Medieval Europe, Wimples and Toques 

“But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3

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As Christianity became the main religion of Europe, European women began covering their head and hair in what is called a wimple. A wimple was a veil that tied under the chin and sometimes also covered the neck. 

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Men in the medieval period would sometimes wear a toque. A toque is a brimless hat, often with folds and a puff quality. The folds would often denote rank in various sorts of leadership. The different rank of chefs in a kitchen turned the toque into what we know today as a chef’s hat. 

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Women’s coverings denoted sacredness, especially regarding their crown and their hair. It pointed to her vulnerability and her need for protection, as well as her modesty and virtue.

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Men’s head coverings showed rank and leadership. It highlighted what he had accomplished in life and/or what his ancestors had accomplished in passing him their title. 

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When we dresss, when we put time and thought into our grooming and clothing we separate ourselves out from the chaos and can chose to highlight what is good and right with the world.