In ancient Greece, men, women and babies did not dress alike. The fabrics are mostly light, because the temperature in most of the year is hot.
In ancient Greece, babies often wore nothing at all. Although, sometimes they wore some kind of cloth to cover them up. If it was cold, they would be more wrapped up, for example, the cloth would be bigger and thicker to cover up the babies’ whole body.
Ancient men wore a tunic, known as chiton, which is a knee-length t-shirt made of wool (in the winter) or linen (in the summer). They mostly wore it over only one shoulder. When it was cold, they wore a cloak made from wool, which they could wear as a blanket when they were fighting a war. Their legs were bare.
Linen picture Wool picture
Women wore one big piece of wool or linen wrapped around themselves, with safety pins in various ways to make it stay. When the way of pinning changed, the way it looked changed as well. Their dresses went to their ankles. Most of the clothes for men, women, and babies were made by the women, because the clothing was really expensive at the markets. Their hair was curled, arranged in interesting and carefully designed styles. Most women kept their hair long and in braids, which were arranged on top of their heads. They could do their hair as a pony tail, as well. Headbands were made of ribbon or metal.
Most Greeks wore barefoot most of their life. If they needed to wear shoes, they put on leather sandals or boots.
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