Clothing Styles in Ancient Persia

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Clothing Styles in Ancient Persia
Ancient Persian fashion still influences modern style. (east clothes image by Viacheslav Anyakin from

Ancient Persia offers a colourful history often featured in motion pictures. One of the most interesting aspects of those movies are the costumes and clothing. Ancient Persian clothing is just as unique in modern times as it was in 700BC.


Tall fluted hats were worn by men in Ancient Persia. The poet-scholar Andrew Sydenham Farrar Gow speculated that the hats were a modified version of the neighbouring Assyrian feathered headdress.


Persians wore loose fitting robes. Unlike modern robes, there was no opening in the front. Accordingly they had to pull the robe over the head as if they were putting a long shirt on. The robes had long flowing sleeves that allowed full movement of the arms. The only part of the robe that was tight was the waist which was cinched with a girdle or belt.


The concept of trousers was spread by the Persian empire to many parts of the world, including Europe. Persian trousers were baggy and looked like pajama bottoms. When the Ancient Greeks saw Persian men wearing trousers for the first time, the Greeks thought of them as effeminate and mocked the Persians. It probably didn't help that trousers were worn by both ancient Persian men and women.

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