In the Middle Ages, most people wore wool clothing. The undergarments were made frm linen. Bright clothes, better materials, and longer jackets were often worn by the wealthier people. The aristocracy and wealthy merchants clothes changed according to the fashion trends. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, wealthy men sported hose and a jacket, often with pleating or skirting, or a tunic with surcoat. Women clothing consisted of flowing gowns and headwear. Their headdresses had decorative hearts or butterflies draping below. Most of the holy orders wore long woolen habits in emulation of Roman clothing. The Benedictines wore black, the Cistercians wore wool or white. Monk's clothes should be plain but comfortable. The Poor Clare Sisters had to petition in order to wear woolen socks.