Greek clothing has been known for years to be very fashionable and stylish. There are many varieties of Greek clothing. Like in most cultures around the world, Greek clothing varies according to the occasion and the purpose.
Greek clothing that is traditional is very bright and colorful. Traditional Greek clothing is also layered. On the other hand, Modern Greek clothing is at times conservative and light weight but at the same time, very stylish.
Throughout history, Greek people have been conscious about style. Some of the most admired and popular clothing in Europe has been evolved in Greek. While most Greeks wear the modern conservative clothing, at special occasions and traditional festivals, they wear clothing that is traditional.
Greek clothing has been generally very simple in design yet stylish. For instance, ancient Greek clothing consisted of draping a single piece over one’s body in different ways. The clothing that has been worn in Greece is made from a variety of different materials and fabrics and is available in a wide array of colors as well as patterns.
There are however, three main types of clothing that have been identified as Greek clothing. Most of the other kinds of clothing that are worn in Greece are derived from these three types. The following article will elaborate on the types of Greek clothing that are available.
Different Varieties of Greek Clothing
The following points will deal with some of the popular types of Greek clothing.
The Himation was a type of clothing that was worn in ancient Greece. The Himation is a simple garment that is worn mostly by men. This clothing is made from wool and is similar to the shawl.
The Himation is worn by draping one side of the garment over the shoulders and bring the other end down beneath the other shoulder. Worn in this manner, the garment leaves one arm absolutely free of clothing.
Besides men, the Himation is known to be worn by married women as well. However, women wear this garment in a different manner than men. The surplus folds of the garment are brought to cover the head as a hood by women when wearing the Himation.
The Himation comes in a variety of colors including natural wool colors as well as dyed colors in shades of purple and red. At times, the Himation is also patterned with Greek prints. Some variations of the Himation are also often used as blankets in Greece since it is made from wool.
Ionic Chiton Clothing
The Ionic Chiton is a garment that is in the shape of a rectangular tube. It is sewn on one side while the other side is left free. The Ionic Chiton is made from material that is similar to gauze. This was a very popular garment among charioteers, women and also musicians.
This garment was often pleated like a modern skirt. The Chiton is available both in single bold colors as well as in patterned design such as purple. The Ionic Chiton is a long piece of clothing that often touched ones ankles and trailed on the ground. Since one side of the garment that is the top portion is not sewn, it is held in place by pins or buttons at the shoulders.
The Peplos is a type of Greek clothing that is similar in many ways to the Ionic Chiton. The Peplos is a garment that has one side folded over the chest when it is worn. The upper edges of the garment are not sewn and held in place like a Chiton with buttons and pins at the shoulders.
The Peplos often looks like it a two piece garment because of its fold near the chest and a line at the waist which makes it look like a separate top. However, it is simply a variation of the Chiton and is one long garment.
Another type of Greek clothing that is known for its style and simplicity is the Chlamys. This garment is especially popular among younger men because the Chlamys allows more room for movement.
Men who are older generally wore a chiton over the Chlamys. The Chlamys is a piece of clothing that is in the shape of a cape and is made from a fabric in shape of a rectangle. The garment is pinned at the shoulders like many other Greek garments.
Characteristics of Greek Clothing
While there are different types of Greek clothing, there are certain unique characteristics of this kind of clothing that sets it apart. Greek clothing is made beautiful by these features.
One such characteristic of Greek clothing is its transparency. As a rule, Greek clothing is very light weight. This feature also makes these garments transparent in a way. However, the transparency is common to Greek clothing is not in any way vulgar or distasteful.
The several folds that are present in Greek clothing makes the transparency less evident and instead, there is a soft subtlety about Greek clothing that is very appealing.
Another characteristic of Greek clothing is that they were generally designed in the form of tunic. Greek clothing throughout the ages has been designed in a way that is similar to tunics. And these clothes designed as tunics were worn by both men and women.
Thirdly, most Greek clothing involves draping a piece of cloth over one’s shoulders. The draping of clothing provides a flowing motion that adds to the attractiveness and stylish feature that is prevalent among Greek clothing.
Fourthly, many kinds of Greek clothing are worn by draping one end over the shoulder and keeping it in place with a pin while the other shoulder and arm are left bare.
Finally, the various types of Greek clothing have in many ways inspired dresses that make a woman look appealing as well as sophisticated. Greek clothing is known for its subtlety and its elegant style and has inspired flowing dresses with elegant and long folds that are very feminine and make a woman look very beautiful.