In Ancient Greece, clothing was not about fashion but practicality. Overall there were about four types of clothes among both men and women and were all in the shape of squares when they were not worn. These four types of clothes were; the Chiton, Peplos, Himation, and Chlamys. The Chiton was a type of tunic worn by men that was folded over one shoulder or both. If the Chiton was folded over one shoulder it was known as an Exomie. The Chiton was usually made out of imported linen or a light wool-like material because men were usually outdoors, typically working or exercising.
The Peplos was a full body dress/tunic worn by women that was usually made from a heavy wool-like material. It was designed to cover most of a women’s body because it was considered proper for a Greek women to reveal nothing. The Peplos was typically fastened with brooches, buttons, or pins. This style is actually fairly popular in modern times among dressmakers.
The Himation was typically worn in the winter and was a heavy wool fabric worn like a Roman toga and was meant to keep the wearer warm. It was also popular among soldiers whom were away from home because it could be used as a blanket during the night.
The Chlamys was worn by young active men and was a thin piece of cloth/wool that was pinned around one shoulder.
The Greeks often colored/dyed their clothes or embroidered patterns in them to make them more appealing to the eyes. Contrary to popular belief, the Greeks enjoyed bright colors and did not leave everything white.
These four types of clothes were usually the only items that were worn, the Greeks typically walked around barefoot, only wearing boots or sandals during formal events. Many Greeks went their entire lives without ever wearing and sandals or boots. Just like shoes, hats were an uncommon item, sometimes men wore a wide brimmed hat called Petasos which was designed to reduce heat from the sun when working outdoors. women were also known to occasionally wear a ha with crowns, but this was probably only worn for very formal occasions. Overall, the Greeks valued practicality over fashion.