Astro-Beauty: How Retro-Fetishist Are Crabs?

Victoriana Goth Fashion MontageYes, I  admit it. I am often caught depicting Cancerians as old-lace fetishists, fingering their antique cameo brooch as they stalk vintage clothing stores or sites, forever enmeshed in a web of ye olde world fashion yearnings, nostalgia encapsulated. When I did an Astro-Nite in Melbourne a few years ago and got everyone to sit in the groups of their Sun Signs, the Crab Folk WERE all wearing an item that was not only vintage but had actual sentimental value to do with one of their ancestors. Seen as such in a group, their general look was more Edwardian/Victorian than any of the other groups. Okay, the Arieans also stood out as they were all in Red & the Librans for their well-kempt complexions. Still, shall we settle this???  Do Crab People have way more of an appreciation for the retro, the ancient, the nostalgic, the vintage end of fashion????  If you are or you know a Cancerian who gets around in cobwebby ye olde lace & antique jewellery, please tell…

 

 

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Deleciel
Deleciel

Haha, I think that this is why I wear lolita fashion! Actually, my venus in virgo makes me a picky person, so I can’t just settle for anything that’s “retro”. I can’t help but look into the details such as lace; the lace must be soft and durable, not that itchy netting stuff (rachel), and neither should the lace be plentiful on the outfit (yikes! It’ll look costumy!). My libra moon/rising, however, makes a great deal on how the item fits my body and ties in with the idea that I can’t settle for anything that’s retro. I’m not willing… Read more »

Tee Rose
Tee Rose

I’m a Cancer Sun/Moon with Scorpio Ascendant and I adore anything vintage. I spend my time pretending to live in 40’s/50’s movies and emulating the look. I love vintage shopping more than anything.

Speaking of vinatge and lace, I JUST bought a super elaborate, lacy 1950’s dressrobe. I saw it from across the room and just died.

Even in my modern attire, I tend to get told I have a vintage appeal. I’ve often been told that I have the Old Hollywood appeal…maybe it’s a Cancer thing.

fallen angel
fallen angel

Oh I so wanted to comment on this since last week…but it seems even my comment will have to be retro. As a Cancer sun with Venus in Leo, I DO love lace, however I am incredibly restrained with it – as I look more along the lines of an anime/Kill Bill character than I do anything poignant and of yore. Seriously. I once hopped on a bus tour to the Great Ocean Road and it was filled with tourists, I was the only person there in blood red jeans, a tight white tshirt, boots and an overcoat – I… Read more »

Leonine Librarian
Leonine Librarian

Cancerian friend’s husband is a Virgo artist…that first started out as a jewellery maker. He makes sophisticated primitive early…all one offs. Cancerian friend mentioned above combines this with the simple timeless, suits her stuff and just looks wonderful.

Wishywashy
Wishywashy

Cancer rising, and slowly succumbing to the vintage bug…

I don’t -have- anything that’s vintage, but I keep being told by other people that i would either 1) look good in it or 2) look like I’m wearing it. Not entirely sure where this opinion’s coming from.

I do wear a lot of (carefully-chosen) second-hands, though.

Savannah
Savannah

Cancer moon, it’s not really my clothes but jewellery & accessories. Mother of pearl trinkets I can’t resist them.

Household items as I’ve said before I’m waiting for the day when I can buy my own Californian bungalow. Only lace I have is on vintage linen.

triple cancer chick
triple cancer chick

I don’t have a lot of lace in my wardrobe or much secondhand any more. I used to raid my mum’s collection of sixties frocks but that was when I was into grunge and before it was called vintage. It was just a phase. Alot of why i used to wear stuff from op shops was i had no money. I did buy a nice vintage 60’s coat last year but I don’t wear it at all. I much prefer my brand new local melbourne designer coat with the stars printed on the lining. It’s sort of duffle coat shaped… Read more »

Vulzaen
Vulzaen

Yes, completely. My mum is the queen of retro. She reminisces on the 70’s, loves estate jewelry (and has a few rings and necklaces that she wears all the time that she inherited) and dresses retro or retro-inspired at least. I dunno, would you call Gwen Stefani’s label L.A.M.B. retro-inspired? I think so.

Sassy
Sassy

Davidl, thats hilarious, i am the same hate buying new clothes, equipment etc, it just doesnt feel right, it take me forever shopping because it needs to be a certain way, cant really put my finger on it, I am cancer venus and sun. I def have a thing for lace anykind, gloves, scarves, heirlooms, anything that has sentimental value…
And i have a thing for plants anykind even though always end up dying, i need them around me…..dont know if thats the cancers coming out…Oh cancers!!!

little fish
little fish

Well,…. I AM surprised your name’s Victoria!!

Victoria
Victoria

Sorry, I don’t get your comment.

Victoria
Victoria

I had a Moon-Child friend years ago that kept boxes and boxes of her dead mother’s old jewelry around and wore it all the time.

