Aside from being able to turn rats into roses and to, you know, control the lives of mere mortals, a perk of being a Grecian goddess would be the limitless wardrobe options! Even though no actual articles of greek clothing have survived from the days of ancient Greece, plenty of writings and works of art are available to describe and depict Grecian style. Greek fashion sought to be functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. The loose-fitting clothes allowed for ample mobility, very conducive to activities such as gesticulating forcefully at the democratic assembly or running from a 7-headed hydra.
Here’s the low-down on the clothing favored by the women of ancient Greece:
A Grecian woman’s main garment was the chiton or the peplos. The chiton was the first to come into style, appearing after the Persian invasion in the early 5th century. Both garments were typically made of one large rectangular piece of wool or linen. This sheet was wrapped around the body and pinned, often at the shoulder, to make it stay in place. Garments were sometimes sewn or buttoned up the side, but oftentimes, the piece would be left open on one side, threatening to earn an Athenian family’s home video of a day at the metropolis an “R” rating. The chiton and the peplos were usually about floor-length, and sometimes the fabric was ample enough to form sleeves to warm the goose-pimpled wearer!
A common style was to girdle these garments around the waist and let the top half of the fabric hang loose, forming an overfold called an “apotyga.” The main difference between the chiton and the peplos is the length of the apotyga. On the peplos, the fold ended well above the waist. On the chiton, however, the apotyga was worn longer, sometimes reaching to the hipbones.
Clothes were usually homemade and often served double-function as bedding or other uses. Grecians were able to undress at the end of the day and make up their bed in one fell swoop! Wool was the most common fabric, though imported linen was also used by some. Though most modern media displays Grecian dress as all-white all-the-time, the Greeks were big fans of bright color and elaborate prints. Garments were dyed with indigo, madder, or saffron and designed with geometric patterns and nature motifs. Color was symbolic for the Greeks, so whether you’re white with purity or red with passion, use your Grecian style to let your personality show!
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