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9 Costumes That Rennies Make Fun Of

September 5, 2012

Every faire gets their share of unusual or out of place costumes.  For the most part, Rennies tend to be forgiving of really creative costumes, while there are some people who frown at adults wearing whatever Wal-mart put out this year as their “Renaissance” outfit.  I’m personally just glad to see people willing to play dress up with me.  Some costumes, however, will cause a domino effect of faire workers making the “Hey, get a load of this asshole” sign straight down the lane.

The Wrong Tights

He’s fully embraced the ren faire style.  He’s got his doublet on, his floppy hat, his knee high boots, and he’s even gone out and bought himself some tights.  Just… not the right ones.

While women can sometimes be seen wearing The Wrong Tights, it’s usually the guys who don’t understand that there is a difference between the sort of tights one buys at a renaissance festival and the sort of tights ones buy in the lingerie section of Ye Olde Tar-jay.  Most women have worn various type of hose prior to their first outing at faire and already know that they need to check just how opaque their opaque tights are once stretched across white panties.  Men, on the other hand, are typically not used to have to check their panty line before leaving the house and will cheerfully wander around the faire blissfully unaware that everyone they pass can tell just how white their tighty whities are.  Of course, when one is dealing with a dude wearing the Wrong Tights, most of us are just grateful that he’s wearing underwear at all.

Lawn Aerating Boots

She’s typically wearing something tight all over.  Corset, tights, maybe a foofy white shirt strategically tucked and ruffled to show off her best assets.  She usually comes in the front gate looking sexy and sassy.  But every worker she passes by knows that she’s not going to stay that way for long.

It is rare to find a faire that has a good mass transportation system.  I personally recommend hiring a rickshaw at the day rate if you’re looking for ease of transport.  But if you’re not willing to shell out the dough for a chauffeur, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking.  Usually in the grass.  Depending on the weather, you might even be walking in the mud.  If you are truly lucky, there will be sidewalks in some parts of the faire, but even very large and successful faires don’t have sidewalks leading to every single attraction.  So it always amazes participants to see people stomping around faire in stiletto boots.  I understand that there are some women for whom the six inch spike heel is the daily norm, but one has to wonder if these people haven’t let fashion overtake common sense.  This sort of thing is not solely limited to women, either.  There are occasionally men who will come out in tall spike heel boots as well.  More power to ’em, but there is rarely anything good that comes out of wandering around uneven ground in uncomfortable shoes for several hours.  Especially uncomfortable shoes that are practically designed to do double duty as a solution to an impacted lawn.

Mixed Media

His armor is flawless.  A perfect reproduction that clearly cost quite a pretty penny.  He’s got the right weapons, the right boots, and while one wouldn’t normally expect to see a Storm Trooper at a Renaissance Festival, you have to give him props for trying.  Except that it’s not quite clear why he’s wearing a kilt.

Rennies get used to seeing people in whatever costume they happened to have in their closet.  We get it, sometimes you just happen to have this epic Louis XIV court garb, wig, heels, and all, and there is just no other good place to wear it.  When you spent a ton of money perfecting your Army of Darkness costume (complete with chainsaw!), you want to show it off.  Trekkies of all sorts will cheerfully inform anyone who asks that they are on an away mission.  Most Rennies know the urge to play dress up and understand that not everyone has a closet full of garb in their house sorted by time period and appropriateness for various types of weather.  It’s the people dressed as Jedi while running around with a Final Fantasy sword that we give the side eye to.  Wear whatever costume you like to the faire, just don’t try to wear them all at once.  Unless you’re dressed as a pirate.  Those fuckers can wear anything.

Not-So-Creative Anachronism

She’s dressed to the 1559’s in a classic Elizabethan style court dress, ruffled high collar, full skirts, beaded bodice, the whole bit.  She’s even done up her hair in a perfect beaded coif worthy of any period picture.  There’s just one tiny little flaw.  Two, actually.  One on each foot.  The dreaded running shoes.

Whether it’s running shoes, mirrored shades, or the blue tooth tucked into one ear, it can be really disappointing to see someone in an amazing costume who has one tiny but obvious modern element to their garb.  Especially for those of us who know how easy it is to fudge your authenticity.  It seems senseless to put so much time, effort, and probably money into a perfectly good outfit, only to slap some modern element on it because you can’t do without for a few hours.  Running shoes are the major culprit in this category because the women who wear them don’t seem to realize that their blindingly white shoes can be seen peeking out from under their skirts with every stride.  Ballet flats are everywhere these days and you can get a pair that are both comfortable and inexpensive with relative ease.  Guys can wear just about any black lace up shoe without raising any eyebrows, including black combat boots.  No one honestly expects that everyone is going to show up in perfectly period outfits.  We do reserve the right to snark about you for glaringly obvious blunders, though.

