The idea of period costumes encompasses a wide range of possibilities, from the classic Elizabethan costumes with their ornate jewels and flowing skirts, to the medieval style exemplified by chain mail, armor and classic "wench" wear.
But your quest for the perfect period costume does not need to end in the far past. Any period of history can be the inspiration for period costumes, whether it's the 1920's flapper style or the Valley girl of the 1980s.
Period Costume Inspiration
Beyond using the Period Costumes category on LoveToLnow Costumes to look for ideas, search the Internet and your public library for images of what people wore in the time period you are interested in. For more current times you may be able to buy authentic clothing at your local secondhand store or on eBay, while for times more distant you can buy reproductions or costumes inspired by those bygone times.
Part of the fun of dressing up in period garb, whether for Halloween or a costume party, is acting the part of a long-ago maiden, gypsy, knight or pirate. Look for information on historic slang and current events that people from your time period might have been interested in to make your costume all the more authentic.
Memorize a common phrase of greeting from the time period you are representing for a great finishing touch! If nothing else, and you'll be sure to charm other people at the party. It doesn't take a lot of effort to find out basic historical information, but it will impress people that you went the extra mile to make yourself a character rather than just putting on a costume.
Seek Ideas and Share
Visit the Period Costumes category on LoveToKnow Costumes often, as our team of expert writers is always coming up with new ideas and adding articles and slideshows to help inspire readers. We also want to hear from you! If you'd like to share your own suggestions or if you have questions, please share. Log in and leave a comment or question at the bottom of any of the articles on the site!