If you get into the heads of the persone you are recreating then you
will be more inclind to choose 'bling' appropriate to them.
If you remain embeded in the 21st century you are more likely to
use 'bling' in a way that is described as 'TISCA' [typical SCA]
TISCA is not to be encouraged at a competition level.
TISCA, includes copious quantities of beads where they would not have
been used [I'm guilty of that one many years ago, and I have to
photos to prove it.] Huge amounts of shiny trims cause it looks so
perdy. Metalic lace that isn't even pattern appropriate to C16 being
used on a C4 Roman (yes I have seen it done) is one perdy shiny thing
that comes to mind. Needle work in a style or place that is contray
to it employment in the textile being worked, like English C16
monochrome embriodery on that little viking number that needs a bit
of a lift. A C19 french Bizzar print really doesn't make a good C15
kirtle, no matter how perdy it is.
Just because we can doesn't mean we should. If in doubt, don't.
[Pagar le Pompe]
Oonaghs Own - Venetian Patrician Womens Dress [from the skin out] and
Accessories of the mid to late sixteenth century