The Roman toga was a loose outer garment worn by male citizens of Ancient Rome. Today it makes for a popular theme and outfit for costume parties, especially among college students, who often fashion theirs out of bed sheets. While historically the only women in ancient Rome to dress in the toga were prostitutes or women of ill repute, today lots of women wear them as fancy dress. There are many different ways to tie a toga.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Cloth or bed sheet
- Safety pins
- Gym shorts
Buy 4 to 6 yards of cloth from a fabric store, in the colour of your choice. The length depends on your girth and how much draping you want. According to Ron Turner of the website How to Make a Toga, 4 yards is sufficient for a simple toga for most people. You can also use a single or twin bed sheet to make your toga.
Take the width of the cloth or sheet and fold it in half so the material is long and narrow.
Wrap it around you, like a towel, at least one and a half times. The cloth should hang to about the knee. Pin the cloth securely at the waist. You can wear something underneath, such as gym shorts, if it is more comfortable for you. Wearing something underneath will also give you something else to pin the cloth to.
Throw the remainder of the cloth/sheet over your shoulder. It does not matter which shoulder--just whichever is more comfortable. Bring the fabric around the back and pin or tie securely at the waist.
Accessorise. Add a small belt, leather or beads, to accentuate the waist and/or bust line. Wear Roman sandals if possible and make a laurel for your hair by fashioning a wire coat hanger to fit your head and sticking plastic (or real) leaves to it.
Tips and warnings
- This is simplest toga design. You will either need to tie or wrap your toga very carefully to ensure your bust region is covered and secure, or wear a T-shirt or tunic underneath your toga.
- After you have wrapped your body in the cloth, you could try getting creative by twisting the end into a rope and experimenting with different draping techniques, such as putting it around your neck to make a halter neck before tying or pinning.
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