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In Early Roman times women wore togas as well as men.

By the time of the Emperor Hadrian women simply wore tunics and cloaks.

Married women wore the stola, a long dress with a colored border around the neck.

Like everything else in Ancient Roman Society, the kind of clothes you wore depended on your status.

Wealthy and high-status women in Ancient Roman society had their clothing dyed rich colors and made of fine materials as silks and muslins.

Women would wear more ornate jewellery with their clothes.

The Toga was a universal item. It was really just a long white sheet that was wrapped around the body. Many Ancient Romans complained about wearing the Toga and said they were cold.

Roman Emperors even passed laws to ensure people wore togas. Many differing styles of Toga were worn at different times in the Roman Empire.

The Toga fell out of fashion and people preferred to wear a tunic. The tunica was like a long jumper or T-Shirt that reached doen to the knees. It was made of linen in the summer and wool in the winter. Some Ancient Romans wore leggings or trousers to keep warm in winter.

Women wore very brightly coloured leather sandals indoors. Street shoes were made of leather and would offer better protection for the feet. Roman womens shoes and sandals would sometimes be decorated with jewllery and pearls.

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The Emperor Hadrian ruled for 21 years from A.D. 117 until A.D. 138, when the Empire of Ancient Rome was at its height.

The Emperor Hadrian consolidated and strengthened The Roman Empire. He was The Roman Emperor responsible for the building of Hadrian's Wall in England.

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A statue of a Roman Woman wearing a Toga.

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Drawing of a Roman Woman

Drawing of a Roman Woman.

Drawing of a Roman Woman wearing a tunica, stola, and palla (modified) modern.
Credits: William Miller, Costume of the Ancients, plate 244, 1812.
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Drawing of a Roman Woman's Tunic

Drawing of a Roman Woman's Tunic.

Drawing showing how chiton-style tunic was worn modern.
Credits: Barbara McManus, 1998.
Source: www.vroma.org

Statue of Roman woman with fringed palla

Statue of Roman woman with fringed palla.

A statue of Roman woman with fringed palla, sometimes called "Juno Cesi"; Roman, early imperial period.
Rome, Capitoline Museum (Palazzo Nuovo). Credits: Barbara McManus, 2003.
Source: www.vroma.org

Roman woman's leather sandal

Roman woman's leather sandal.

Ancient Roman woman's leather sandal with gold decoration.
Saalburg, Museum. Credits: Barbara McManus, 1988.
Source: www.vroma.org

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