Lower class men normally wore simple tunics made of undyed wool with sleeves and a girdle. Their heads were covered by hoods, which were often pointed. Capes and gloves were worn in cold weather. Lower class women wore rough woollen skirts with a tunic and their heads were also covered. The women usually wove the wool and made the clothes themselves. Men and women also wore shoes made to order, but the poorest often went barefoot.
The higher classes wore clothing of much richer material, including silk and linen, often with quite elaborate designs. Laws prevented the lower and middle classes from wearing the rich clothes of the higher classes, even if they could afford them, in order to maintain class distinctions.
Look at the clothing styles pictured on the Tring Tiles.
Food and drink
The farm workers (peasants) made a dark bread from rye or barley grown themselves. They also ate a sort of stew called pottage made from vegetables, such as parsnips, turnips and leeks, grown themselves. Meat usually came from pigs or sheep kept by the peasants. Deer, boars, hares and rabbits were to be found in the surrounding woodlands, and there were fish in the local streams and fishponds, but these were all owned by the lord of the manor and peasants were not allowed to catch and eat them on pain of severe punishment. The peasants drank water and milk but the water was often contaminated and milk went off very quickly (no fridges in those days). It was safer to drink beer, which the peasants made from barley.
In contrast the lord of the manor and higher classes had a much better diet. They ate much fish, including trout and salmon, and a variety of meat from farmed and woodland animals, and birds, such as pigeons and woodcocks, but fewer vegetables. The food was highly spiced to make it more edible. They also ate a white bread made from wheat flour, which was not available to the peasants. On special occasions great feasts were held. Drinks included beer and much wine imported from France.