The Remnant Dynasty features a few traits that produce the most unique clothing of any in the Federated Nations. First, the population is composed of three very differently-shaped races: the large, bulky, but normally-shaped orcs, the reptilian-hybrid dragonborn, and the small, oddly-proportioned goblins. Second, the persistent war with the Devouring Frost has forced the society to be militaristic in a way that the rest are not. Third, the climate is much harsher than in any other region. All of these combine to create unusual clothing designs.
General Trends: It is currently in fashion to appear like you’re part of the military (or otherwise combat-capable), even if you’re not. This manifests itself mainly in the rich--the wealthier the person, the more the styles look like armor or military uniforms.
Another, related trend is that everyone is armed at all times. The rural folks working in the fields will have a cart with spears, clubs, or missile weapons. Children carry daggers from the first time they can. Walking around without a visible weapon draws strange looks. This means that sheaths and loops for weapons are incorporated into most garments, as are bandoliers and heavy belts.
A third trend is that the country has very low modesty taboos. In particular, bath-houses and saunas are communal and mixed-gender. Of course, too open ogling may get you a challenge, either from their protector or from the person in question themselves, for both men and women fight.
The four orcish tribes that have joined the Dynasty each have individual fashion trends but a few things are common.
Orcs put high value in their tribal and individual tattoos. These start on the back of one hand (left for males and right for females) with the tribe’s mark and continue up and around that arm, telling the story of that individual. Concealing those tattoos, unless for safety purposes, is strongly taboo. As such, orcish garments bare the appropriate arm to the shoulder. Those that need arm protection wear a long leather glove with the tribe’s mark stitched into the appropriate place on the hand.
Materials: Orcish garments, like most of the Dynasty, are mostly wool, linen, leather, and fur. The farmers wear more wool and linen, the more fringe tribes wear more leather and fur. Metal decorations are common, as are bone and carved wood.
Colors: Orcs wear muted colors, mostly earth tones of brown, grey, green, and black. Brighter colors are reserved for banners, jewelry, and tapestries.
Underclothes: Most orcs wear loin wraps. Women might bind their breasts, but not usually.
The most militaristic tribe, Tabor is heavily involved in the war against the Frost. They consider themselves the premier tribe and dress to match.
Clothing of the working class: Those of Tabor that work at manual civilian labor wear boxy tunics with a symbol worked into the breast on the opposite side from the tattoos. This symbol denotes their occupation. They also wear trousers and sandals or boots. Protective gear (aprons, etc) are worn as needed.
Wealthy male fashion: Even those who are not military officers often wear armor. This is most commonly a decorative breastplate of cheap metal with one fine-woven chain half-sleeve, worn over fitted trousers with reinforced knees and lower legs (designed to look like greaves. Those that are not trained in armor wear vests cut and sewn to look like armor. Tabards are common, with symbols denoting their rank and profession sewn in like heraldric symbols. Leather boots are worn on the feet, although those are traded for cloth slippers for indoor formal occasions, so as not to mark up the floors.
Their hair is worn pulled into a top-knot at the crown of the skull, with the front shaved (and sometimes tattooed, but always polished until it shines).
For formal occasions, wealthy men wear two-handed weapons (often a highly-decorated but still functional greataxe strapped across the back). Going without a weapon is shameful.
Wealthy female fashion: Women, like men, wear armor-like clothing. Those trained in armor will wear armor. A quirk of vanity (and the recent peaceful times) has resulted in a species of female armor designed to accentuate the feminine figure, often revealing the midriff or highly exaggerating the shape of the breasts (and of course leaving the left arm completely bare). This is, of course, completely non-functional and any who might be called to fight have a separate suit of more appropriate functional armor. The lower body, like that of men, is covered by trousers designed to look like the greaves of plate.
Those that are not trained to wear armor wear either very fine chain shirts or decorative scaled tops over divided skirts. These are relatively close-fit (both bodice and skirts). These often leave both shoulders and the back bare, although they might wear a one-armed jacket or a scarf over their top.
