Dear Libra Dress Historian,
i wonder whether you can advise me? i have loved fashion and clothes for as long as i can remember. my tastes are pretty eclectic: i love all styles, harking from eras 1930’s onwards with a soft spot for boho~hippie looks and also very drawn to darker styles (a la Patti Smith) and working man looks (woollen vests, flannies, boots etc). i am inspired by a wide range of incredi-peeps: Frida Kahlo, David Bowie, (especially young) Bob Dylan, The Hepburns, Alex Turner, so many others
Astrologically, i have Pluto on my Libra Ascendant, Sun in Cancer, Moon in Sagittarius and Venus in Leo…
i frequently feel invisible: not in an emotional poor-me kind of way, just matter of fact customer service people & bar tenders never see me kind of way. i wonder whether this relates to my Pluto Ascendant above all else?
I would love to channel my inner Leo a little more but am low maintenance: i definitely dress for comfort.
I want to creatively express my-Self, dress for my soul.
(to the both of you)
Hello Plutonic Crab,
Thanks for your email- you raise a lot of important questions about dressing expressively and authentically. As far as I can see, Pluto is not your main problem. What Pluto is doing is making you deadly serious about your Libra Ascendant’s Venusian obsessions: external appearances and pleasing others. Those of us with Libra dominants (and I should know, having my Sun and South Node in Libra) often risk losing an authentic sense of self because we are so keen to make a good impression. We enter this warped dimension where we don’t see ourselves from our own perspective, but through the eyes of others. It’s a cliche, but any winning sense of style relies upon self-awareness and being comfortable in your own skin. A willingness to try new things, make mistakes and being able to laugh at yourself when a certain look hasn’t worked the way you’d hoped is also essential. Beauty is so subjective, that you will never please everyone, and perhaps trying to impress others first is making you feel invisible. Your gutsy, independence-loving Saggo moon can act as a counter to your Venusian Pluto ascendant when you find yourself too preoccupied with how your appearance impacts others.
I’ve also noticed your long and varied list of style inspirations. It’s of course totally fine to do a vintage or rock-chick look if you’re having fun and expressing different aspects of your multi-faceted self. Romantic Cancerians especially suit having a few historical references thrown in there. However, take care that these ‘incredi-peeps’ who inspire your style don’t supplant your own sense of identity because you don’t want to disappear in a series of costumes. What I’d advise, is that you try on your existing outfits and differentiate between those that feel authentic to who you are and those that project someone else’s identity.
Now, to the fun part: your Venus in Leo. Done wrongly, Venus in Leo can fall into the same trap as your Plutonic Libra Ascendant, i.e: obsessively targeting admirers without a genuine sense of self. True Venusian vibes can’t be painted on, because they don’t just relate to your appearance but to your feelings about your femininity. So I’d advise that you nurture your feline Venus by starting small, with accessories. Try wearing flame-coloured lipstick, gold or ruby toned jewellery, leopard-print lingerie or sunflower-studded shoes and see how you feel. If your attempts lead to those Leonine stand-out qualities: a mega-watt smile and a purr of satisfaction, you know you’re doing Venus in Leo authentically. If not, identifying what you want from your style as opposed to focusing on what you think others want will help you sparkle.
Good luck, and let us know how you get on!
Katerina Pantelides is a dress historian and writer living in London. A Libra with Neptune rising, she is interested in the relationship between fashion, beauty and the occult.
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