Edited to Add:  There have been a lot of comments about the need to wear comfortable shoes.  And rightly so.  But to be quite honest, if you can afford to buy a $1000 dress, you can afford to buy black athletic shoes instead of white ones.  I wore combat boots with a borrowed dress to an event one year and the only reason people realized that I was wearing them was because I kept lifting the hoop skirt to show off my bloomers.  😀

Bad Homemade Armor

He didn’t have a costume to wear to the ren faire.  So he grabbed the materials he had on hand, worked all night, and created the most amazing armor that he knew how.  Too bad it’s made of duct tape, cardboard, and suck.

Don’t get me wrong.  Good cardboard and duct tape armor can be a thing of beauty.  I’ll even give props to the dude who wrote “+1 Cardboard Armor” on his terrible creation.  Bad homemade armor is just sad.  It makes the wearer look like they went their whole life thinking that their participation trophies were really for winning first place.  When you are at the point where your choice is “walk around in something bulky and uncomfortable all day” or “don’t wear a costume,” choose the option that is less annoying to deal with when you have to hit the head.  Alternately, if you insist on running around in the boxes left over from your last move, slap some strategic brown paint on it and claim you’re wearing the leather armor from Minecraft.

Corset Malfunction

She’s got cleavage and she knows how to use it.  It’s just the corset she doesn’t know how to use.

Corset malfunction comes in many forms.  I could do a whole other “9 Terms” post just on the ways that Rennies describe the results of a corset malfunction.  Table Boob, Jello Boob, Snoopy Boob, Dunlop Boob…  Actually, that might need to be two posts.  In short, the corset doesn’t fit.  It’s either too small, too big, badly laced, and even occasionally on upside down.  A corset or bodice should create a smooth hourglass curve from neck to hip, with no lumps or dips out of place.  A good corset can be hard to find, especially for your more solidly curvy women.  Bad corsets, on the other hand, are everywhere.  If this bout of creativity wears off in the near future, maybe I’ll put up my How To Lace A Corset class materials.  In the meantime, if you’re wearing a corset that you aren’t sure is laced quite right, check for a handy boothie who is also wearing a corset.  Preferably one who isn’t busy doing her job.  Male boothies will also usually cheerfully help fix your corset, but you may run the risk of being the centerpiece for a bit on how to undress a woman.

Pointy Armor of Doom

He’s spent more money on his armor than most people spend on their cars.  He may have made some armor maker very happy, or taken the time to lovingly hand craft his armor himself.  He will gladly agree to let you take a picture with him.  You just might want to be careful about putting your arm around him.

Spikes are a fairly common element to fancy armor.  Any leather worker with a halfway decent tool kit can pound out a line of decorative rivets.  Spikes are actually easier to do and can be quickly changed out if the customer wants a slightly different look.  Plus they are a great shortcut to “badass.”  Some people, however, take that a little too far and turn their armor into a veritable pincusion of pointy armor bits.  After all, if a few strategically placed spikes make you badass, then a whole chest plate covered in spikes makes you even more badass, right?  Nevermind that in a real battle those pointy bits would actually make it easier for an opponent to stab you and that the only damage they would do is if you were planning to hug someone to death.

Underage and Underclothed

She’s picked out the skimpiest outfit she owns.  She’s working the tiny top, the string bottom, and the strategically placed veils.  And it’s fairly certain that her Mamma didn’t see her leaving the house like that.

Though not all that common, the Underaged and Underclothed do show up with impressive regularity.  And what they show up in may be borderline or even full stop indecent.  Typically they are in a pack of slightly older friends and can usually be spotted early in the morning just past the first bathroom.  Security will snag their fair share at the front gate and politely suggest they go put some different clothes on, but the more clever patrons of this sort will sneak their outfit through in a bag and change at the first opportunity.  Which is helpful when they are spotted by security inside the gate because at least their change of clothes is handy.  Older patrons can occasionally be seen in outfits that any sensible person understands would get them arrested for indecency, but younger ones are more likely to think that their boundary pushing is totes okay, ’cause OMG ren faire.

Nazi Diesel Punk

He’s worked really hard to get his whole outfit historically accurate.  Black knee high boots, perfectly cut uniform pants and top, the officers hat, and erm…  Is that armband what I think it is?

