As much as I love the Greek lifestyle, I also like to read about its culture and history. This post is inspired by Greek classical dressing.
Ancient Greek clothing consisted of lengths of linen or wool fabric, which generally was rectangular. Clothes were secured with ornamental clasps or pins, and a belt, sash, or girdle might secure the waist.
Men’s robes generally ended at the knees, whereas women’s robes were full length, down to the ankles.
The clothing of the women of Ancient Greece from the fifth century B.C.E. to the fourth century B.C.E., changed with the period. Changes in fashion are significant, because they reflect some of the changes in society.
Linen and wool were the main materials used in ancient time.
Colors also played a big role in ancient Greek women’s fashion. Different colors symbolized different meanings. For example, a dark veil was a sign of mourning. In the book The Iliad, Homer writes that Thetis wears an indigo veil because she is in mourning as she knows that Achilles, her son, is going to die. Homer writes, “The radiant queen of the sea-nymphs seized a veil, blue-black, no darker robe in all the ocean depths.”
Violet, green and gray were the most commonly used colors
Jewelry in Greece was hardly worn and was mostly used for public appearances or on special occasions. It was frequently given as a gift and was predominantly worn by women to show their wealth, social status, and beauty.Older pieces of jewelry that have been found were dedicated to the Gods.
Much of the jewelry in Greece was made of gold and silver with ivory and gemstone, bronze and clay copies also in evidence.
Ancient Greeks rarely wore closed shoes and women wore light sandals because they spent much of their time inside the house. Most common colour was black but there were also colorful shoes for both men and women. Cork and felt shoes were worn exclusively by the highly educated.
Although I doubt that the ancient Greeks wore Escada sunglasses or that they ever held a plastic cup of “Frappe”, I do feel that my long skirt and sandals identify with the Greek ancient dress.
Greece is inspiring in so many ways!
skirt – Pull and Bear ; vest – Gottex ; sandals – Gazith ; shades – Escada ; necklass – Ethiopian silver and beads- selfmade