Greek Clothing and Accessories:
The ancient Greeks lived by simple clothing styles. The clothing was nothing detailed or ellaborate and it served solely for the function of covering their bodies. For both men and women, a single peice of woolen cloth could be used to style and fit a particular occasion or fashion. This one peice of cloth was also commonly used because of it's light weight material and little fabric, which worked well in such a hot climate. This rectangular peice of fabric was known as a tunic. The tunic's were worn in various ways and foldings to cover the body. It would be folded over the upper edge and wrapped to cover the waist. Depending on the occasion or gender the tunic can be fastened at the shoulders with a pin or brooch in different places. There were armholes were on each side, and the open side of the garment was either left that way, or pinned or sewn to form a seam. The responsibility of making the clothing was left up to the woman of a household, or with the help of their daughters. Both men and women wore sandals almost always made of leather, which was made from the hide of an animal and soaked in water an urine to create the waterproof leather that was used.
Woolen cloth used as clothing

Greek Child
Greek Child

Children's Attire
: In ancient Greece babies generally went without any clothing at all,unless is was in the winter then they would obviously be covered in some kind
of cloth. Children wore cloth that was worn around their waste like shorts. For footwear, children wore leather sandals and infants again generally wore nothing.

Woman's Attire: A peplos was a type of tunic worn by women.
A peplos was worn as a full legnth garmet because it was seen as improper to reveal any skin of the body besides the face or arms. The ways of pinning it changed over time. The most common way to wear it could be done by the following process:

  • First fold the cloth in half, and put it so that the fold in the cloth came under your right armpit and down your right side.
  • Then pull up on the front and back of the cloth so they overlap over your right shoulder and use pins to secure the front and the back
  • Next pull the front over your left shoulder, and pin it to the back of the cloth behind your back
  • Finally, given that your left side is all remained open, many woman used belts to keep the dressed closed and to provide support
to keep it held up.

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During the winter, when temperatures tended to be cooler, woman wore cloaks known as Epiblema to keep them warm. As far as accessories, jewelry was very important to Greek woman. Most of the jewelry was made of precious stones set in silver or gold. Some of the most popular items of jewelry were; rings, earrings, clasps, necklaces, crowns, combs, and pins. Jewelry was not only used as a decorative accessory, but also as an indicator of a woman's wealth or status. Sometimes jewelry was even used to represent religious beliefs by using symbols or graphics.external image 8242-004-8D374461.jpg external image hi18s.jpg

Men's Attire: Men in ancient Greece wore a similar outfit to the woman. It was the same concept as the woman's dress, but it was generally made of a lighter material of linen because men were known to be outside and more active than woman so they needed lighter material to keep them cool. The type of tunic dress worn by men is was known as a chiton. The chiton was also worn in various ways, usually either by drapping over both shoulders or sometimes just one. The men's dress differed from a woman's in legnth. A man's chiton was cut higher, revealing the bottom half of their legs from the knees down. In the winter men wore a himation, or cloak, over their chiton to provide extra warmth. As far as accessories, men sometimes wore petasos, which were broad-brimmed hats, but this was only on special rare occasions.

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Impact Today

Today we use Greek Clothing styles as referals to dresses or evening gowns worn by woman. It also gave a better understanding of Greek culture and fashion. The jewelry and other accessories such as footwear also set a popular example for fashion today. Many modern shoe styles involve leather shoes with straps which wrap around the ankles, this comes from the Greek culture.