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- n. a robe or long tunic that is worn belted or with a fitted bodice often having full long sleeves and lined with fur.
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If you look through Art History books, you will see shapes very similar to yours in the 15th Century; if you can find copies of the different Books of Hours, you will see ladies in a garment known as a "houppelande," a robe with long sweeping lines, often belted high under the bust, which was certainly designed to cover a wide tummy.
Alaire, on the other hand, apparently having to keep some royal face, wore a short, high-neck houppelande with baggy sleeves.
Alaire had picked out a short, high-neck houppelande with baggy sleeves for Reykir to wear.
"Send me a dress like that worn by your burgess's daughters, to wit, a long _houppelande_; and I will take it and even a woman's hood to go and hear mass.