Greek clothing was sold in the agora, the marketplace. You could buy beautifully decorated clothes. But they were expensive. Most families made most or all of their tunics, cloaks, hats, shoes, and other clothing.


Ancient Greek clothes were simple. Women made clothes out of wool for winter wear, and used linen as their summer fabric. They dyed tunics and cloaks in bright colors. They bleached some material to a bright white. Clothes were decorated with geometric designs. Some were decorated to represent their city-state. Some clothes were left plain.

The Greeks wore a hat they invented for traveling. It had a chin strap, so it could hang down their back unless they needed it for protection from sunshine or rain.

 Everyone made jewelry. It was very popular. The rich also bought jewelry from traveling peddlers.

Both men and women used perfume made by boiling flowers and herbs.

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