The himation was a simple outer garment worn over the peplos or chiton. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Large pins, called peronai or fibulae, were worn at the shoulders, facing down, to hold the chiton or peplos in place.
Packing for the Greek Winter
The Greeks had a great appreciation for the human body, and it was shown in their fashion. The fabric was expertly draped around the body, and the cloth could be slightly transparent. Males had no problem with nudity, while women could only be naked in the public bath. The Greeks also influence modern fashion quite frequently, especially in todays globalized world. Modern big name brands such as Zuhair Murad, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Chanel, and Versace have taken elements from Greek clothing for their ready-to-wear and couture collections today.
Most notably, Gianni Versace famously used Ancient Greek inspiration and motifs in his collection. In fact, his entire branding is based on Greek culture. The logo for Versace is of the Ancient Greek monster Medusa's head encircled in the traditional meander pattern symbolizing eternity.
Dolce and Gabbana also did a collection inspired by Greek temples and ruins. In addition to using Greek silhouettes and clothing styles, Chanel staged the show in ancient Greek ruins, providing a theatric and refined experience for their audience. There have never been more beautiful representations of women.
Or more beautiful column. The entire Renaissance, in fact, was based on antiquity. It is quite evident that, the drapery, architecture, and mythology from ancient Greece had a great influence on fashion since then, and still today.
The chiton was a simple tunic garment of lighter linen and usually pleated that was worn by both sexes and all ages. It consisted of a wide, rectangular tube of material secured along the shoulders and upper arms by a series of fasteners. Often excess fabric would be pulled over a girdle, or belt, which was fastened around the waist see kolpos. There are two types of chitons — Doric and Ionic, named for their similarities to the Doric and Ionic columns. The Doric chiton is "sleeveless", as sleeve technology had not really been created yet.
Much like that on the caryatid to the right, the Doric chiton has a fold over at the top or apoptygma, is attached with fibulae at the shoulders, and is belted at the waist. Unlike the Doric Chiton, the Ionic chiton doesn't have an apoptygma, and is a long enough rectangle of fabric that when folded in half can complete a wingspan.
Before shaped sleeve patterns existed the Greeks attached fibulae ancient Greek safety pins all the way up both arms to join the front and back top edges of the fabric. The Ionic chiton was also belted at the waist. The Doric chiton was usually made of linen and the Ionic chiton was usually made of wool. A predecessor to the himation , the peplos was a square piece of cloth that was originally worn over the chiton by women. Sometimes the peplos was worn alone as an alternative form of chiton.
The himation was a simple outer garment worn over the peplos or chiton. It consisted of a heavy rectangular material, passing under the left arm and secured at the right shoulder. The cloak would be twisted around a strap that also passed under the left arm and over the right shoulder. A more voluminous himation was worn in cold weather. The himation could be pulled up over the head to cover the wearer when they were overcome by emotion or shame.
The chlamys was a seamless rectangle of woolen material worn by men for military or hunting purposes. The chlamys was typical Greek military attire from the 5th to the 3rd century BC. Women often wore a strophion , the bra of the time, under their garments and around the mid-portion of their body.
The strophion was a wide band of wool or linen wrapped across the breasts and tied between the shoulder blades. Men and women sometimes wore triangular loincloths, called perizoma , as underwear. Since clothing was rarely cut or sewn, fasteners and buttons were often used to keep garments in place.
Small buttons, pins and brooches were used. Large pins, called peronai or fibulae, were worn at the shoulders, facing down, to hold the chiton or peplos in place.
Women and men typically wore sandals, slippers, soft shoes, or boots. Ornamentation in the form of jewelry, elaborate hairstyles and make-up was common for women.
Small gold ornaments would be sewn onto their clothing and would glitter as they moved. Popular earring designs included: Patterns such as the meander symbolizing eternity was also commonly engraved into jewelry. Gold and silver were the most common mediums for jewelry, however jewelry from this time could also have pearls, gems, and semiprecious stones used as decoration. Jewelry was commonly passed down from generation to generation or made as an offering to the gods.
Ancient Greek clothing was made with silk, linen and wool. While the young crowd likes to dress up, by no means this refers to wearing puffy dresses like Sarah Jessica Parker does in Sex and the City.
Instead, a black top combined with a stylish pair of pants and sandals represents the perfect outfit for a woman. Men should ditch the shorts and opt for a pair of long pants and a stylish shirt along with stylish shoes.
All black outfits for men are sexy and stylish. Wear your bikini top with a see-through tank or blouse and a pair of Capri pants or cute shorts. A guy can get away with wearing just a pair of cute shorts yummy!
No, not that little black dress, just a stylish dress, made from a light fabric. Dresses are probably the best choice for a woman visiting Greece. Just throw a sweater or a shirt on the shoulders when you visit a church or when it gets colder at night and you are good to go. A stylish skirt combined with a nice blouse or top can also be a nice option instead of a dress. If you like to wear mini skirts but plan to visit a church or monastery, you can just wrap a sarong around your waist to hide the mini skirt.
If you go to a fancy restaurant or in a club, a small purse is exactly what you are looking for. Same for the guys: The general rule says to pack something you are comfortable in. Pack a good pair of walking shoes, a pair of flat sandals and a pair of high heel sandals. If you are staying in a beach resort, you will probably wear your flat sandals all the time and turn to the high heels when you go clubbing or to the restaurant.
The style is casual in the resorts and on the beach. You probably can get away with the flip flops on the beach, but absolutely no where else! If you plan to do some hiking, do pack a good pair of hiking boots. Combine them with a pair of Capri pants — both for the women and men. No matter how much we try, to some extent we cannot avoid looking like a tourist. If you hate skirts or dresses like yours truly!
Instead, choose a pair of Capri pants and cute tops and blouses. Thank you for your good advice. Now I know the clothes we plan to take with us are appropriate.
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Greece Un-Packing Tips for Every Budget. Short yourself on underwear and socks. Realistically assess your willingness to wash clothes while on your indulgent Greek vacation. If washing out underwear or a T-shirt at night is an option, you can save some weight and room. Warning: Greek islands can be humid depending on the time of year. Greece is a hot place in the summer, so light clothing is in order. The temperature sometimes reaches 45° C for stretches of four to seven days. This occurs usually mid-July until mid-August. For most of the time during this period though, the thermometer hovers between 34° and 40° Celsius. The same advice applies pretty much throughout mainland Greece and her many islands - travel light, and we mean really light. Avoid anything too smart - Greece really is very casual. Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), a sunhat and sunglasses.