There is a certain kind of asshole who insists that there is nothing wrong with wearing a 1940’s era German officer’s uniform out in public.  After all, they’re not *really* dressed up as a Nazi officer or even advocating for systematic elimination of any nation, faith, or minority group.  They’re just doing Diesel Punk, man, and it just happens that they like the German clothing from that era!

Yeah.  Fuck that asshole.

People who do this sort of dress-up aren’t really hardcore history buffs with a penchant for historical fashion.  Real fashion history buffs tend to aim for time periods and cultures which aren’t infamous for the efficiency of their genocide.  In reality these people are just fuckwads who think they are being edgy, sticking it to The Man, and getting a cheap thrill by wandering around pissing people off.  I personally do not give a flying fuck if someone wants to spend the day walking around like the world’s biggest pile of Green Mud.  Then again, my weapon of choice is a scathing remark in my most carrying voice.  Other people at the faire might not be quite so nice.


ETA: Major props to my friend Erick, who started the discussion which really helped to bring this article into focus.

48 Comments leave one →
  1. Lee permalink
    September 5, 2012 5:48 pm

    For some of us, “doing without it for a few hours” is Not On where footwear is concerned. Given the choice between non-period shoes on the one hand, and a set of blisters and blowing out my ankle on the other (and having made that mistake once or twice), I’ll take Choice A every time even if the Rennies are laughing and pointing. Although I do specifically buy black athletic shoes, because they’re a touch less conspicuous.

    • DannyJane permalink
      July 13, 2017 12:48 pm

      There’s lots of options out there that are not athletic shoes –black or otherwise. Most Renfaires offer alternatives. If you’re sinking the money into a costume it only makes sense to leave a little for footwear. I frequently wear my costume shoes IRL because they are the most comfortable things I have.

  2. Jame permalink
    September 5, 2012 8:47 pm

    That is entirely accurate.

    The main one they left out was Egregious Chainmail Woman. This is someone who wears chainmail over nothing else (of course never actually done in history). Often in a bikini shape. It’s usually someone who, for one reason or another, you do not want to see naked. And even if you do, it’s pretty sad when 2pm rolls around and they discover that they’ve literally been grilling their boobs on a sheet of chain in the sun for hours. The burn marks and patterns are wincingly hilarious.

    Slightly more rare, but one we got a lot hanging near St. Brigid’s Scots Guild, is the Clueless Sorta-Scot. They looked up the ‘clan tartan’ for their last name in a book, possibly one hanging in a kilt shop. They go on and on about how only they have the right to wear their registered tartan pattern. They’ll berate others for wearing one.

    And they aren’t related to that family. They don’t understand about when the English froze patronymics, or which families were actually within which clans, and when.

    Also, they’re wearing the hunting tartan. Or the wedding tartan. Or, much more likely, they’re otherwise dressed for an era before there was mass production of textiles and the only way two kilts had the same pattern was if they came from one bolt of cloth made in a winter. (If you were working there and had the same plaid as another actor, you had to play their sibling or spouse.)

    • September 6, 2012 12:16 pm

      Not a Scot at all. But I do enjoy Highland Games, which requires a kilt. Again, not Scottish in the least so I pick a pattern I like and can live with it. The vast majority of places that sell kilts that I can afford and that I’m willing to get mucked up don’t have a huge selection. If you wish to point and laugh or sneer it only reflects poorly on you.

      • September 6, 2012 1:28 pm

        I think what Jame is referring to is a mix between the behavior of The Purist and the behavior of The Expert. Someone who wears a certain tartan because they have done a slapdash effort at research and then tries to Fansplain their choice to people who actually have researched the subject.

        Props to you for rocking a kilt, btw. What’s your favorite?

        • Jame permalink
          September 6, 2012 2:01 pm

          Heh, I’m a pureblood Jew. We were all in unregistered tartans. Fortunately for me, pale slavic mountain folk can pass for pale arctic circle rock farmers.

          I did learn the awesome skill of making a kilt out of a long wide strip of wool and a belt while hung over and explaining the process to onlooking mundanes. My plaid was grey with a couple of blue stripes.

          We also had a Faire Kid like the ones you mentioned, though Living History Center didn’t allow them. So she was technically listed as a prop. 🙂

          The other kilt-related rule that touches on something you brought up in an earlier post: since we were in old-style greatkilts, we had the full rooster tails of folds behind us. Women were allowed to start lifting the kilts as long as they did it one layer at a time. Took about three minutes. The Washerwomen street team found a loophole: while we were stuck in the daily Death March holding up two-handed banners or weapons, they’d drop to the ground and start scooting toward us on their backs.

