Anglo-Saxon ladies wore lengthy undergarments, most likely made of linen. On top of it, they wore wool over-dresses tied together by pairs of brooches at the shoulder. They wore waist belts that held their knives and pouches. Men didn't wear vests; instead, they wore leather straps around the chest or neck area.
The Anglo-Saxons were also known for their jewelry. Women wore strings of pearls, amber, gold, and silver beads. Men wore armlets, necklaces, and rings. None of these items is known to have come from Europe; instead, they came from overseas sources. For example, strings of pearls are thought to have been obtained from the Indian subcontinent, while gold coins found in England date back to before the Norman conquest in 1066.
Of all the things the Anglo-Saxons wore, their shoes are the only part that seems to have been made in Britain. They usually consisted of thick blocks of wood with leather straps attached to them. The Anglo-Saxons owned many types of horses, so their shoes had to be able to support them. Sometimes slaves or poor people wore shoes made of clay or sticks; however, this was not common.
In conclusion, the Anglo-Saxons dressed like everyone else. They just got their clothes from different places. Most of what they wore was imported from abroad.
The Anglo-Saxons fashioned their own clothing from natural materials. The males wore long-sleeved tunics made of wool or linen that were typically patterned. Their woollen pants were kept up by a leather belt from which they hung their instruments, such as knives and pouches. Females usually only wore skirts made of cloth attached at the shoulder and down the side of the body. They also wore head coverings called "mantles".
During winter, both men and women donned coats made of fur or animal skin. These were worn over their tunics or dresses.
Anglo-Saxons enjoyed many different kinds of food. One of their favorite dishes was pork. They cured and smoked their meat and used it in stews and other dishes. Fish was another popular choice - especially salmon - which they caught in the rivers that crisscrossed England at that time. Vegetables were also important to them; often serving as a main dish themselves. They would eat root vegetables like potatoes and turnips along with salads of lettuce and herbs. Fruit was an essential part of any meal and they enjoyed eating apples, pears, plums, and berries. Wine was one of their favorite beverages and they liked to drink it at all meals except for breakfast.
Anglo-Saxons lived in small communities called "hamlets".
These ladies wear finery because they are members of the royal household. They used to wear ankle-length and long-sleeved dresses in the past. They frequently wore a headdress atop a perfectly maintained ponytail. Along with the headdress, a veil was worn. It is this that gives us the word "finery" today.
The woman on the left here is a servant or maid. She has on a simple dress with a petticoat under it. The woman on the right is a gentleman's wife or daughter. She has on a fine silk dress with a neckline down to her breasts. She might also have worn expensive jewelry including rings and earrings.
This picture is from about 1660. Both women are wearing black outfits for mourning over the death of King Charles I. This was common practice at the time - wear black clothes whenever a member of the royal family dies.
After the death of King Charles I, his son King Charles II married four times and had many children with these wives. Out of respect for their new king, the people wanted them all to be happy so they gave them time to get used to their new life together as a couple. At first, it wasn't easy for them to find time in their busy schedules to make love. But as time went by, they learned to manage their marriage with patience and kindness.