Like the men, the women of Tabor go armed everywhere. For formal occasions they tend to wear decorative shields and carry axes or longswords strapped to their waists.
They wear their hair braided in a bun around the back of their heads most of the time, although some wear their braids down along the back. Their shoes are usually lighter versions of the male boots and slippers.
Decorations: The wealthy of Tabor tend to go for decorated items rather than separate accessories. Their armor and clothing, as well as weapons, are covered in scrollwork, engravings, and inset gems and precious metals.
Clan Kard is the most rural, agricultural of the clans. As such, their fashion is much more practical and limited.
Clothing of the working class: The poor and working class of clan Kard wear minimal clothing. A wide-brimmed straw hat to keep the sun off, a breech-clout, maybe a loose tunic of coarsely-woven wool. Women might bind their breasts to keep them out of the way, but that’s it. Sandals or corse shoes complete the look (along with the ubiquitous clubs and spears, of course). Children too young to work run around naked or with a breech-clout or long tunic at most.
During the winter, they wear layers of tunics and loose trousers, plus sheep’s-wool coats if they can afford them.
Clothing of the Wealthy: Unlike Clan Tabor, Kard does not separate fashion for men and women. Both wear very similar garments, although the decoration is individualized. On the upper body they wear short, close-fitted tunics or shirts, tied at the neck. Over that they wear coats of heavy, embroidered wool or leather, usually open at the front. Both of these, of course, leave the appropriate arm bare to the top of the shoulder.
On the legs they wear fitted trousers, often of light leather (mostly from cows). The more rural ones use cords to bind the trousers, while the city dwellers rely on buttons. Boots are the common footwear, ranging from heavy hobnailed leather boots for work to light, embroidered, velvet ones for fine occasions.
Both men and women wield short spears with long leaf blades inlaid with precious metals and blackened, while bows rest in racks at the edges of every wealthy house.
Hair is worn down, usually cut straight off at the bottom of the jaw and tucked behind the ears. A woven leather cord with a precious stone, worn around the forehead is a common ornament, as are earrings. Decorated leather gloves might be worn on the off-hand, often embroidered with designs. Embroidery is common across all the clothing, usually in geometric designs.
Most notable for their shamanistic traditions and for being peculiar, clan Skem is an outlier in dress as well. The majority of the tribe wears very similar clothing to clan Ko (see below), but the shamans are different. Skem trains all the shamans of the four clans, and all wear the same style of clothing as a mark of their rank.
Shamans (almost exclusively female) wear a long gown, split up one side to allow easy movement. The color of the gown varies between tribes--Ko is green (to symbolize the trees), Kord is brown (like the turned earth), and Tabor is grey-blue (like the steel their armor is made from). This gown is sleeveless and backless, baring both arms and the entire back down to the waist.
Like all Dynastic orc females, the left arm is left bare to show off their clan tattoos (which for shamans, especially Skem shamans, is elaborate and takes the form of written words in an ancient script). The right arm is completely covered by a full-length soft leather glove, dyed in a specific color. The material and the color denote the rank: brown calfskin denotes an apprentice. Black-dyed doeskin is the material worn by journeymen (the most prevalent shamans). The masters wear either white leather (of any type) or a glove made of exotic, often predatory leather. The more exotic, the higher the rank. It is rumored that the head of clan Skem (who does not appear in public and is only seen by the clan council) wears a glove dyed in red and covered with tiny scales. Some believe that this glove is actually dragon-hide.
Over this gown shamans wear a hooded, fringed, sleeveless leather vest, open in the front. The fringe, trim, and hood material and color match those of the glove. While acting in their shamanistic role, they pull their hoods up and wear fantastic masks depicting demons, spirits, or fierce beasts.
While shamans of other tribes wear their hair as normal for a member of their tribe, Skem shamans shave their heads and their tattoos continue up the neck and cover the scalp in intricate designs. Skem shamans often have multiple piercings, some of them large or otherwise painful.