      • DannyJane permalink
        July 13, 2017 12:51 pm

        There’s lots of tartans you can wear that are not family owned. The Black Watch is a general purpose tartan anyone can wear. If you served in the military, then you should know that each of the armed forces have their own. Check around.

    • Heidi permalink
      July 8, 2018 11:18 am

      I hate kilts. I mean I HATE kilts. I used to be okay with them at formal events. Now they are everywhere. The worst are ultikilts. When I worked faire I was hit on often. And sometimes I would playfully flirt back to secure a sale. Unless they were wearing a kilt. And for some reason, every guy who wore one looked like something out of a romance novel. And while I know a lot of woman go for that, it is a complete turn off for me. Mainly because these guys narcissism could rival any Trust Fund boy.

  3. Carol Ryan permalink
    April 7, 2014 11:26 am

    On the shoes discussion- there are more supportive choices than ballet slippers- Skechers actually made quite a few styles that can pass for Ren. So do Naot (my favorites have a fern “footprint” which has become my character’s signature) and Taryn Rose (she was a podiatrist before she started designing shoes, so she gets arch support for heels!) The truth is, one need not suffer to be beautiful.

    • April 7, 2014 7:20 pm

      One simply cannot forget that the Mary Jane style shoe for women can pass for most period flat shoes during the medieval era. However, as a male who portrays the late tenth and early eleventh century viking, I have to wear either combat boots or shell out approximately $250+ for a good pair of calf-high toggle boots or moccasins.

      • DannyJane permalink
        July 13, 2017 12:53 pm

        Renboots are very expensive, but extremely comfortable and last a long, long time. You can also check the moccasins at Minnetonka. Once upon a time they were the only shoes that could be found for costume purposes.

    • April 10, 2014 7:09 pm

      You can do a fairly comfy day’s faire in black chinese slippers with double-padded insoles and/or arch supports. They are inconspicuous, and even with the padding can run $20 and under.

  4. April 9, 2014 8:23 am

    Stormtroopers in Kilts: It’s a thing and has been for years. We have our own squad, “Kilted Trooper Brigade”‎ We love Star Wars, kilts and ren faires (and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade). It’s back to that comfort thing. I can’t speak for the guys, but as a woman in armor, I’d rather see that than Snoopy boob any day.

    • April 10, 2014 9:25 am

      501st comes to my local faire too. The local Pipers used to follow them around and play “Imperial March” on the bagpipes until one of the Pipers joined the 501st and now they have a Trooper in a kilt playing the pipes,…..

    • July 30, 2017 5:17 am

      I love this! I’m a renfaire costumer who is vending at my first two renfaires this fall. (I’ve previously just made custom costumes, without trying to sell them from a booth.) My son is a bagpiper, and we are both Star Trek and Star Wars fans. I would FREAK if you guys showed up at the renfaires I’ll be at! Add in bagpipes, and it’s a party! lol!

  5. Adam Hamner permalink
    April 9, 2014 11:59 am

    I’m a purist. It really steams my veggies when a video game character shows up at a Star Trek convention. I don’t want to see cavemen at a steam-punk gathering. …and if you want to go to a Renaissance Festival then dress Renaissance. Cross-dressers hack me royally.

    • wendyzski permalink
      April 10, 2014 7:13 pm

      A paying guest can come in wearing anything that is street legal. They don’t work there, and being snotty about it just means that you’re a snot with an attitude problem. If you’re looking for authenticity at the renfaire, you’re in the wrong place. Engage those people because they came to have fun and brought their enthusiasm and creativity.
      A good motto that came out of one of the smaller faires I have performed at is “It’s not about you, it’s about the kid in the dragon pajamas”.

      • Anne R. Keye permalink
        September 20, 2014 11:07 pm

        Aww. I totally agree. I know you won’t see this, but we used to say something of that ilk at the Sarasota fest… I think it might be a little Rocky Horror bleeding over into Ren… I always love the miscellaneous costumers! Klingons, furries, disco… Don’t dream it, be it…

        • DannyJane permalink
          July 13, 2017 12:57 pm

          I second that emotion. If it’s street legal and doesn’t violate the Faire’s own decency rules it flies. Leave them alone. It may be the best they can do.
          There’s no reason to hurt someone’s feelings at a venue where we’re all supposed to be having fun and it says a lot about you as a person, Adam, to be mean-mouthing a patron who never did anything to hurt you.

