Ancient Greece Clothes Costumes

Ancient Greece Clothes were elegant and very voluminous. They were most often made of fine woolens. The primary garment of Ancient Greek clothing was the Chiton, an all-over body garment made from a large rectangle of cloth wrapped once around the body from right side to right side. The Chiton was a comfortable garment made from wool. The robe had two versions, one up to the thigh and another till the ankle.

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The sleeves of the robe were designed in such a way, that they allowed the arms to flow freely. This robe was worn by both sexes. Two different styles of chiton were developed: the Ionic chiton and the Doric chiton, with variations, usually of length, to distinguish styles for men and women. The fabric of chitons was crinkled, or pleated, to enhance the fullness of the drape of the garment. Older men also often are depicted wearing long draped mantles either alone or over a chiton.

Women’s Chitons were draped in a variety of ways and were also worn with mantles. Greek fabric included complex border designs both woven in and embroidered.The tunic, also wore generally were two rectangular pieces of cloth interwoven together. Some costumes worn by the ancient Greeks also had buttons made from bone.


Ancient Greece Clothes involved a lot of drapery and required great precision and detail. The Himation was another long piece of cloth that the Greeks draped themselves from shoulder to ankle. They loved to wear cloaks which were also called Chalmys.

Cloaks were wrapped in different styles around the body. The colors most commonly used by the ancient Greeks were grey and violet. White was a color that was used in some traditions. Pins and brooches were used to hold the clothing together. Petasos, a kind of headgear similar to a hat, was preferred by the men in ancient Greece.


Wedding dresses were also a significant part of ancient Greek culture. The elegant gowns that were used in weddings were known for their simplicity. Even today, gowns worn at weddings are influenced by ancient Greek designs.

The wealthiest Greeks could afford fine wool and finely woven linen, which at its most expensive was an almost transparent, soft cloth. Others used cloth woven from the flax plant soaked in olive oil, and peasants used textiles made of coarse wool.

Ancient Greek Clothing

Ancient Greek Costumes

Ancient Greece Clothes and costumes were very colorful and many dyed their clothes. Wealthy aristocrats wore purple clothes dyed from a species of shellfish or pure white linen robes. Yellow clothes were worn mostly by women.

Black clothes were worn by those mourning the death of a loved one. Peasants dyed their clothing a variety of greens, browns, and greys. Soldiers wore dark red garments to minimize the appearance of blood on the battlefield.

In addition to dying, decorative designs were also painted, embroidered, or woven onto garments in many colors. Garments were also adorned with patterns of geometric shapes or trimmed with colorful border designs.In different phases of Greek history, the simplicity and attire of Greek costumes have remained the same.