Viking clothing bright and provocative says Swedish expert

Historical films and fiction have always depicted the Norse as dour fellows, dressed in earthtones and furs, but new evidence seems to show otherwise.

According to Swedish archeologist Annika Larsson, Vikings chose "vivid colors, flowing silk ribbons, and glittering bits of mirrors," with clothing "designed to be shown off indoors around the fire." In an article for Science Daily, Larrson describes a culture that combined native materials with imports from Western Europe and Christian Byzantium.

Larrson also contends that pre-Christian Viking women chose to dress provacatively, with "women's skirts consisting of a single piece of fabric and were open in front. The suspenders held up the train and functioned as a harness that was fastened to the breasts with the clasps."