The Libran Dress Historian On Scorpio Style

Brigitte Helm L'Atlantide

If I’d been born on my due date, I would have been not just two weeks younger, but a Scorpio. Sometimes I imagine what it would have been like, to justify any mood or wild behaviour with: ‘ I’m a Scorpio’ and a withering glare. As it is, with Venus, mercury, Pluto and mid-heaven in Scorpio, and a posse of close Scorpio friends, I have pretty strong ideas about what constitutes true Stinger style, and what is merely costume for imitators.

Scorpio costume, of the kind designed by Scorpio Gone With the Wind costumier Edith Head, for fellow Scorpio Vivien Leigh who played Scarlett O’Hara, is vampy with plunging necklines, velvet, feathers, hair as stiff as a mannequin’s. But real Scorpios only dress this ostentatiously when they have a specific agenda, either to convince everyone that they are a living incarnation of the past, or to persuade a desirable someone that they cannot live without them.

Case in point, a friend, who we’ll call Porphyra, is uncannily gifted at dressing for costume parties. She looks like she’s stepped out from a vintage kodakchrome, as though she’s unearthed the style secrets of the dead… Half-knowing that an irresistible sleaze-ball would be at a black-tie event, this same Porphyra turned up in eye make-up and tight-fitting leather. Her success astounded her, and she had to beg him to stop stalking her.

The poet Sylvia Plath, one of my favourite Scorps, had a style that might be described as one-part vamp. A Marilyn Monroe fan, she paired her blonde page-boy bob, red lips and head bands, with preppy separates, so she could appear brainy and ravishing simultaneously. The story of her first bruising encounter with Ted Hughes, when she left him bleeding and he stole her red headband as a victory spoil, has gone down in legend.

But most of the time, Scorpios prefer not to attract too much attention. Their favourite looks are armoured disguises. Black, grey and blue are favourite colours because they are subtle and don’t detract from the main event, Lady Scorp herself. Scorpio Calvin Klein saw sex in simplicity when he showed how blue jeans and understated styling equated to pure bodily allure. Nudity aside, there’s a tribal Scorpio edge to the slogan ‘nothing comes between me and my Calvins’- as though he demanded fierce loyalty from his gamine models, even if they were mercurial creatures of fashion.

Finally, the most sublime Scorpio of all, artist Pablo Picasso was less concerned with clothing women’s exteriors than with showing how they informed his present vision of the universe. During his long career, the women in his art shape-shifted enormously, as did his attitudes towards them. But I love that his depictions are so sweeping, stark and enigmatic – Scorpio style at its most magical.

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Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

Love the fashion posts….

Triple Toro/Pisces Rising
Triple Toro/Pisces Rising

Even though I’m not the most fashion savvy so far every article by the Libran Dress Historian has satisfied a fashion itch I didn’t know needed to be scratched… Love your work!!

Sphinx
Sphinx

This tallies with my obsveration of Scorpios. The ones I know dress like I imagine Capricorns might dress. Chique, appropriate but slightly edgy jewellery.

jessieanne
jessieanne

I so resonate with this. I love plunging necklines, black, simple, clean lines, and anything reminiscent of metal (stone denim, bronze earrings) but I can’t do colour because it takes away from me. Having said that, I know I have a pluto scorp thing going on but I’m actually an Aries sun and Libra rising (I think that contributes to not wanting to wear too much?).
But I was really into skulls and snakes and Underworld goddesses there for a long time – I kind of wanted to evoke them in with my wardrobe.

Scorpio Here!
Scorpio Here!

This is a great time to be a Scorpio! Finally!!! Been waiting my whole life for this time in life!

Rachel
Rachel

Sylvia is the best Scorpio hands down. Red lips for days

Anonymous
Anonymous

Katherine Hepburn, Bonnie Raitt, Parker Posey…fabulous style, confidant women. Scorpios!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hepburn used a fake birthday during her career, she was really a Taurus

virgo kathleen
virgo kathleen

My brother has kind of a crazy chart (imo). He’s Scorpio with Pluto, Mercury, and Mars also there, and Capricorn rising with 4 planets in Cap too. Anyway, he falls into the category of “not attracting too much attention”. He is pretty minimalist and doesn’t like clothes shopping. His clothes are pretty bland. Blues and greys like you say. He wears button ups, polos, khakis, etc. Now I’m curious as to what he wears for costume parties as I know he gets wild for parties…in a lot of ways my brother has become a stranger to me. Scorpios can be… Read more »

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix

Its weird but none of the Scorps I know are in any way “goth” in fact they are very cool in a very smart/indi way wearing their own designs or wearing others designs in their own way…..

I have my moon in Scorp and find the “intense” “depth charge” elements to be true but again would not be caught dead looking dead…..

judith scott
judith scott

grace kelly,scorpio. oprah winfrey mars in scorpio. jodi foster,scorpio. julia roberts scorpio sun,mercury scorpio. mrs. clinton,scorpio.

CapellaBella
CapellaBella

Katy Perry fits the seductive Scorpionic style you describe in her Killer Queen advert. Took a hellava lot of Pluto to kill “California Girls” 5,345 times , whipped cream and all!

Regina
Regina

Thank you for this piece! I have Pablo Picasso all over my house just for being drawn to his pieces..& I had no idea he was a Scorpio until now. I am a Halloween baby born in 1978. I’ve always loved my birthday.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I was wondering when we would have another ldh post! Thanks mm and ldh xx pi

VenusRules
VenusRules

Joni MItchell and Georgia O’Keeffe… both incredibly powerful Scorpio women.
WIth Sun-Neptune-Merc-NN in Scorpio, Taurus rising, I love beautiful clothes and textiles, love the brainy-and-ravishing combination.

Rachel
Rachel

Bjork embodies Scorpio very much–Sun, Moon and Ascendant are all in Scorpio (moon 12th house, sun 1st–go figure)

Rachel
Rachel

Plus Uranus AND Pluto on her MC?! Of course.

Scorporation, Inc.
Scorporation, Inc.

If I’d been born on my due date my birthday would have been Halloween, which would have been swell. Probably would have lost my Scorpio Mars, though, so hey.

To me nothing says Scorpio couture like Alexander McQueen. He was Pisces sun (& moon, I think), Scorpio rising. Bjork has worn him a lot. Perfect synchronicity.

Sylvia Plath, truly classic Scorpio in stealth mode style. Love it.

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