Artistic License: Fashion Inspired by Greek Goddesses

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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

white maxi dress rose gold flower headband gold stacked bangles highlighter blush combo turquoise nail polish romantic lips turquoise strappy sandals outfit inspired by greek mythology outfit inspired by greek goddesses goddess of love aphrodite aphrodite inspired outfit

Products: Dress – Nordstrom Rack ($30), Headband – Kohl’s ($9), Bangles – Etsy ($25), Highlighter/Blush – ELF ($4), Nail Polish – Essie ($9), Lip Gloss – Bobbi Brown ($28), Sandals – A’gaci ($15)

Outfit Cost: $120

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 killer plunging neckline and would be perfect. Meanwhile, the turquoise accents in this outfit represent the legend that Aphrodite was born from the sea.

The flower headband and gold bangles convey both romance and confidence (Aphrodite did not let people push her around), while a highlighter/blush combo and lip gloss 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

white tunic button-up shirt black topknot headband gray plaid cropped pants owl ring black oxford flats smokey cool toned eyeshadow palette black liquid eyeliner red lip stain outfit inspired by greek goddesses outfit inspired by greek mythology outfit inspired by athena goddess of wisdom athena

Products: Shirt – Banana Republic ($42), Pants – Express ($50), Ring – Etsy ($19), Oxfords – Saks Off 5th ($35), Headband – Urban Outfitters ($14), Eyeshadow Palette – Charlotte Tilbury ($53), Liquid Eyeliner – Maybelline ($7), Lip Stain – Maybelline ($8)

Outfit Cost: $228

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 tunic button-down and gray plaid cropped pants keep the look down-to-earth and practical, allowing us more flexibility with the accessories.

Lace-up black Oxford flats convey strength, while a top-knot headband adds another goddess-y detail. I chose the owl ring because Athena is frequently portrayed with an owl — a symbol of wisdom — in paintings and statues. Finish off the outfit with a tough-girl vibe using liquid eyeliner, smoky eyeshadow, and red lips.

Inspired by Artemis

black boho chic romper earthy eyeshadow silver nail polish leopard headwrap braided belt feather earrings brown sandals inspired by greek mythology inspired by greek goddesses artemis inspired outfit goddess of the hunt artemis

Products: Romper – Lulus ($66), Eyeshadow – Pur Cosmetics ($10), Nail Polish – OPI ($11), Headwrap – J.Crew ($19), Belt – Gap ($18), Earrings – Forever 21 ($5), Sandals – JCPenney ($14)

Outfit Cost: $143

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 boho-chic romper, then throw in hippie accessories like the braided belt and minimalist sandals to show that you’re in touch with nature.

Meanwhile, feather earrings and a leopard-print headwrap 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, earthy colors to complete the outfit.

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.)

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2018; it was completely updated and revamped in 2018 by Sharon with new photos, outfit sets, and information.

47 thoughts on “Artistic License: Fashion Inspired by Greek Goddesses”

  1. Love your creativity but Athena would never wear that outfit… (!) 🙂 She’s goddess of crafts – she was a weaver — the least you could do is incorporate something done with a weave… and she was also goddess of war – badass 🙂 There should be a lot more owl happening here and some form of a diva esque “shield” necklace… Nevertheless, cool concept…

  2. I love Athena, also Persephone (the queen of the underworld). I would use them as inspirationf for the colour palettes (my wardrobe is ful off black/white/gray).

    Awesome post!

  3. This is such an original idea that you made into a fantastic post!! I think you should do a follow-up on this article with other goddesses, such as Hera, Demeter, Persephone, and maybe even Hestia. There are a lot of interesting possibilities that go with this concept, and you could even do a post on outfits inspired by male gods, like Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades! This is such an awesome concept, so you should run with it.

  4. Oh I adore this article! It such a fun read, love the subject and the outfits are absolutely perfect! Totally wearable, seriously cute and I love your interpretations of the goddesses into them.

    I’m definitely also throwing my vote in here for more goddess-inspired outfits!

  5. I absolutely love all these looks! Especially #2 & #3. I probably would have never chosen those shoes to go with the Athena outfit, but it works & I could definitely see those together. I love how you all don’t just include the outfits but also the makeup as well. Great post. <3

  6. I love outfit #3 inspired by Artemis. This is a really creative piece and it works cus it incorporates the greek history and culture with some really cute outfits for summer. I especially love out u mixed the brown with the black. I know they are 2 neutrals and neutrals go with anything but sometimes i dont like the way people mix brown with black but this one is really cute. I’d love more posts inspired by more greek goddesses or other strong women from history.

  7. I absolutely love this post! It’s my favorite in awhile. My favorite outfit is Athena’s. I love the Greek goddess (and their Roman counterparts). Great ideas!

  8. Tiffany, can I just say that I freaking LOVE this series! You’re so creative and you definitely incorporated all of the elements of these goddesses perfectly in your outfits.
    I love ’em!

  9. oh wow, really good post! great idea, first of all, and then great outfits to follow those ideas! i personally can’t pick which outfit is my favorite… they are all so fitting , and of course so super cute! =]

  10. Awesome post! I was wondering if you could do a post on Greek hairstyles? My debs (Irish version of Senior prom) is coming up and I’m going with a Greek dress but don’t know what way to do my hair. Any info would help!

  11. wowww. i love this post SO much!!
    i’m absolutely in love with the Athena look, and i think it’s so creative that you incorporate the owl necklace as her symbol!

    you’re so amazing 🙂


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