Hestian traditional ladyclothes modeled by a woman with paddlehands. It’s the same setup as the dudeclothes so really there’s nothing much to say about them. The two middle designs would be more common and the far right almost exclusively upper class.
Hestian traditional fashion for dudes
So after I made that post I decided to sit down and design some real clothes for these people. No longer shall they pose naked in white voids. Now they shall pose in white voids dressed in an unholy dubstep mashup of Persian-Napoleonic-Scottish-Highland-Japanese dress, complete with celtic knotwork. And women’s shoes from the 80s.
Above is a pretty basic day-to-day outfit that men in the region wear. The horrific colors are only there as a visual aid, diagramming the various layers.
It is comprised of:
- a long sleeved, high necked undershirt (magenta)
- a loose 2nd layer shirt (brown)
- leggings or tight pants (teal)
- a waist sash to cinch the 2nd layer (green)
- a top wrap which tucks into the waist sash (dark blue)
- a second, twisted sash or cord worn by warriors to hold swords (burgundy)
This ensemble is standard for pretty much everyone who isn’t doing some form of hard manual labor, in which case you’d forgo the top (blue) wrap.
Since mostly everyone wears the same outfit, class distinctions are made on the quality of the material and the detailing of the embroidery. There’s no restrictions on what colors can be worn, but only the upper classes tend to be able to afford rich and vibrant hues. There are numerous ways to wrap the top layer and waist sash which are appropriate for different kinds of social occasions, and are sometimes indicative of one’s profession.
The only part of the outfit that is exclusive to a specific rung of the social ladder is the animal fur pinned to the top layer, which is reserved for the warrior caste. It is also seen on the nobility, since most of them are expected to train in martial arts and lead men in battle. The High King also wears one by default.
The fur is basically a badge of honor, an acknowledgment of one’s skill. It comes from an animal that’s basically an especially fluffy wolverine, which may only be hunted by those who merit that honor. The color of the fur indicates rank. Vassals wear brown and gray fur. Lords may wear black. Only the High King may wear white. There are harsh penalties for wearing colors inappropriate for one’s rank, and the punishment is death outright to anyone outside the warrior caste foolish enough to wear said fur. While the top wrap is not worn into battle (for obvious reasons), the fur itself is and is not supposed to be cleaned of any bloodstains accrued during fighting as an homage to the dead. When it becomes too filthy to wear any longer it is burned, the ashes buried, and the wearer hunts for a new one.
This uniform existed, unchanged, for more than 300 years. Eventually the top wrap was discarded and the loose shirt was replaced by tailored styles.
Aaaaaand as a reward for reading through all that, here’s a hastily drawn Ainmere in less offensive grayscale