Women's Hairstyles
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Women's hairstyles varied from period to period and were often very elaborate. Sometimes the hair wasn't thick enough for the current style and then wigs would be worn. (A) This complicated structure of plaits piled on top of the head was worn by young girls on their wedding day. (B) and (C) The "bird's nest" or "diadem" style appeared under the Flavians and lasted a long time with variations. (D) An early hairstyle. Until the middle of the first century, styles remained fairly simple.

(E1) A long-sleeved tunic was put on first and over it (E2) a shorter tunic with short sleeves. (E3) The outfit was comleted by a cloak fastened with a buckle on the right shoulder

(F) Women's tunics often had sleeves fastened with buckles. The over garment was often sleeveless and a cloak would be worn over it. All these garments were dyed in different colours, usually quite bright ones.
(G-H) The most common form of footwear was the sandal laced across the instep. (I) Boots like this called a cothurnus or buskin were regarded as divine garments and were supposed to be worn by the gods. Some emperors wore them too. In the theatre they were associated with tragedy in contrast to the flat soccus worn by comic actors. Some people particularly soldiers and wagoners wore short ankle-length boots (peronis). (J) Philosophers and people who believed in the simple life wore light sandals, often made of papyrus, (K) the cartabina, also laced across the top, was worn by peasants.

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