Artistic License: Fashion Inspired by Greek Goddesses

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Inspired by the Greek Goddesses


The Birth of Venus, c. 1486, Botticelli

I've loved Greek mythology ever since I was a little girl. All those handsome men and beautiful women, embroiled in drama after drama of love, passion, and vengeance, from heaven to Earth to hell and back -- what's not to love?

This week, I thought it'd be fun to put together some outfits inspired by three of the classic Greek goddesses of Mount Olympus. As you'll see, each outfit reflects the goddesses' different personalities and stories, with one common thread: they'll all make you look like you walked straight out of heaven.

Inspired by Aphrodite

Inspired by Aphrodite

Dress - ASOS, Shoes - Old Navy, Necklace - Debenhams, Bracelets - Nordstrom, Eyeshadow - Chanel, Nail Polish - Essie, Lip Gloss - Bobbi Brown

Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty. She's known for being drop-dead gorgeous and a little self-centered, so I thought a regal maxi dress with a plunging neckline and killer front slit (watch the catwalk video for the full effect) would be perfect. Meanwhile, the turquoise accents in this outfit represent the legend that Aphrodite was born from the sea.

The flower necklace and gold bangles convey both romance and confidence (Aphrodite did not let people push her around), while natural eye and lip colors with a little bit of luster will give you a dewy, sun-kissed look, like you just got back from a romantic walk on the beach.

Inspired by Athena

Inspired by Athena

Shirt - Miss Selfridge, Shorts - Monsoon, Shoes - Debenhams, Headband - Westfield, Necklace - Modcloth, Eyeshadow - Stila, Eyeliner - Lancome

Athena is your no-nonsense goddess; she resides over the realms of wisdom, culture, civilization, and military strategy. This outfit is simple but elegant, with a silhouette that is both tailored and casual. The white button-down and gray silk shorts keep the look down-to-earth and practical, allowing us more flexibility with the accessories.

Lace-up gladiator sandals convey strength, while an elastic headband (try wearing it across the top of your head, boho-style) adds another goddess-y detail. I chose the owl necklace because Athena is frequently portrayed with an owl -- a symbol of wisdom -- in paintings and statues. Finish off the tough-girl vibe with liquid eyeliner and smoky shadow.

Inspired by Artemis

Inspired by Artemis

Romper - Urban Outfitters, Belt - Warehouse, Shoes - Steve Madden, Earrings - Dorothy Perkins, Turband - Gold Saturn, Eyeshadow - Smashbox, Nail Polish - Chanel (No. 505 Particuliere)

Artemis is primarily known as the goddess of the moon and the hunt -- the black and brown tones in this outfit represent each domain, respectively. Lay the foundation for the classic goddess look with a ruffled, one-shoulder romper, then throw in hippie-chic accessories like the belt and sandals to show that you're in touch with nature.

Meanwhile, feathered earrings and a leopard-print turband reflect Artemis's frequent association with the animals of the forest. For this look, you'll want to keep your makeup and nails in neutral, matte colors to complete the outfit's earthy vibe.

Which goddess are you?

If you wanted to feel especially regal and majestic, which goddess look would you pick? Did my interpretations make sense to you? If you were to create your own goddess look, what would you change? Maybe you would even take your inspiration from a different goddess -- like Hera, Zeus' wife and the queen of Mount Olympus? Let us know by leaving a comment!

(By the way, if you this post made you curious about Greek mythology, check out this informative Wikipedia page about the twelve Olympian gods and goddesses.)