What Did Men Wear in Ancient Greece?

Men in ancient Greece wore a knee-length tunic called a chiton and a cloak called a himation. Different types of tunics and cloaks were worn for specialized uses such as exercise and horseback riding. Ancient Greeks generally remained barefoot at home but wore boots, slippers or sandals outside.

Ancient Greeks made their clothing from wool or linen and wore heavier clothing in colder temperatures. They fastened their clothing with pins, belts and buttons. Men in ancient Greece wore broad-brimmed hats outdoors, particularly for horseback riding.

The chiton was typically made from linen and was a lightweight garment for warmer temperatures. The heavier wool tunic was called a peplos and was floor-length. Both men and women wore the peplos in ancient Greece. The chiton was also worn by both sexes, though a woman's chiton would be floor-length rather than knee-length.

A short cloak worn by a man for horseback riding was called a chlamys. For other occasions, the longer himation would be worn. A himation could be draped diagonally over one shoulder or worn over both shoulders and was worn identically by men and women.

Ancient Greek clothing was homemade, and pieces often functioned as blankets and burial shrouds as well as clothing. Ancient art suggests that they favored bright colors and elaborate patterns in their clothing.