How to Wear a Toga


Toga parties are very popular these days, especially for adults and college students. Make your next party a toga party and enjoy the breezy outfits. Buy some good wine and grapes and get ready to do as the Romans do.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandals
  • Laurel Wreath
  • Packet Safety Pins
  • 3-4 yards materials
  • Throw away that sheet. It won't fit, and cabbage roses won't look all that authentic anyway.

  • Buy 3 to 4 yards of drapey material. Cotton, muslin or poplin will work best.

  • Wear whatever you want on top; for example, a T-shirt, a bathing suit top or a sleeveless tank is fine.

  • Holding the length horizontally, wrap the material around your waist 1.5 times.

  • Pin it or tie it.

  • Throw the rest of the fabric over either shoulder.

  • Bring fabric back to your waist and tuck it into waistband. You can also tie it with a similarly colored sash, or pin it again.

  • Adjust the material to cover more of what you want to cover.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sandals are authentic footwear to complete your toga outfit.
  • History reveals that the Romans (and Greeks, for that matter) didn't go bare-shouldered at all; they wore a tunic-like garment beneath the toga.
  • Experiment with different materials, if you like. Upper arm bangles and/or laurel wreaths can also be nice additions to your costume.
  • Experiment with your fasteners. You don't want to lose your toga in the middle of your speech, do you?
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