A toga is considered to be one of the outfits that the ancient Romans wore. A toga was worn like a sash wrapped around the body. It was used only by men in the past. Nowadays, togas are used for costume parties or for occasions that call for a classic Romanesque theme. Both men and women can wear them.
Required Tools and Materials for Making a Toga
- 5 to 6 yards of fabric (this is applicable to people with average height; if you are petite, then a 4 yard fabric will do, and if you are tall, you might need about 6 to 7 yards of fabric)
- Safety pins
- Sewing machine/ needle and thread
- Rope or any cloth to tie around the waist
Steps in Making your Toga
- Fold the fabric over at the seams and then sew the folded cloth with a sewing machine or by hand. This step is very important to avoid fraying.
- Before fitting the toga, remove all your clothing except your underwear. You need to do this to end up having a beautiful and well-fitted toga.
- Starting from your back, wrap your chosen toga fabric around your body and under your arms. Wrap the fabric about 1 to ½ times around your body until your arms are bare and the material reaches your knees.
- Place the rest of the hanging cloth over one of your shoulders and secure it by pinning the back of the fabric to the spot where you started wrapping.
- Drape the fabric in front in such a way that it would look fashionable and attractive. Togas do not have to look smooth and wrinkle-free.
- Secure the toga around your waist using a rope, belt, or a piece of cloth. Choose colors that go well together.
- To complete your outfit, make sure that you don’t wear the wrong kind of footwear because it will just break your look. Togas look good with open-toed sandals or gladiator sandals. You can simply go barefoot.
- Accessorize: Wearing tiaras or a wreath of flowers is highly suggested for women, while men can wear gold necklaces or bracelets to heighten their godly look.