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
Thanks to the statues left by the Roman sculptors, we can reconstruct the style of dress of the time. Women also wore the tunic and over it they used the "stola" (a long dress with a belt around the waist) to go out they put on a coat called "pallium", with its edge they used to cover their head.
Still, for fancy occasions Roman men always continued to wear their wool robes over their tunics. They called these wool robes togas, and there were a lot of rules about how exactly a man should wear his toga, and who could have a stripe on his toga, and so forth, which helped to show who was rich and powerful and who was poor.