Roman Civilization ~ 900 BC-400 AD

How Fashion Defined Men and Women Through the Ages

Roman men and women, like other Indo-Europeans, originally seem to have worn a large piece of wool, wrapped around themselves. After they met people from Greece and Egypt, around 200 BC, they began to wear linen tunics under their wool robes, which was more comfortable. Clothing For fancy occasions Roman men wore their wool robes, called togas, over their tunics. There were a lot of rules about how exactly a man should wear his toga. The toga was allowed to be worn only by free Roman citizens. Foreigners, or even exiled citizens, could not appear in public wearing a toga, and only the wealthy could wear a stripe on their togas.
The ancient Roman woman wore varieties of accessories such as:
ornate necklaces
armlets
anklets
breast chains brooches
and jeweled buttons
The list also includes ornamental hairpins, earrings, friendship rings, and even hairnets of solid gold! Jewelry, especially bronze and gold, was popular among upper-class Roman women. Accessories were highly decorated and expensive.
My studies of Roman fashion looked identical to Greek dress in it’s draperies and design. But, you realize there are many important, yet subtle, differences. Basic garments are sewn, not pinned; elaborate fabric decorations nearly disappear; and bold patterns on garments are nonexistent. Sandals, boots and shoes are common on virtually all men and many women.
By | 2009-03-02T17:01:00+00:00 March 2nd, 2009|Fashion History|0 Comments