In early Roman times Women too wore togas, but soon this
mode of dress gave way to the stola, robe of the traditional
Roman matron, and to see a woman togate meant that she was a
prostitute or in disgrace.
Women in the late Republic and early empire wore a tunic,
over which was worn the stola, a long, full-length dress
gathered above the waist by a girdle, or zona.
The stola was always long, covering the
woman'sinstep. A distinguishing decoration often
referred to was the institia, however,records
of this trimming are lacking, since it is not imitated
on sculpture and has apparently not been recognized in the
surviving paintings. It is most likely to have been a narrow
border around the bottom of the stola.
Over this the Roman matrona donned the palla, a wide,
trailing scarf which covered her from head to foot.