To a certain extent, it is hard to know precisely what Viking women wore and how they wore their hair. The are no portraits of Viking women and very few representations of them in statues or on coins (the usual sources for such things).
We know that women wore two broaches which fastened their apron dress to a long under-gown. The apron dress might or might not be pleated. Sometimes the long under gown had a train. The under gowns always seem to have gone to the floor. Given the types of cloth found, plus the fragments of looms, we know the gowns were often trimmed with embroidery or gold or silver shot ribbon.
|Reproduction of a Viking woolen apron dress|
We know from an Arab account about a visit to Hedeby, Viking woman wore eye make up to increase their beauty. There is some evidence that men wore eye makeup as well!
As necklaces of beads are often found in graves, we can assume that women wore beads. The beads are often imported, showing that they did help give the woman status.
On her head, she most likely wore a line head dress which tied under the chin.
In cold weather, she might a cloak with fasten on one shoulder. Depending on her status, it might be made of fur.
Various items would hang from the belt as they did not have pockets.
For men, everyday clothing consisted of a long tunic, belted over trousers. They wore leather shoes laced up around the ankle. Any cloak would be fastened with a single broach.