Dear Libra Dress Historian,
My Virgo aunt was the Queen of op-shopping. She dressed entirely in designer clothes and shoes from Op Shops. She had accessories in every colour. Before she left this earthly realm late in 2009 she gave me a full-length Chanel overcoat, which she
discovered in the local Vinnies.
I could not get a piece of clothing to fit me more perfectly than this royal blue overcoat accessorised with Gold Chanel buttons.
As a Libra I’m quite comfortable being the centre of attention and can speak to a crowd but even though I live in a cold climate I cannot bring myself to wear this coat very often and have worn it twice in 4 years.
It’s a bit too showy, even for me. So it hangs in the wardrobe and I wear a black knee-length coat on particularly cold days. It seems like such a waste.
My question is: I give all my clothes to charity but cannot bring myself to wear anything from Op Shops. It’s as if the spirit of previous owner of the clothes is still present (whether they are alive or dead) and I just don’t feel comfortable. Do some signs inhabit their clothes long after they have stopped wearing them?
I’m not sure whether particular signs are more prone to lingering in their clothes posthumously, but I imagine that Fixed signs with their ego-strength would be the most pervasive. Your late aunt certainly seems an atypical Virgo. Collecting accessories in every colour and strategically sourcing high-value bargains might be Virgo traits, but blithely ignoring the fact that your finds have been in contact with other peoples’ dead skin-cells goes against her sign’s trademark preciousness and hypochondria.
But to turn to you, I think that Libras might be especially resistant to Op or charity-shopping. Though Libras are generally easy-going, that cardinal Venusian energy makes them opinionated in matters of fashion and beauty. They also like to be tastemakers, with a strong personal sense of style that can adapt to incorporate current trends. When I look at myself and my Libra friends, none of us make a big deal out of charity shopping. If we have second-hand pieces they blend in so seamlessly with the rest of our wardrobes that you’d never be able to tell.
Perhaps your aunt’s Chanel coat, no-matter how glamorous or perfectly fitting feels odd when you wear it because it was inherited, not chosen- as though it was imposed on you. I personally think that you should let go of any guilt that comes from not wearing the coat. It’s fine to pass it on and keep the memories of your aunt. I had a similar situation recently when my Gemini grandma tried to give me her heavy gold chain. Just looking at it made me sad and I knew I’d rather have happy memories of my grandma, so I gave it to my sister and bought a delicate pearl necklace instead.
Lastly, look to your moon sign as well, because the moon governs our emotional response to clothes. While Pisces and Cancer moons love a little history in their outfits and are often happily haunted by wearers past, Capricorn and Aries moons like to be the first to break in an outfit. And Leo moons, of course prefer selective haunting- only cast-offs from royalty, or at least an eminent family member, will do.
I hope this helps,
Libra Dress Historian x
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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