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How to Dress Like a Viking

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You might think that dressing like a Viking wouldn’t be so easy. You’re probably right. After all, Vikings lived hundreds of years ago. To say that our modern-day fashions have moved on from those of the Viking days would be frightfully accurate.

Nevertheless, you might feel tempted to dress like a Viking because they were so darn cool. Everyone knows that the Vikings were a tough group of dudes. They took their little boats all over Europe conquering villages left and right. The Vikings were so tough that they even named a National Football League team after them. No football team would ever use a wimp for its mascot.

In addition to athletic inspiration, the Viking has also become a symbol of ruthless tenacity and victory. During the Viking age, the Vikings claimed a significant amount of land as their own. The Scandinavian explorers expanded their empire from Iceland to Asia. There were determined to be the big men on campus and the achieved it, for a while anyway.

Nothing lasts forever and the Vikings eventually had to turn their conquests over to another empire. But the Vikings will never be forgotten as symbols of super-charged masculinity and barbaric toughness.

In fact, the Viking’s horned helmet is one of the most recognized pieces in ancient tribal costuming. From football games to Halloween, this ritual helmet has become the universal symbol for the Viking. The undeniably conspicuous look of the helmet is hard to miss, which is probably why it so popular among the original Vikings. They definitely had some foresight when they created that famous accessory.

Along with their horned helmets, the Vikings also wore furs to keep them warm in the cold Scandinavian winters as well as suits of armor to protect them during their conquests. You’ll probably have a hard time finding a comparable Viking outfit. Not to mention, unless you live in Scandinavia, you’ll probably break a sweat before you even get it on.

There are much easier ways to dress like a Viking that don’t involve wearing animal hides or chainmail. In fact, you can get an authentic looking Viking ensemble with the help of a custom t-shirt printing service. In the blink of an eye, you can have all the basics of the Viking dress code.
Since you might have some difficulty finding an original Viking suit of armor, you might have to create an alternative. Design your own version of a Viking outfit and have it custom printed onto a basic t-shirt. Not only will you be much cooler, but you won’t have to worry about falling over mid-stride from all of the weight. You’ll look and feel like a Viking without huffing and puffing.

Just add a plastic horned helmet from your local costume store—or from your uncle’s Minnesota home—and you’ll look like the genuine article. Sometimes dressing like your favorite historical character means thinking outside the box. Even the Vikings would appreciate your ingenuity and your dedication to reviving the basics of Viking style.

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5 Comments

  1. Gudrun · May 5, 2009

    Vikings did not have horns on their helmets, nor did they wear suits of armor (chainmail shirts, yes). Nor is there evidence for the wearing of furs – they wore woven wool tunics and cloaks. The photo accompanying this article is not a bad one, in terms of recreating Viking Age clothing, aside from the modern glove, of course.

  2. Carlos Karloff · May 6, 2009

    This is just silly. You might as well waste your time writing “How to dress like a mermaid”.

    The Minnesota Vikings were named as such because of the many people of Scandinavian origin there.

    I’m not sure why I continue reading these things…

  3. dean · February 24, 2010

    gudrun is correct. the viking “horned helm” is a common misconception. and viking armor never included “suits of armor” like an english knight. viking “armor” consisted of a maille (or “chainmail”), came in 2 styles; a waist-length shirt and a shirt that draped to mid-thigh or knees, both either long or half-sleeve. it is suspected that they also used maille coifs, or head-coverings. and maille was usually only worn by more prosperous/significant vikings as it was incredibly expensive and time-consuming to manufacture.
    I understand that this may be just a cute description as to how to dress up like a viking for halloween, but these are just some pointers = )

  4. Eric The Red · March 31, 2010

    True, vikings did not wear horned helmets, except the priests. But, I have one I wear with a costume to renaissance faires. Everyone seems to know what I am trying to be. I may be a bit inaccurate, but I do have a lot of fun. Everyone wants to take a picture with the “viking”.

  5. Mjolnir · July 20, 2010

    Vikings as well I wouldn’t quite state as a symbol of masculinity, even if the main stream perception view them as this. They actually admired women and gave them respect that would have been viewed apropriate if not more so than this day in age.

    Even stating barbaric is horribly incorrect. Catholicism is to thank for this perception. They were diplomatic and strategic. They didnt just go out to capture everybody, they explored. They met people and offered trade, however when civilizations were uncooperative, thats when they took what they wanted by force.

    I always hate reading articles pretending to be accurate yet all of the research has never been performed.

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