Since the ancient times, Greece is famous all over the world for its constant growth and development in the field of Ancient Greek Fashion. Ancient Greek people wore clothes that were was loose and flowing and hardly were the garments ever sewn together.

Ancient Greece female costumes

The fabrics used were mainly linen or wool. Instead of going to the market for their clothes, most of the families made their own clothes. The linen and wool apparel included basic tunics, as well as warm cloaks. They would then dye their clothing, often a bright color or if it was desired, bleached some of their clothes white.

It is believed that ancient Greeks did not wear colorful clothes, which is a misconception. Wealthy aristocrats wore purple clothes dyed from a species of shellfish or pure white linen robes. Yellow clothes were worn mostly by women.

Black clothes were worn by those mourning the death of a loved one. Peasants dyed their clothing a variety of greens, browns, and greys. Soldiers wore dark red garments to minimize the appearance of blood on the battlefield.


There were certain typical garments that belonged to the ancient Greek fashion. Women also wore a veil with their clothing whenever they stepped out of the house. The Ancient Greek Fashion was quite modern in its outlook as far as men were concerned to the extent that male nudity was really not a big deal in ancient Greece.

To spice up their attire, jewelry was quite popular. Although this was a luxury that most of the rich were accustomed to, others might have the means to buy a piece of jewelry from a wandering individual. Some of the common pieces of jewelry during ancient Greece included hairpins, earrings, as well as rings.


Makeup was used in ancient Greece. Rich women stayed indoors most of the day. Pale skin was fashionable and a sign of prestige. Women applied white lead (which was toxic) to their faces to lighten their complexion.

Chalk was also used to lighten their complexion, but it wore off quickly. Connected eyebrows were also fashionable, so women decorated their eyes with dark powder. Red powder was also applied to their cheeks.


Ancient Greek Fashions were very fond of smelling good. They boiled flowers and herbs to create various scenes. Also, the first hat in history is attributed to the ancient Greeks.

It was a broad-brimmed specimen, which was called a petasos. This was the sort of accessory that was worn only when traveling. It came with a chinstrap and was also used to shield one from the effects of the weather.