Greek Fashion

Much of today’s fashionable clothing was once simple clothing worn by ancient Greeks. In Ancient Greece people wore outfits made from one piece of fabric with holes cut out for the head called the peplos and chiton. The peplos was sleeveless and the chiton covered part of the arms. In colder weather, people could wear a cloak called a himation on top.

Drapes were worn by both men and women in ancient Greece. Fastened with pins and brooches, the drapes looked elegant. However, in Greece today, drapes are designed only for women. One shoulder drapes are very popular, too.

Gladiator sandals were the official footwear of the gladiators who fought in the coliseum. Today, these sandals are available in a variety of colors, sizes and styles for both men and women. Jewelry is designed with motifs of the Greek Mythology such as gods and goddesses just like long ago. Both semi-precious and precious stones are used. Flowered and jeweled headbands are also worn.

So it is little wonder that the ancient clothing of drapes, tunics, cloaks, jewelry and sandals are still a part of the clothing fashion in Greece today.

Today, the traditional Greek folk costumes vary in the different regions throughout the mainland of Greece and the surrounding islands. Many traditional outfits for men on mainland Greece feature a kind of skirt called a foustanella. On the Greek islands, a traditional men’s outfit is baggy pants called vraka worn with a white shirt, a sleeveless coat, a sash, a jacket and a tasseled hat. Most traditional women’s outfits in Greece are made up of simple cotton dress with a sleeveless wool vest over it. Women added colorful aprons, sashes and head scarves to their outfits.

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