Clothing in Ancient Rome
Types of clothing[change | change source]
Toga[change | change source]
The Toga was an important part of dress worn only by Roman citizens, and after the second century BC, only by men. After that, the only females to wear togas were prostitutes and government officials. The colours of togas had meaning. A toga could be edged with purple (high rank), or the body of the cloth could be saffron (priestesses). Only emperors could wear entirely purple togas. In other words, clothing reflected status as well as practical needs. A red lined Toga often shown shame and disgrace, often worn when banished or before an execution.
Palla[change | change source]
A mantle or headcloth worn by women with the stola. It drapes over the shoulders and round the body.
Stola[change | change source]
The Stola is a floor-length dress with long sleeves. It is worn over a tunic. The Stola was a symbol of marriage in ancient Rome times. Girls wore a simple tunic, except when going to an evening event, when ankle-length tunics were worn.