Ancient Greek Clothing

Ancient Greek clothing pioneered fashion and the latest collections were always looked forward with the expectation by men and women in old times.You can get an idea of their fashion sense from the Greek statues and carvings as well as from accounts by historians like Herodotus. Fashion records in Greece are available from 1200 BC depicting how tight bodices and bell skirts caught the fancy of a generation.

Ancient Greek Clothing

Ancient Greek Clothing

Compared to Egyptians, ancient Greek clothing was baggier and required lots of cloth material to get them done. Most clothing was unisexual and made from linen or wool even though silk and hemp were commonly available.

Fashion clothing was mostly rectangular in shape and hardly changed during the historical times when Greece was at the forefront of culture and art. Extremely conscious of body curves, clothing was designed to use them to the best advantage.

Ancient Greek Clothing

Ancient Greek Chiton, Doric, and Himation

Even though more flesh was bared in ancient Greek clothing, people did not mind as it was a popular fashion statement in those days. While the chiton was unisex clothing, himation, tunic and the Eskimos was primarily for men and the Ionic and Doric was reserved for women. Artistic looking straight sleeves were in, but barring the arms was preferred as popular clothing was draped around the human body.

The Doric was popular with women and was draped at the top and came down to the ankle. The rich wore clothing made from Chinese silk and Egyptian muslin while women flaunted precious stone jewelry with their clothing.

Ancient Greek Clothing

For commoners, white was the favorite clothing color as himations and red chitons were looked down upon at public places. According to Homer, threads of silver and gold were also embroidered on clothing.

Modern Greek Fashion

Motifs and borders were common in ancient Greece clothing and they ranged from fish to different kinds of animals and even depicted battle scenes. Multiple colors like indigo, violet, yellow, purple and red could be found on a single garment. Modern fashion could also be traced to Greece as ancient Greek clothing also consisted of thongs, leather, felt and straw hats.