"Garb" is right up there
with "troll," "eric," "farspeaker,"
"dragon" (and, yes, "bard") as a word appropriated by the
SCA with the goal of not sounding modern or worse, merely ordinary ("mundane"), even though
the SCA usage may have little or nothing to do with the actual meaning of said word. I swear, if somebody comes up with a fancified euphemism
for toilet paper, the SCA will adopt it, that backside wiping will be less ordinary, thus more in keeping with "The Dream."
"Costume" is what one wears for Halloween or a school play. Costumes are designed specifically to fall apart after five wearings or one washing, whichever comes first. If it won't keep you cool on a hot day, warm on a cold one, dry on a wet one, was constructed using a glue gun, it's probably "costume." (That goes for the polar fleece mantle too.)
"Fashion" is that unreal, unflattering $#@#$%* perpetrated by soi-disant designers to make people spend a great deal of money on bad looking, badly made schmatta in the hopes that they too will look like people like one of The Walking Coathanger People because we're all supposed to want to be tall and thin.
Clothing is what real people wear.
---Jehanne de Wodeford to Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, February 26, 2003.
Top left to right: Lisa and Richard in Regency; Jehanne and Gaius in heraldic surcotes; working class Italian.
Center left to right: the green linen tunic that got so many compliments when I first made it; a plausibly period Irish dress; the monkey kirtle, Lisa, Liz and Kass in 1630's English jackets and petticotes.
Bottom left to right: Saionji in stencilled kosode, in spring kosode, in informal winter court attire, in boy's clothes.
Photos courtesy of John Anderson (Regency), Robert Davis (1630's Gals), G. Richard Auklandus (Saionji).