Costuming Standards in Five Oaths

Hot off the desk of our illustrious Logistics Officer Cian, we’ve put together an overview of costuming in Five Oaths, and how you can put together a simple budget costume, with some places to find inspiration and materials.

You can also download this post as a PDF file here.

Costuming Standards Overview

All participants must wear appropriate costume while in the in-character area during time-in. Most basic costumes are acceptable provided it is broadly medieval in style.

It is fine to wear plain, modern garments that have an in-character equivalent such as linen trousers or nondescript leggings, provided they are unobtrusive and modern elements such as zips, trouser-leg pockets, and elastic waistbands are all covered. Players must not wear anything with visible branding such as company names or logos, and blue jeans should be avoided. We suggest you attempt to look for natural fabrics and less structured garments; these look more appropriate to the world and you’ll be more comfortable.

When monstering we encourage more basic non descript base layers that the monster room can use as a jump off point for providing more specific costume. 

When it comes to footwear, comfort and safety are more important than how a costume looks, and all participants should choose footwear that is waterproof, provides good ankle support, and is suitable for crossing muddy, uneven ground. 

When it comes to eyewear. All prescription glasses are suitable for use in game. However like any contact sport we cannot guarantee their safety.

We encourage players to be aspirational and make the best effort they can, but these minimum standards allow everyone to attend the event with absolute confidence that their costume is good enough to play the game. Players should not take it upon themselves to criticise or provide unsolicited advice on others’ costume; if a player needs advice or assistance to meet the minimum standards, this is something the event team can speak to them about privately.

Basic Monstering Base Layers:

When you’re monstering, you’ll need some plain base layers that won’t draw too much attention when you wear monster kit over them.

If you’re trying out LARP for the first time and don’t have the time or money to seek out anything more specific, a plain dark-coloured t-shirt and uncuffed joggers are an inexpensive way to get started.

Uncuffed joggers (left) are preferable to cuffed joggers (right)

If you can, wearing more in-character looking base layers is very much encouraged. This can be as simple as switching the joggers for linen trousers or plain long drawstring skirt, and swapping the t-shirt for a grandfather shirt or other simple collarless shirt or blouse

Basic Costume for Player Characters

Putting together a costume for your player character can be great fun, but it can be hard to know where to start at times. Here are some suggestions on how to get started:

Fast Fashion – Penneys/Dunnes/ASOS etc:

While they might not be the best-looking or most hardwearing option,  a very serviceable costume can be obtained from most major retailers on a relatively small budget. This can be achieved with a bit of ingenuity and layering.

Linen trousers or uncuffed tracksuit bottoms are a great place to start for a base layer for bottoms, plain long skirts with a drawstring waist are also a good choice. 

The women’s section in summer often has a wide range of peasant shirts/blouses in appropriate fabrics and colours, and some of them have nifty embroidery. Even if you don’t usually shop in that section, it can be worth a look

If you don’t like the colour, light coloured cotton and linen are pretty easy to dye!

The beachwear section sometimes has some useful finds that can be worn either as dresses or tunics.

In the men’s section it’s all about the grandfather shirt or any other collarless shirts it provides a less modern silhouette.


A good option for adding a distinct look is a blanket cloak. This is what it says on the tin: a cheap blanket worn unmodified as a cloak. This layering can help hide some modern features while also adding depth and more importantly warmth. If you feel up to modifying it taking a blanket and making it into a Ruana cloak can be done with a pair of scissors and some patience. 

Harem Pants (www.harempants.com

Many of our players use this site to buy in-character trousers. If you’re planning to buy from there it’s worth asking on the unofficial player discord whether anyone else is planning on making a purchase so you can split the delivery fees 

Specialist retailers Mytholon/Deinlarp/Etc:

There are many sites which sell specialist LARP costume. A good place to start for a new player may be here: Medieval Outlet is owned by a major LARP retailer and sells seconds and damaged goods at a discount rate.

Charity Shops:

This is not guaranteed but people often say they find good costume in charity shops. It is however luck of the draw depending on the charity shops you look in.

Facebook Groups:

There are many places on facebook where you can buy costume both new and second hand. If you search for some variation of LARP Costume or LARP Kit buy and sell you should find some places to get started.

Make your own:

If you are crafty you could look for patterns online and get some fabric and get started. You could also ask on our facebook group or unofficial discord if anyone has patterns for you to borrow.

Here are some to help you get started:

A tunic pattern: https://dragonsbay.lochac.sca.org/files/2019/06/collegium_sewing_ttunic.pdf 

(Where they say girl they mean ankle length tunic and where they say boy they mean knee length)

Rus/Hero pants: https://dragonspire.neocities.org/Rus%20Pants%20Tutorial%20(2).pdf 

Both of these patterns are based on your measurements, so you can be sure that they’ll fit!

A wide range of larp crafting tutorials: https://web.archive.org/web/20230930185731/http://tutorials.abbott.me.uk/

Empire LRP kit making guides https://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/empire-wiki/Category:Costume 

Get a loan of costume:

If none of the above is suitable for you for any reason or you are even nervous about the cost for getting involved in a new hobby please contact the event team via our email (info@fiveoaths.ie) and we can try to arrange for a loan of costume for an event. Please note – this is a one size fits no one solution.

Other Helpful Resources

The art of layering: https://larp.guide/2015/08/larp-costume-layering/ 

Larphacks costume advice for newbies: https://larphacks.tumblr.com/post/117091202130/newbie-advice-costume-creation 

SCA resources on medieval Irish clothing – while you don’t need to be historically accurate in preparing your costume, SCA resources can be a fun source of inspiration

https://celticsca.wordpress.com/


Sources of fabric in Dublin:
https://www.wmtrimmings.ie/
https://thefabriccounter.ie/

And Belfast:

https://madaboutfabrics.com/

https://www.paragonfabrics.co.uk/


Fashions for each of the realms:

Baol – While the Highlanders are generally happy with whatever will keep the weather off, the Lowlanders are said to be more fashion conscious, and blue is a common colour.

Bruid – Hard wearing clothing in dark shades of green and brown is the most common here.

Draíod – often wear purple with blacks and reds.

Siabhal – Rich reds and yellows are the staple colours of Siabhal fashion, though ostentatious clothing of any colour is generally in vogue.

Uasa – Fashions tend towards understated yet elegant blacks.