Anglo – Saxon Fashion

Anglo-Saxon people usually wore clothes made from wool or animal skins. Women spun (= lavoravano) the wool from sheep and goats (= capre) to make thread (= fili) . They used a loom (= telaio) to weave (= tessere)  the thread (= fili) into cloth (= tessuto).
Men wore tunics, usually with long sleeves (= maniche lunghe), with tight (= attillati) trousers or leggings, wrapped (= legati) around with strips (= stringhe) of cloth (= tessuto) or leather (= pelle).
The wearing of trousers had long distinguished the ‘barbarians’ from the Greeks and Romans
Women wore long dresses. We do not know how Anglo-Saxon women kept their legs warm, they may have simply added extra layers (= strati) of gowns (=gonne).
Shoes would generally be of leather,  round-toed, flat soled and reach to the ankle or just below (con la punta arrotonadata, la suola piatta e arrivavano fino alla caviglia o appena sotto). Probably sandals of the Iron Age and late Roman type were still being used. Shoes were stitched or laced (= tenute insieme) together with leather thongs (= strisce), not nailed as with some Roman examples. Shoes would be or rawhide.
As far as we know these shoe types could be worn by either sex.
As to the hairstyles, it varied from tribe to tribe. In some tribes warriors allowed their hair and beard to grow until they killed an enemy. Others tied their hair up in a knot ( = annodati) at the side of the head. The Roman historian Tacitus tells us that the style was the mark of the freeman.
Women’s hair was long sometimes loose (= sciolti) but often plaited (= intrecciati). Some representations show the hair drawn back from the face (tirati indietro), presumably into a plait (= treccia) or pony-tail (= coda di cavallo). We do not know how they tied them up.
Some continental sculptures show quite elegant coiffures, and a pair of pony-tails fastened (= legate) behind each ear are also often represented.