Roman Accessories
Womens hairstyles
Womens hairstyles were often very elaborate. Dressing the hair constituted one of the main activities of a Roman lady's morning.
Curls and waves to make these arrangements, often enormous, required the work of a hairdresser (ornatrix) who adjusted false switches or whole wigs, dyed hair blonde or ebony black.
Some women bound their hair with a simple red or purple band (vitta) or built it up into a conical shape or tutulas. Roman women used curling irons, hair nets, hair pins, and even cut off fair hair from their girl slaves to make wigs.
This picture shows the front and the back of a very complicated hair style, held in place with large hair pins.
Mens Headwear and Hairstyles
In the early days, Roman men wore their hair long and even sometimes wore beards. However from the second century BC Romans were clean-shaven and kept short hair. Although peasants and farmers wore wore hats to keep off the sun, called PILEUS or a soft Phrygian bonnet, ordinary Romans did not wear hats. A circular ornament of metal in the form of a chaplet or leaves or flowers, was a much prized headgear by Romans, because it was awarded for exceptional services to the State, or to winners at sports, etc. These were worn on very solemn and festive occasions.


Mens Footwear
Roman footwear was made of leather and there were many types of shoes, sandals and boots,.
# Pedila - This was a simple sandal with leather straps
# Carbatina - Was a simple form of shoe, made from a single piece of tanned leather
# Krepis - Had a thicker sole than Pedila with a "lingual" tongue strap folded over the instep.

# Solea - was a sandal with straps across the instep and strips between the toe, sometimes a strap around the ankle. There were many designs of Solea.

# Crepida - was a sandal where strips were attached along the sides with eyelets and laces. A special Crepida was worn by nobles or high officials, with an ivory tongue piece called a cnemis, decorated with crest of rank.
# Calceus - Was a closed boot tied with strings. Different colours were worn by Emperors, Senators, etc.
# Campagus - was an elegant, open-toed parade boot laced at the front. It was sometimes decorated with animal head and paws. The Emperor's Campagus was purple and decorated with gold and jewels.

# Cothurnus - It was a sandal tied around the ankle, with a much higher sole, like a platform.
# Pero - was and untanned leather shoe, worn by the poor
# Caliga - were the boots worn by soldiers and labourers. They were stoutly made with heavily nailed soles, upper Leather thongs as laces, through eyelets, but the toes were left free.

Women's Footwear.
They wore sandals and boots like men, but usually made of thinner softer leather, in bright colours. These were often decorated and coloured ribbons were used as laces. Sometimes precious stones or pearls were used as ornaments.