    • April 11, 2014 7:55 am

      Y’know, there’s a whole other blog post dedicated to this attitude, but if you’re not feeling up to reading it, let me sum up: Deal with it. Unless you’re willing to pony up the cash for your own con or faire where you can set your own rules, then you can deny entrance to anyone wearing an outfit that isn’t in theme. Let me know how that works out for ya.

  6. NoShameinTrying permalink
    April 10, 2014 8:43 am

    I think everyone should just mind their own damned business. Who cares what someone else is wearing? If they are having fun, leave them be. Maybe it’s the best they can do or afford, and they just wanted to get into the spirit and want to have fun.

    This is why i have stopped going to faires, conventions, etc., because I’m sick and tired of the elitist BS who try to dictate what you can and can’t wear.

  7. Niki Moffre Powers permalink
    April 10, 2014 9:13 am

    Regarding the kilted storm trooper, Look up The Kilted Trooper Brigade. It is a division of The 501st Legion. We do renfaire invasions frequently to share the love of all things costuming.

  8. Heather ADams permalink
    April 10, 2014 9:36 am

    Our fair happens to include a Hallowe’en weekend and other themed weekends that encourage dress-up. We had a Time Travelers weekend and more or less played Dr. Who Bingo all weekend long. We see some outrageous and delightfully creative costumes. I do try to remember that what is aesthetically pleasing is not always feasible for a patron and that they do not need to meet a cast member’s level of ‘authenticity’ or whatever our dress code is. We have had the naked-except-for chain mail chick, the 400 lb Xena and our fair share of cosplay. We’ve had an amazingly accurate (in costume, personality and all elements) Jack Sparrow, we’ve had the most beautifully crafted, fully articulated cardboard armor and plenty of video game characters. I think the only issue we really have is when some Assassin’s Creed enthusiast tries to ‘tag’ our king. Who in real life was a soldier in Afghanistan. We’re interactive…but that is not the most fun game. Our fair is more historical fiction and I don’t think we really do pure very well. We do whimsy and fun expertly. On school days, we can certainly buckle down and talk about clothing, politics and the spice trade. But on the average day, our mayor has a tea party for little girls dressed as fairies.

    • April 11, 2014 7:41 am

      I’m a Whovian, so I love a good Doctor costume. I generally have the same opinion of costumes out at faire as I do for cons. So long as it fits and covers all the important parts, have fun. Which is why only the really WTF costume bits made this list.

      Ugh. Tagging the cast. There was a group one year tagging with smiley face stickers. Really sticky smiley face stickers. It sucked, especially if you didn’t see the sticker before you did the wash.

      • DannyJane permalink
        July 13, 2017 12:58 pm

        I love seeing the Doctor anywhere.

    • Tina (enthusiastic patron) permalink
      July 15, 2017 12:42 am

      Are you in St. Louis? I had a picture taken with Jack Sparrow about 5years ago. He’s here every year.

  9. April 11, 2014 1:53 pm

    One of my pet peeves is guys need to learn the difference between a kilt and a skirt. Make sure the kilt is the right way around, don’t wear Bermuda shorts, and don’t go commando. Guys who go commando are forever flashing their junk and haven’t a clue they are doing it. Oh, and the guy who is commando in the short short kilt skirt you got at Spenser’s, or Hustlers, going commando, expect to be ushered off the premise.

    • April 11, 2014 2:02 pm

      Ah, yes. One year a coworker had to explain to a young man why he shouldn’t lay on the ground with his knees up while going commando in a kilt. Especially when his nethers were aimed straight up the very busy lane.

  10. April 15, 2014 11:34 pm

    I work at a shoe booth, I LOVE people in bad/ uncomfortable shoes. =) Come see me and let me make your feet happy.

  11. Jennifer permalink
    April 16, 2014 1:36 am

    I think that merchants that point out and loudly say “Mooo” when a woman is wearing chainmaille, and is covered appropriately and is voluptuous is just wrong (In Person I’ve seen this happen and was embarrassed for the person wearing the chainmaille, and vowed never to step foot in that person’s booth again). Personally, if I had a merchant do that to me; that person would not necessarily like the response they got from me. I’ve heard people do this. There’s such thing as being snarky and period appropriate, but there are people there just to have fun and spend money; and if you are a merchant think of how that looks on you as part of the faire. No reason to call them out from across the way, better to use your helpful happy to point out that “You know what would go really great with that costume instead of (Insert offending issue), and send them to a merchant that may have that specific thing for sale.” It’s a win-win, you get seen as awesome and someone at faire makes someone else happy adding to not taking away from the experience. Just from being out there for years and years and shuffled from one end of the snark to the other.

