Getting Started Step 2a:  Acquiring Basic Garb – Buying Basic Garb


Not that you have practiced with us, it is time to find some garb so that you can attend practices and events without needing to borrow clothes.

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Unlike many sports and hobbies that absolutely require thousands of dollars investment, Dagorhir is incredibly cost friendly to start.  Basic garb can be outright purchased for less than one hundred dollars.  (If you have some basic sewing skills, the cost drops even further.)

If Dagorhir grows important to you, undoubtedly you will want to express yourself through your garb and will work towards making it polished and authentic.  But don’t worry about that at first.  At first, you will just need four basic things to get started: (1) a basic medieval tunic, (2) basic garb pants, (3) a medieval belt, (4) an overtunic.  As long as you have dark/earth-toned shoes without obvious logos, you don’t have to worry about footwear.

Below is a buying guide for each of the four basic parts to starter garb.

(Note: Much of the production LARP garb featured is listed from the Medieval Collectibles online store.  The very same production garb is sold in other places as well, but as of the time of the writing of this guide, the links listed featured the lowest price we found.  Feel free to do further research.  If you find a lower price, let us know so we can up date this page!)

Basic Medieval Tunic

A medieval tunic is pretty much a long shirt that reached down to the knees.  It was a staple for both men and women.  As a rule, order larger than you need.  A good tunic is the most important part of any basic garb kit, because it’s length allows it to hide any imperfections in the rest of the garb.  Extra room is both more authentic and important while competing in Dagorhir combat.  The Wallguard recommends the following tunics in black or red.  (Black or Red tunics/shirts are worn under a Kingdom Surcoat.)

Simple Tunic $20-$30

Simple Tunic

  • Plain
  • 100% Cotton
  • Comes in Black
  • Very inexpensive
  • Production
Simple Tunic 2

  • Plain w/ nicer collar
  • 100% Cotton
  • Comes in Black or Red
  • Inexpensive
  • Production
Simple Tunic 3

  • Plain
  • Better, longer, length
  • 100% Cotton
  • Comes in Black
  • Inexpensive
  • Production
Handmade Collared Shirt

  • Plain
  • Laced at neck w/ collar
  • 100% Cotton Muslin (Very light weight)
  • Comes in Black
  • Inexpensive
  • Handmade

Nicer Tunic $31-$40

Black and Red Tunic

  • Higher Quality
  • 100% Cotton
  • Black w/ Red Trim
  • Production
Handmade Long Shirt

  • Basic Long Shirt
  • Laced at neck
  • Comes in Black & Red
  • Variety of Cloths (Inquire to find toughest)
  • Handmade
Norse Trimmed Tunic

  • Patterned Trim
  • Viking Style
  • Comes in Black & Red
  • Production
Trimmed Canvas Tunic

  • Patterned Trim
  • Short Sleeves
  • Comes in Red
  • Production
Trimmed Long Tunic

  • Full length tunic
  • Trimmed
  • Comes in Black & Red
  • Production
Knight’s Tunic

  • Classy Style
  • Short Sleeves
  • Complete Trim
  • Comes in Black
  • Production
Handmade Tunic

  • Basic Tunic
  • Full Length
  • Comes in Black & Red
  • Cotton Broadcloth
  • Handmade
Handmade Collared Shirt

  • Long Tunic/Shirt
  • Laced at Neck
  • Collar
  • Comes in Black
  • Poly/Cotton
  • Handmade
  • Add $5 for custom colors (red)

Basic Garb Pants

The second most important piece of garb is a pair of medieval pants.  Jeans, dress pants, yoga pants, shorts, and khakis won’t cut it.  However, there are still a few types of pants worn today that are very similar to period pants.  This gives new fighters some wiggle room to save money.  Dark and earth-toned tie-front scrub pants look very similar to period pants and any dissimilarities are mostly covered by a good tunic.  Thus, pants are an area where you can save some money.

Simple Pants $15-$30

Landau Scrub Pant

  • Plain
  • Drawstring
  • 65% Polyester/
    35% Cotton
  • Comes in Black
  • Very inexpensive

Basic Medieval Belt

A good garb belt is essential to the look of your garb kit.  You will use the belt not only to hold your tunic and overtunic down, but also to hang pouches, belt flags, and tokens.  Your garb belt should be exclusively that:  a belt you keep as part of your Dagorhir kit.  Garb belts can range from plain to highly decorative works of art, and anything in between.  Fortunately for new fighters, the traditional medieval belt was very similar to a standard wide modern men’s leather belt.  So new fighters can simply pick out a nice wide brown or black belt from the local department store.  The one big difference between daily wear and garb belts is that you want your garb belt to be long.  Very long.  A garb belt should be long enough that it can be knotted (see Loken’s picture above) and still hang down to your knees.

If you want to purchase a more ornate or authentic belt—while still staying on budget—check out the sellers below.

Authentic Medieval Belt Searches

Search for Medieval belts on Etsy

  • Wide range of quality
  • Often more expensive
Search for Medieval Belts on Dark Knight Armory

  • Variety of quality and expense

Basic Overtunic

The best overtunic for a new fighting member of the Kingdom of Akron is a Wallguard Surcoat (see Loken’s picture).  The Wallguard Surcoat is required if an Akronian wants to advance in the elective Wallguard ranking system.  Unfortunately for new fighters, we do not yet have a retailer who sells Wallguard Surcoats.  When that changes, we will update this page.

In the meantime, fighters have two good options.  The overtunic is not essential—just really, really nice—so new fighters can wait until a group build day.  The other option is to get a different over tunic in the meantime.  We have found relatively few sellers for overtunics at prices low enough to put on this page.  So it will be up to you to do some online research to find the right overtunic for your look.

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