She also had a weird fetish for old cheesy movies and made me watch them with her. These weren’t classics just odd old Westerns.

She bought a lot of retro stuff.

I’m a Leo. Other than a few pieces of ultrafabulous jewelry from my grandmother and some great antique furniture from my mom, I dislike old stuff.

We’re not friends any more. Are you surprised?

Leonine Librarian
Leonine Librarian

Reading through these comments I’ve noticed that Cancer homage to the past through clothing, is a little more expansive than the sort of victorian looking clobber. Although that does have its devotees.

This fits in with what I know of a good Cancerian friend. I think she pulls off a more timeless look. Just simple lines that suit her. She does shop almost exclusively at charity shops though. She constantly has her eye open for the next find.

She’s also very good at finding bizarre knee rugs…you know the ones that look like they’ve been made by Nannas on acid?

nat
nat

Well observed LL. I think Cancerians may have an eye for/respect of history. This goes a bit wider than loving lace per se or loving ‘old stuff’ just because its old. Old crap is still crap in my book. But old style is still style. I think I have expressed my dislike of ‘Ye Olden Days’, memory lane & family gatherings here before. I do have some stylish & funny old things and, yes I admit it, I do get a certain joy from a finding a bargain, but my Taurus hubbo is FAR more into hoarding old stuff than… Read more »

C
C

Oops, needed a cup of tea, meant Marimekko not Morimoto:)

Luinae "Kataka"
Luinae "Kataka"

I am a Cancerian with my sun/mercury/venus in Cancer. I adore and live for vintage clothes! Maybe not victorian, but I totally agree with this post! I like vintage stores, lace, and old time makeup looks.

ifvirgosruledtheworldwe'dwhipyoass
ifvirgosruledtheworldwe'dwhipyoass

Retro-FETISHIST? My cancer sun bf is an authority on the history of fetish clothing, primarily fetish boots. He’s published a number of international periodicals over the last 30 years on this, started writing at 19 then writing for himself for the last 25yrs. It sounds like total train-spotting, left-of-field bunkum, but he was “in the workshop when legendary UK label X was the genesis of the European fetish scene”, got “fitted with custom crotch ballets when now defunct Y bootmaker was creating the most seminal ballet boot shapes in the 80’s” and “handpicked the last hide of cherry red moc-croc… Read more »

davidl
davidl

love your name, the post is classic 🙂

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

ifvirgosruledtheworldwe’dwhipyoass

you sound gorgeous! And how lovely that you and your bf share each others rising sign! Sounds like a match made in heaven.

great post!

C
C

Yes, I confess. I do collect lots of good quality antique jewellery and collect silk scarves, especially Mikimoto and old Chloe and YSL. Plus I absolutely adore beautiful lace and have (I think) the best lingerie drawer ever!

I think your image is correct but perhaps the dowdiness needs redressing? I feel that crabs generally add a few pieces to add luxury and style to a look, without descending to the look of an old fortune teller…I’ve found my Aquarian friends have more of that look? I think there’s always something clean/chic to the crabby aesthetic…?

double crabbyness
double crabbyness

Oh god I loathe lace! But my wardrobe is a homage to the 50s – with a good bit of Blondie-era punk thrown in for good measure. Not all vintage tho – but most made to a vintage pattern, and good quality, dahlink! Does make living out of a backpack somewhat challenging though..am slightly envious of Sagg-types in backpacker’s hostels with their moisture-wicking, lightweight garments, but would not be caught DEAD in that!
Incidentally went hiking in converse trainers, black jeans and a vintage leather bomber jacket. Was the only one who thought to bring booze..

cancer sun/moon, libra rising.

lilacmess
lilacmess

My brother is a Cancer and loves wearing fedora’s and waist coats. He thinks he looks absolutely fantastic, which incidentally he does.

Also, he loves collecting retro toys a la Star Trek etc

spirit
spirit

A good Cancerian friend of mine will only shop and wear clothes from thrift / second-hand shops…(even though she is quite wealthy )….Brags about getting a Designer jacket for next to nothing….while it is charming at times , it seems a bit “shoddy” as well….Also she is madd for little flower trinkets ….her house is positively cluttered with them

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

my Gemini Cancer moon friend wears retro clothes from 40’s, 50’s & 60’s. Her home looks like a retro store. No lace though. She does swing dancing too.

davidl
davidl

Anything old is good according to cancer wifey (who i will have to find a better name for ?) anything new is dubious and crass. This attitude works across all sectors of life. Housing, clothes, jewellery, electronic equipment, anything..? it can be an absolute pain in the butt at times.

Bella
Bella

Ahhh, the sacrifices you make to keep her happy 😉

How about Soulmate, Love of My Life, Best Beloved, She Who Makes My Life Complete, The Woman I Adore …..

davidl
davidl

I was thinking something with a little more sarcasm to match the description of most males around here. All of those you mentioned above are true, but
too corny, (she can be incredibly corny). You know, focussing on her minor shortcomings ?

