Clothes were a means of displaying how wealthy a person was. Rich people could afford clothing made of fine wool, linen or silk. Their clothes were decorated with jewels and embroidered with gold thread.
Men wore white silk shirts, frilled at the neck and wrists. Over this, they wore a doublet (a bit like a tight-fitting jacket), and close-fitting striped trousers (called hose).
To make my costumes more child-friendly, I have used poly cotton fabrics and simulated leather for the boy’s doublet. I chose to make the doublet more like a jerkin for ease of movement while playing. I have also left off the optional neck frill as it would not be comfortable to play in.