  12. June 23, 2014 2:54 pm

    My first year of court I took a pair of old Doc Martins, cut off the yellow tab, and took blacking to all the stitching. Hidden under all the hoops no one even noticed until fourth week when I went and bought myself a pair of Sandlars.

    As for the ladies spilling out of their corsets and bodices… Many of them attempt to defend themselves with the “well I am just curvy” excuse, but no. Your little DDs are not going to be spilling out of a properly sized/laced corset. My JJs look like Cs when my corset is on, so please stop making excuses and learn the joy of a corset that actually FITS.

  13. DannyJane permalink
    July 26, 2014 6:02 pm

    I’m a 20+ year Renfaire veteran with 10 years in the Entertainment Company. I’ve seen virtually everything. Here’s what I hate, don’t mind and love about patron costumes:

    * Short, stout, neckless lady in bad-fitting corset looking like something between a .45 cartridge and a doric column OR the over-endowed lady who doesn’t understand that her previously high, firm cleavage has now softened and drooped and her formerly-fitting corset is too small resulting in the dreaded tits-on-a-shelf look.
    * Guy wearing filthy, oversized Tshirt, kilt and Doc Martins with low, white socks.
    * Anyone who does’t understand that clothing is supposed to be worn under chain maille.
    * Bad Moodies who want to spoil everyone else’s fun. Double that for control freaks.
    * Screaming and/or out-of-control children with absenttee parents.
    * Drunks. Without exception.

    * Star Wars guys. They’re just having fun.
    * Steampunk in most forms. Wrong period, but who cares? Especially love the time-travelers.
    * Star Trek guys. They always pretend they’re on the holodeck.

    * Lovingly made costume attempts in any form.
    * Disability scooters and/or baby carriages done up to look like pumpkins, coaches, chariots, dragons or whatever.
    * Seniors, hand-in-hand.
    * Weddings, if tastefully done.
    * Patrons who want to get into the scene and play with us.

    • DannyJane permalink
      July 13, 2017 1:01 pm

      Answering my previous self because I am just THAT cool: On the matter of the peeves, I would NEVER tell the patron or do anything to hurt someone’s feelings. I would, however, report the drunk or anyone acting abusively out of concern for the welfare of all.

  14. July 26, 2014 9:17 pm

    The fact that ANY of you are letting someone else’s outfit bother you that much speaks volumes. Why would you want to destroy someone else’s good time all because they don’t fit in with how YOU think THEY should look? Be a pal and help them out. Don’t get all pissy if they don’t live up to your expectations. Hate to tell you this, but even you don’t live up to your expectations. Why demand of a stranger to do so?

    Go have fun. Enjoy your costume. Enjoy the compliments, the laughter, the dancing. That’s what the faire is all about.

  15. steve walker permalink
    September 21, 2014 10:53 pm

    This was classic, entertaining, funny as hel and truthful……. But you have to admit…… Star wars did happen a long time ago in a galaxy far far away so a stormtrooper in a kilt is catching up with the times….. Lol!!!!!!

  16. October 21, 2014 1:18 pm

    So, if I’m wearing jeans and a t-shirt, can I still wear a sword?

    • October 21, 2014 1:27 pm

      As long as you’re following the rules of the faire regarding weapons.

  17. Jack permalink
    June 21, 2015 7:53 pm

    Why were there no pictures to accompany this article for those who don’t know what these faux pas look like…? 🙂 (or simply to up our giggle factor)

    • June 22, 2015 9:41 am

      Because while I am comfortable pointing out a faux pas in a general sense, I am not comfortable pointing to a particular person and making fun of their outfit in particular.

  18. July 11, 2017 10:45 pm

    Be more accepting, is my advice. If you want a more proctored experience, try the SCA.

  19. Dude permalink
    May 12, 2018 1:36 pm

    Nobody ever wore a Nazi outfit at the ren fair ghost chaser

    • May 12, 2018 1:54 pm

      It must be nice living in that lovely world where Nazis never wander around openly.

  20. Evan permalink
    August 5, 2018 7:06 pm

    This is useful information — I never dress for the fair even though I go a lot. I’m not a performer at it, so it seems more respectful to not pretend to be one. I didn’t know that was worse than wearing a poor costume.
    How does flirting with performers work at fairies? How does gaydar work?


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