Bella
Bella

Sorry, can’t help there! You never mention them. Unless you mean some of her more cancerian traits … which aren’t so much shortcomings as virtues. So speaketh a cancer moon.

ariesartist
ariesartist

My parents call each other ‘precious petal’ when in full blown cold war death rows.

that or ‘Darling dearest’

* vomits away from computer screen*

how about ‘her indoors’ or ‘the ball and chain’ for full blown sarcasm david?

ps – how do vous feel about the word ‘partner’.

nat
nat

Bella is right davidl you never say anything awful about your lovely wife. How about ‘Goldilocks’? You mentioned yr house looks like that of the 3 Bears…

Stress Princess
Stress Princess

Yes yes! My little nannying charge (now all grown up) was turning 12. All she wanted was a cameo brooch. That’s it. Nothing else for her b’day. Well, a brooch COULD be substituted with earrings if one couldn’t be found… But how that possible outcome pained her.

Baristagem
Baristagem

I knew a Cancerian who’s wardrobe was something from the 1940’s. It was stacked, packed & racked full of vintage stuff. She was always wearing something vintage. Not sure of any cheap stuff most were expensive as she spent loads of $$$ on the stuff. Even had old relics around the house, it looked like she inherited it from a previous generation. She made it look very cool.

scorptastic
scorptastic

i’m scorpio with ascendant in cancer. i wear red in some form everyday, without realising usually. a fave piece of jewellery is my maternal grandmothers engagement ring, which is too small for my fat fingers, but often squeezes onto the pinky or worn around my neck on a chain.

olyalya
olyalya

oh…. and venus in taurus means that no faux or cheap version

olyalya
olyalya

Cancer sun yes love lace, attracted to the texture, SCorp ascendant means that I mostly like black lace, preferably mixed with leather, and Virgo moon dictates that it must be a not too sultry….. its hard

cancercam
cancercam

ps new aries bf LOVES red underwear! so much it made me laugh.

cancercam
cancercam

Yes (Cancer sun and ascendant) — SO love bits of old lace, scarves and shawls, vintage and retro frocks, vintage lingerie. 20’s right up through 70’s. Prized possessions are a long rope of 20’s pearls, and a 30’s sheer silk crepe nightgown/dressing gown set, and french silk slip with complicated panels and lace. I”m with ariesartist — a fan of the quality of vintage fabrics, the tailoring. But it’s the shapely sihouettes too — demurely sexy. I also wear lots of contemporary stuff — plenty of American Apparel in the wardrobe — but somehow the overall look ends up being… Read more »

nat
nat

I think you are onto something there cancercam. Maybe other signs see something retro in us Cancerians that we don’t necessarily see in ourselves. I’ve also been told that I look like I’m from another time but don’t actively try to look that way at all.

crabilicious
crabilicious

and I mixed up the convo – oh well, he was watching as I commented about fledging bra garment, commented, to which i responded.

HE is an aries and one could almost be convinced that he invented the colour red! lol he loves it!

spirit
spirit

yes !……my Aries husband is madd for red as well…..as are several Aries friends

crabilicious
crabilicious

My husband actually said to me last night, as I fingered a fossil of a bra, that you should never toss out the old ones because there is always a time when you need them. His response, you never throw out anything useful. I have a rack full to the brim of classic jackets from faux fur, leather, denim, all styles except lace and they all look brand new even though some are decades old, but that’s where it stops. I have the standard lbd, and corresponding black essentials and have one gold ring that belongs to my great-grandmother. I… Read more »

Wounded
Wounded

One of my cats is a Cancer and she “stole” one of my scarves, the fluffy one: would insert her paw in my drawer in an attempt to extract it. In the end I gave in and just let her have it. Now she has it on my bed and lies on it continually.

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

Mums Capricorn cat languishes gleefully on my heirloom mohair blanket made by my grandmother for my 21st….. maybe she has a cancer Asc? Or moon? Or is just a luxury lovin’ capricorn?

Bella
Bella

I used to have a cuddle jumper for my cancerian cat. When he looked forlorn I would put it on and he would jump up for a cuddle. He ended up with half a dozen of my best jumpers to sleep on around the house.

Wounded
Wounded

That is so hilarious!

Ms Motown
Ms Motown

My bestie is a cancerarian and she is WA-aay cool. No lace, embroidery or cameo broach stuff for her. I totally love her dress sense. Stylish, funky eclectic, retro-cool. Not ye-olde-op-shop….. But funky retro-cool. Her house is a homage to the late 50’s early 60s. I could never pull it off.

ariesartist
ariesartist

I have aries sun and cancer moon
so I compensate by wearing a LOT of red, AND mostly vintage.

I heart heart vintage – but more of a 1920s-40s retro. but any old embroidery, lace and velvet – YUM. I don’t do sentimental, flowery and all victoriana though.

It is the quality of the materials and the hand-madeness that seducess me. I have no time for modern vulgarity, synthetic fibres and crappy finish!

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