June 11, 2010, Newsletter Issue #260: Toga Costume Ideas

Tip of the Week

For a simple costume which allows so much versatility, start with a toga costume. Here are some of our ideas for characters you can play in a toga costume.

Julius Cesar – To play Rome’s last dictator, you’ll need a long white toga, a colored sash draped from one shoulder, and a leaf crown around your head. Add gold cuffs around your wrists and leather sandals at your feet. It also helps if you have short hair you can push forward in the classic Julius Cesar type hairdo.

The Goddess Athena – Use a length of white fabric to turn into a toga. For a belt, add a length of gold cord. Add an additional length of fabric as a drape over your shoulder. You can adorn the edge of your toga with gold ribbon banding. As the Goddess of the Hunt, you’ll need to add a toy bow and arrows as your accessories.

Spartacus – You can use a toga to dress up as Spartacus, the gladiator who led armies in battles against the Roman Empire in the Third Servile War. Start with a short toga that ends above the knee. Add a rich colored cloak to drape from your shoulders. For the waist, tie a corded belt. For your feet, add leather sandals.

For a complete toga costume in the Greek or Roman character of your choice, shop at a major online retailer. You can find a toga costume for Caesar, Greek gods and goddesses, as well as Spartacus. Some toga costume accessories you can find online include a laurel leaf crown, gold armband, sandals, and gladiator weapons.

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