The least civilized of the four tribes, Ko rarely visits the cities and villages except to trade. As such, their fashion is very simple and almost entirely functional. While in the boreal forests that cover the northern area where they live, they wear leather trousers and leather-reinforced wool tunics, as well as leather boots or moccasins. In camp or in the few villages they maintain, they normally wear very little, often just a breech-clout and moccasins. They have the lowest nudity taboo of anyone, lower even than the dragonborn. Modesty is not a concern, nor is style.
The signature of clan Ko, however, is their hair. It’s always long and is rarely if ever cut once a child becomes an adult. Men wear it braided in a single tight queue; women wear it braided in a bun with a braid falling from that or pulled back and loose (for younger, unmarried women).
Decorations are few, except their tattoos which are the most elaborate. They often cover one whole side of the torso for adults, with some covering the entire upper body (except the non-clan arm).
Goblinoid fashion in the Dynasty is highly mutable. They learned about fashion from the other races when they joined about 60 years ago, and have been experimenting ever since in their peculiar fashion. Goblin tailors are some of the best in the Federated Nations, although leaving anything up to their judgement produces strange results (very finely tailored, but...strange).
At any time there are three or four fashions in the vogue among the goblin tribes. These change with lightning speed and for incomprehensible (to outsiders) reasons. Oddly enough, the hobgoblins don’t follow these fashions at all--they wear clothes much more similar to whichever orc tribe is nearby. Weapons are almost exclusively daggers or short swords, rarely anything else.
As of 210 AC, the current top fashion trend is as follows, worn in times of leisure.
Male goblins: Male goblins wear pressed, three-piece suits of wool or linen, usually in dark colors. The shirt is always bleached white and starched stiff with a high collar. A cravat is tied across the neck. A brimmed bowler hat is worn on the head, along with cosmetic eyeglass frames. Stiff leather-soled shoes, shined black, are worn over stockings. Their hair is kept short and oiled flat against the head.
Female goblins: Female goblins wear sheath dresses, buttoned up from one side (like the chinese quipao) and slit up to the waist on one side. They wear thick platform shoes (often several inches high and difficult to walk in) on their feet. Hair is left long and loose down the back, only tied up when it reaches the floor.
Work clothes: While working at whatever occupation their tribe follows (each tribe specializes tremendously), goblins wear simple, functional clothing. The fancy clothing is worn when not working.
Decoration: Goblins are fascinated by things that change or move. Clockwork is a particular fascination for them; many men carry decorative sword-canes tipped with glass-enclosed gears that spin freely as they move. For a while, carrying a globe with live fish was in fashion. Fortunately, that trend did not live long (neither did the fish). Wearing live plants was a trend as well. Other than this, goblins tend toward solid, bright colors. Very bright colors.
Dragonborn are covered with scale-like growths in their skin and have draconic frills from their heads (often with minimal hair). While still mammals (and thus still nursing their babies), their skin is comparatively insensitive and their secondary sexual characteristics are minimal, with sex generally showing most in the frill. As such, their fashion is minimal.
Informal clothing: Dragonborn wear as little as possible for informal situations. A loin covering and a harness to hang weapons and pouches from is as much as they’ll wear during the summer; a fur coat (which they find amusing, a dragon wearing the fur of an animal) during the winter.
Formal clothing: Many dragonborn have some armor training and wear armor (usually functional versions), while the rest wear clothing similar to clan Tabor. A common trend among the wealthy is to wear very fine chain armor directly over the skin or over very thin cloth, along with a tabard.
Decorations: In the past, most decorations took the form of tattoos on the scales or pendants hanging from the frill. Hair is kept short so the specialized helmets can be worn easily. Now, along with the former decorations, more dragonborn are getting piercings (often extensive ones) as well as embedding gemstones directly in their scales and metallic tattoos around those gems.
Their clawed feet don’t permit normal shoes, so they wear specialized sandals that cover the top of the foot and over the sole of the foot while leaving the toes and the heel-spur free. Similar gloves and gauntlets are worn to allow their short, stubby claws free employment.