> ...However, with very, very few exceptions, my minimal garb was
> more 'period' than most of what I saw. And I'm talking senior
> folks, barons, knights etc.
> ... Is basic slavic peasant attire kind of the norm?...As a
> result of my visit to court, I feel perfectly free to go for
> something sort of a cross between Heavy Metal fantasy medieval and
> BDSM leathers.
> ...But, I'm curious. Do other regions dress 'in-period'?
The thing you have to remember (OK, the thing *I* have to remember)
is that the SCA isn't really about the Middle Ages, alas. It
started as a party; the current regs only require an 'attempt' at
medieval dress. As you've seen, those attempts can be extremely
sketchy, even when the people involved are important. There's also
the problem of the "SCA style", which developed out of what was
fast, cheap, and easy rather than what was period.
Personally I don't see this as a reason to stop trying to be period
myself. I just have to close my eyes and shudder privately from
time to time. :) Your group's mileage may vary, depending on its
location (I hear Lochac is *far* more authentic than most of the
rest of the Knowne Worlde), the occasion (a crowning or investiture
is going to bring out a lot more period stuff than a local just-for-
fun tourney), and preferences of the people who live there (a group
made up of the denizens of this list would probably be more
authentic than average). Just don't let it get you down!