Dear Libra Dress Historian,
Thanks to Pluto and I presume, Uranus, I have been the involuntary Phoenix this last two years. I have changed name, country, job and friends. Everything but the clothes I wear and I now LOATHE them.
Current style: high end hippie, expensive ethnic looking shit.
Desired style: sleek like the Gucci or Calvin Klein look but with a third of that price tag please.
I am a Scorpio and actually have anxiety attacks at the prospect of shopping, showing myself to sales attendants, Perfectly prepared to take all current clothing, put in charity bin and start over but HOW? I am in my 40s and fit but not “Real Housewife” standard. Where do I begin? How do I plan this? I can’t go naked. I am not young enough to just “do it all online”.
My best shopping experiences in the past have always been driven by a very specific purpose, like a mission but this is my whole new life. I need nothing formal (thank god) but am in dire need of inspiration for a guiding concept now.
What do Phoenixes wear when everything else has changed?
Dear Undercover Phoenix,
This is a challenge indeed, but it seems to me that you’ve already made the hard lifestyle changes, and now comes the fun bit: finding an image that suits the new you. While other astro-info, including a person’s ascendant, moon and Venus signs are usually important in determining a cosmically compatible style, your total transformation and attitude are so Scorpionic, that your Sun Sign is enough to go by. The good news is that Scorpios are master transformers, so I’m fully confident that you’ll rise again.
I’m so glad that you’ve left the hippy style behind, because it’s too wishy-washy for Scorps and especially now when Mars and Saturn are coursing through your sign. When you’re undergoing a total transformation, it’s crucial to visualise the look you want. So maybe start by making a mood-board with words and images that inspire you. The slicker Gucci and Calvin Klein styles are good starting points, but I’d advise you not to focus solely on models or celebrities because you don’t want to become a second-rate imitation of them, but fully yourself. Instead, think also about striking animals, flowers, paintings or photographs, and then you can begin to hunt out these shapes and colours. Snakes, beetles and other armoured insects with intricate yet crystal-clear silhouettes and mesmerising patterns are especially are great faunal Muses for Scorps, while piercing autumnal tones including poppy-red, topaz and forest greens are good alternatives to the Scorp perennial: black.
We all know which body part Scorpio rules! And Scorp-ladies often have shapely waists, abdomens, hips and thighs- in other words they’re made for pencil skirts. Even if you don’t need formal-wear, you can always dress it down with a fitted t-shirt or open-necked shirt. As a general rule, something tailored and sharp with something undone maximises your Scorp-appeal. You should look queenly and understated simultaneously. With make-up, play up one feature at a time and leave the rest natural. Most Scorps have amazing eyes and lips that need minimal enhancement. When it comes to hair, loose or an undone chignon styles are winning.
Shoes and underwear should also be sleek and feminine, and often a good starting point for metamorphosis, because they physically make you feel different in your own skin. You’ll really suit lace, but try tightly woven quasi Elizabethan lace in dark or autumnal patterns rather than the white twee stuff. Some people say that Scorps are made for bondage wear, but I don’t buy it! Who needs costume when you’re naturally sexy? When it comes to shoes you can really have fun with pointed-toe flats, stiletto heels or 1960s-style stack heels, which are much easier to walk in, and almost any kind of lace-up boot for the winter.
Now, how are you going to acquire your transformation togs? Online is a good place for browsing a whole amazon of styles at multiple price-points. I’m not much of an online-shopper myself because often stuff looks completely different live to the way it does on-screen and I can’t stand the disappointment. But it works well for a lot of my friends, especially when they know a brand well. However, for you, I’d suggest looking online at the websites of a few (live) shops within your price-range and when you see something that catches your eye, pay the shop a visit. If you can, go at a quiet time when you won’t be distracted by hordes of other shoppers or impatient sales assistants.
It will be hard the first time, but try to take in and enjoy the experience of surveying and trying-on clothes, taking your time to make sure they fit well and suit the new you. While you might be tempted to make this a solo activity, in time, why not find a shopping confidante, whose opinion you trust? This might be a stylish, helpful salesperson or one of your new friends, who can give you the confidence that you’re projecting the image you want.
Good luck with your mission!
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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