Did you know that Romans owned the clothing? It has distinct forms that are owned from the ancient Greece. Roman clothes were produced using various materials, such as wool, linen, silk, cotton, and other materials. They were brought to Rome from other empires and washing clothes were difficult because there was no soap powder instead they used either urine or sulfur.
The school history visit would help to understand that the first and the foremost clothes needed were simple and stitching and sewing were kept the minimum. This ruled out button holes and meant that clothing was held together either with clasps or broaches.
This is the most common and basic garment that was present in the roman clothing. It was a standard dress of Rome and most of the slaves would be entirely dressed up in tunics before going out. The male tunic would reach till the knees and female tunics would be longer reaching the ground. Female tunics had long sleeves and it took until the 2nd or 3rd century AD and became acceptable for men. During winter Romans wore two or three tunics to keep themselves warm.
Only free roman citizens were allowed to worn the toga and foreigners and exiled citizens weren’t allowed to wear the toga in public. The earlier toga was directly worn on the naked body; later the simple tunic was added and tied around the waist using a belt. Some ancient Romans insisted on continuing the dressing tradition without a tunic and their fellow Romans understood that it’s eccentric.
The toga was spanned between 3 and 3 ½ meters long and the widest point would be around 2 meters wide. The cumbersome clothing would look elegant because it was draped gracefully.
Romans would wear simple loin cloth knotted on each other side and the garment appeared to have several names due to the variation is shapes. It was called subligaculum, subligar, cinctus, licium, and campestre. Women were allowed to wear a simple brassiere that’s available in the form of a band, tightly tied around the body. The underwear was made up of linen and considered as the finest quality.
Cloaks were used to protect the Romans from the bad weather and at times it was worn over the toga, but it was often replaced.
Roman footwear has little distinction between the female and male and sandals were tied around the ankle using thin leather strips. Sandals were used indoors and believed it was improper to wear them in public.
Hairstyles and beards
Beards were common among the Etruscans and Greeks and until 300 BC roman remained ungroomed. The introduction of shaving came during the alexander age and then the Greeks started to shave.
Roman women wore the most elaborate hairstyles than the men; young women gathered their hair and tied like a simple bun at the back of their neck or sometimes coiled it into a knot at placed at the top of their head. Married women hairstyle were much complicated, they followed Etruscan fashion and tied using the ribbons.
At medieval days the Flavian emperor’s age stories are packed with flamboyant fashion and other things, pay a school history visit to learn more about the Romans and their culture.