Inspired by ancient Greek dress

peach skirt 1

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.

white top peach skirt

Men’s robes generally ended at  the knees, whereas women’s robes  were full length, down to the ankles.

peach skirtThe 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.

african beads neckless

Linen and wool were the main materials used in ancient time.

canvas beach bag

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


peach dress by the water

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.

sun set by the beach

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.

white flat sandals

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


16 responses to “Inspired by ancient Greek dress

  1. well chosen skirt!!! Some really lovely photographs, liked best you sitting on the rock. Toenail colour perfect. But, maybe, next time no plastic cup and not that bag – you do not need this – beautiful lady. Carina 🙂

    • Hahaha, I like your comment..The plastic additions intended to edd “some” fun to an other wise serious post and to remined us the 21 century’s addition to a classic greek style.

  2. They’re pretty with this look! I love this skirt, so soft, the fabric and color. The skirt looks great on you, and the combination with the white shirt is beautiful. The classical Greek women, were very elegant, you look like them. I really like your sandals and your necklace are two cuties. I love your hairstyle, with this pretty bow. A wonderful post, you look beautiful.

    • Thank you Josep.. you are always very encouraging..I also thought that a white simple shirt will look interesting with a more elegant slightly shiny dress. It gives it a younger and more casual look. Sara

  3. Beautiful skirt! I love the soft colors of the outfit! The photographs are brilliant too 🙂

  4. Great post, Sara! I love your look, the scenery and your historical information.
    Your skirt is gorgeous, the colour is beautiful and I can feel its silky fabric. Lovely necklace and sandals and all so appropriate for your vacation in Greece.

    Annette | Lady of Style

  5. Fashionista In Suburbia

    What a beautiful post! So much research went into this. I can see the inspiration of your outfit, the draping, the sandals, lovely!

  6. You look gorgeous. I love how you’ve put that outfit together; the backdrop is stunning x

  7. You definitely look like a Greek Goddess!

  8. I love how you related your outfit to the ancient greeks. Loved the little snippets of information. I love history and Greek is one of my favs! You look fabulous and 40? No way! Found your blog along the way, and ❤ it.

  9. love your Grecian style!!! xxx

  10. Adore this outfit…very lovely!

  11. I’m so happy I’ve discovered your blog. I did a whole segment on Greece last July and my fashion is also inspired by travel and art. Will be following you on a regular basis.

    • Thank you so much for commenting and following. I tried to find your blog but could not do so under the name Marea Dotz which is written above your comment nor could I find it through Gravatar.

  12. jangrahammcmillen

    Sara, our own lovely, real live caryatid … any entablature would be privileged by your support. Better to be strolling the shoreline than holding up a temple! (Pretty interpretation … reason enough to go to Greece for inspiration, this look!)

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