A cape is also indispensable, especially for the cooler days. And because you can never have enough shirts, there are many of our shirt models in the most diverse colours and fabrics. For the winter our collection offers old-fashioned shirts made of coarse cotton or wool shirts and for the summer you have the choice between sleeveless cotton shirts or short-sleeved shirts besides the classic long-sleeved shirts. Almost all our historical shirts are available either in 100% cotton or in a cotton-linen blend.
Medieval garb: from the undergarment to the shirt
The term shirt comes from the Old High German "Hemidi" and means as much as shirt, robe or throw. The garment, which was indispensable especially during the Middle Ages and the Vikings, presents itself in the most diverse variations. Different collar, neckline and sleeve shapes as well as lengths can be combined, which allow a varied medieval garb from the classic Viking shirt to the linen shirt.
The shirt probably evolved from the Roman undergarment, which was a floor-length garment with a simple neckline at the arms and neck. While it was initially worn only as an undergarment, its use expanded as cuffs were added and collar shapes varied in the Middle Ages.
Although the shirt probably did not naturalize as a classic outer garment until the 19th century, it is impossible to imagine the world of the Middle Ages and the Vikings without it. The combination of shirt and trousers has become a popular dress code of the Middle Ages. Cotton shirts and linen shirts show up in numerous variations and feature chest lacing, button plackets, and different sleeve and collar shapes.
Medieval and Viking shirts in all variations
Medieval shirts derives from found objects. These show that the collar shape and necklines allowed numerous variations. In the Viborg shirt, for example, the neckline has a lacing that closes the cotton or linen shirt. The Skjoldenhamn shirt, on the other hand, features a plain V-neck, while overall it looks less like a shirt and much more like a tunic.
The Viborg shirt also features two vertical slits that are incorporated at the bottom of the Viking shirt on each side, optimizing freedom of movement. The Skjoldenhamn serves the same purpose, but employs two sewn-in wedges.
These two findings on Viking shirts already show that the different nature of medieval shirts probably knew few limits. Therefore, to take you back to the world of the Middle Ages, a wide selection of cotton and linen shirts, both cozy and authentic, awaits you at Leonardo Carbone.