Weird History Which Historical Fashion Trend Matches Your Zodiac?  

Melissa Brinks
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Fashion is an outward expression of the inner self, and determining what you should wear based on your zodiac sign is a great way to flaunt your hidden traits. That doesn't mean all Aries should be walking around with big horns or that Pisces needs to always be rocking iridescent scales (though they certainly can!), but, for those that like a little dramatic flair in their outfits, these historical fashion trends might do the trick. This fashion horoscope turns some of history's most unique looks into inspiration for each zodiac sign.

The history of the zodiac can be traced all the way back to the Roman era, beginning in the eighth century BCE. Most of these trends came after the birth of the horoscope, but that doesn't mean they can't be used to plan out fashion by zodiac sign. While some might be a bit more daring than others, that's all part of the fun of deciding what you should wear based on your personality; sometimes a wild outfit can be a reminder of a trait you usually keep hidden.

Aries (March 21 - April 19) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Historical Fashion Trend Matches Your Zodiac?
Photo: Guillebert de Lannoy/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Confident Aries prefers fashion that supplements their natural demeanor. They need comfortable clothes that say "I'm confident enough to wear this," rather than begging people to look at them, which is why crakows are an appealing historical trend for the sign. These pointy-toed shoes were often stuffed with material like moss to better hold their shape, especially because the longer they were, the higher the status. Aries's energy and determination means the crakow, too daring for may other modern zodiac signs, is the perfect fit. The shoe is like a little flash of individuality; it doesn't even need to be particularly extravagant to make a statement.

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Taurus (April 20 - May 20) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Historical Fashion Trend Matches Your Zodiac?
Photo: Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Taurus, associated with the Bull, is known for being a stubborn sign. That's what makes them a perfect match for panniers, the wide skirts of the 18th century. Intended to accentuate a woman's hips, panniers are basket-like petticoats that sit on either side of the waist to create an exaggerated silhouette. Because they make the body so wide, they can make going through doors difficult. A less resolute sign might be inclined to simply refuse to wear them, but the Taurus, always determined, is one of the few signs who can reasonably make it work. Given their affinity for fine clothes, a Taurus could totally rock a modern spin on the pannier.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Historical Fashion Trend Matches Your Zodiac?
Photo:  Shoe Museum in Lausanne/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0 FR

Geminis are known for being gentle, but a little on the nervous side. Wearing chopines, a 16th century shoe, is the perfect mixture of daring and daintiness for today's Gemini. Originally invented to keep women's feet out of Venice's mucky, muddy streets, the shoes have high platforms that necessitate a light step, often with the assistance of others. Because Gemini can tend toward indecision and hesitation, chopines are a bold choice; they're unique enough that the tender Gemini stands out in a crowd, but not so much that all eyes are on them. To top it all off, the higher the shoe, the more likely the wearer is to need a companion - all the better reason to bring along a friend.

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Historical Fashion Trend Matches Your Zodiac?
Photo: Edmund Leighton/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Cancer is one of the zodiac's most nurturing signs. Associated with emotions but also a tough exterior (hence being the Crab), the sign is therefore a perfect complement to the 12th-century bliaut. Though it looks feminine by our standards, this outfit, with its long, draping sleeves, was actually worn by both men and women in history. It's simple at first glance, but its tight waist and long sleeves are more complex than might be expected, just like a Cancer. Their cravings for culture are perfectly in tune with the high-society association of bliauts, which are commonly seen on nobles of the medieval era. Just like nobles, it's possible for Cancers to be both nurturing and a little on the cliquey side, making bliauts the perfect historical fashion for the sign.

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