It's about time for Renaissance Faires to really start gearing up, so I've been on the lookout for amazing Ren Faire costumes. I love going to the Faire, and I'm sure many of you do as well! If you need a little inspiration for your next look, there's a world of truly exquisite Ren Faire costumes out there. Whether you want to be a wench, a pirate, a faerie, a knight, or a wizard, check out these incredible looks!
1. Tapestry Vests
Not all Ren Faire costumes have to be totally epic. You can choose a simple tapestry vest over a skirt, especially if your festival is in a really hot or humid location.
2. Gypsy Flair
At any Faire, you'll see lots of gypsy costumes – and you'll see lots of them here as well. The great part is that they're easy to make yourself.
3. Buccaneer Beauty
Not quite a pirate, not quite a buccaneer either, but this is a great costume. It's lighter, comfortable, cool, and definitely cute!
4. The Pirate Mainstay
Faires are filled with pirates too, both male and female. If you need an idea for your boyfriend, spouse, or guy friend, make him channel Captain Jack Sparrow!
5. Half Wench, Half Faerie
A costume like this is really versatile, and it also promises to feel comfortable in the heat. I love the colors!
6. Katniss Cool
Via The Archeress
Ready to channel your inner archer? This is what Katniss would look like back in medieval days, don't you think?
7. Patchwork Pretty
This is just gorgeous, and it looks so fun! Again, if you're skilled with a needle and thread, you could easily make your own patchwork skirt.
8. Renaissance Witch Dress
Though this is called a witch dress, I don't see anything particularly witchy about it. I do, however, think the color is gorgeous, and wonderfully royal – which is just what you need at a Ren Faire!
9. Medieval Dream
Looking to hit up the Faire as a true lady of the court? You definitely need to think about costumes with velvet, elegant prints, and rich colors.
10. Hips Don't Lie
Here's another gypsy costume, completely made by the sash around the waist. You know you'd be working your hips, just to hear the jingle!
11. Robin Hood Costume
Here's another one for the lads. Robin Hood inspired looks are always popular, but there's no reason you can't dress up as the Princess of Thieves yourself.
12. Lady in Waiting
The colors, the material, the silhouette … don't you love this dress? Even the suggested jewelry is fabulous!
13. Peacock Fairy Renaissance Costume
From the wings to the color scheme, this costume nails the fantastical element found at Ren Faires. Wings are always a big hit anyway, and the lightweight quality is perfect for late summer and early fall.
14. Renaissance Pirate Maiden Wench Gown
Well, even pirate ships need their wenches, you know. Besides, that dagger lets all the salty sea dogs know not to mess with you.
15. Common Couture
There's no saying you have to go all-out, even when you're dressing up. Go with something light, casual, and without all the frills. You'll look like a villager while still impressing your fellow festival goers.
16. The Perfect Pirate Frock
If you want to be the baddest pirate on deck, something like this is both gorgeous and edgy – from a medieval perspective, of course.
17. Autumn Glory Faerie
This is such a beautiful costume! It's ideal for fall Faires, but the design is lightweight enough for hot weather as well.
18. Peasant Chic
Casual peasant garb is both beautiful and comfortable. Something like this is easy to put together, but very effective.
19. Flamenco Fab
Although this is perfect for a wench, a gypsy, a pirate, or various other characters, I think there's some serious Flamenco flair in the skirt.
20. Renaissance Fairy Costume
Fairies, faeries, nymphs, pixies – call them what you will, this works for all.
21. Swashbuckling Style
Pirates really are popular, but it's not hard to see why.
22. Renaissance Royalty
You might not have the prestige of being a member of the royal court, but you can still dress like it. Why not bring your beloved and dress as a royal couple?
23. Court Couture
Of course, if you can snag a part in the court, you need to dress the part. Royal looks are marvelously fancy!
24. Celestial Garb
Anything that showcases the moon and stars will look fantastic and fit right in. A traditional frock, with corset and chemise, is the perfect vehicle for the motif.
25. Couple Costume
This ain't your momma's Maid Marian! But seriously, couple costumes are fun, and a few inhabitants of Sherwood Forest are always welcome.
26. Renaissance Fairy Costume
This is a fab fall look as well, but does indeed work as a fairie costume as well.
27. Red, Red Wine
Dramatic colors always look wonderful at the Renaissance Faire. Choose something like this lovely shade of wine red and you're sure to be a standout.
28. Fancy Free
The work on some of these costumes is just amazing. What would your character be if you wore this?
29. Court Gown
Again, you don't actively need to be in the court to dress like it. Of course, in something like this, you might get asked to serve during the next season.
30. Ravishing Rag Skirt
If you don't want to get fully dressed up, pick a single, interesting piece – like a rag skirt, which lends itself well to gypsies, faeries, nymphs, and pixies.
31. Riding Outfits
Equestrian-esque options work wonderfully well at the Faire as well. If you choose a more authentic route, then an ensemble like this will wow the crowd.
32. Mermaid Inspired
This is just gorgeous, and it's ideal for the inner mermaids out there. Bonus points if you incorporate your hair color into your look!
33. She Wore Red Velvet
Truthfully, any kind of velvet works, but be mindful of how hot you feel. If you'll be walking around in the middle of the day, you don't want a costume that feels too heavy.
34. Austere Beauty
A little European villager in terms of design, this is austere but not too severe. It's simple, but it gets the point across beautifully.
35. Pirate Gown
I love everything about this, from the patchwork look created by the competing patterns, textures, and materials to the jaunty look of it. Those gloves!
36. Puppet Master
Via Giant Puppeteer
This would take quite a lot of work, but wouldn't it be worth it?
37. Autumn Fairy
Love it! Love everything about it!
38. Dragon Warrior
These are just great costumes. This is the kind of creativity and attention to detail I love seeing at the Ren Faire!
39. The Real Captain
There's nothing better than a bad-ass pirate. However, you HAVE to pull off that swagger too!
40. The Other Real Captain
So, I just couldn't resist this one either. Love the hat!
41. Knight in Shining Armor
You see a lot of male knights at the Ren Faire, but nuh-uh. Sisters-in-Renaissance, please, take up the sword.
The Ren Faire brings out so many created, talented people. What's the coolest costume you've ever seen?