Stamus Contra Malum: 1013 YE
Thracian Fashion and Dress
The Thracian Empire is a wealthy, opulent, and status-conscious culture and its fashion reflects the noble and merchant classes’ desire to display their power and affluence. Soft linen, rich silk and light brocade are the preferred fabrics, with buttery polished leather used for footwear and structured garments. Embroidery, etching, and ornament are common, with geometric patterns, animals, and religious symbols dominant.
The majority of the Empire is centered in warm, dry climates, so fashions can be quite revealing, and classical beauty of body and face is prized and treasured. This is true for both men and women; status is heavily influenced by lineage and spiritual power, and women are equal in both.
The most common garb for women is either a shift dress, or a breastband or bodice paired with a long skirt. For formal occasions, a gown with a laced corsage may be worn, or a full-length lined cloak added. Tall boots are fashionable and heeled sandals, shoes and boots were developed a few decades ago to instant acclaim. Piercings of the ear, nose, and lips are common, as are anklets, armlets, chokers, circlets, necklaces, rings, tiaras, and bracelets. Hair is worn long and up, with elaborate styles, and dramatic colorations in vogue.
Men favor knee-length sleeveless or short-sleeved tunics with waist seams, with the lower tunic generally split into two panels for mobility. High boots are standard among the nobility, though lower classes wear low boots or sandals with leggings in cold weather. Sashes with buckles are common and usually very ornamental. In formal circumstances men will add long-sleeved robes over the tunic, but for travel semicircular or oblong cloaks are more common. In the field, military cloaks are generally worn pinned on one shoulder for ease of movement and access to a sword. Hair is worn both long and combed or short and neat, with faces either clean shaven or with neatly-groomed facial hair. Armlets, rings, earrings, brooches, and necklaces are common among the nobility.
For both sexes, favored colors include sundown reds and golds, sky blue, cloud white, jewel tones of maroon, gold, dark pinks, purples, and greens, and black. Grey is considered the color of death and is worn only during mourning.