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.

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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! =]

  9. 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!

  10. 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 🙂

  11. I really love this, these are all so cute!! But for the Athena look, I’m not a shorts gal, so is there something you’d recommend me to use instead?

  12. Hey,
    Just wanted to throw my two cents in here…the accessories in this post, such as Athena’s owl watch and Artemis’ earrings, are particularly creative! I also would like to see future posts drawing inspiration from the Muses, more goddesses from Greek and other cultures, etc. This is one of my favorite CF posts ever…the art/history/mythology series has been so much fun to follow, and I look forward to seeing more of them!

  13. I love love LOVE this post! I am seriously tempted to go shopping for some of these things so I can look like a Greek goddess! I like that you included the owl necklace with the Athena outfit. We did Greek goddess projects in eighth grade where we had to memorize a speech and dress up as whatever goddess we were assigned. I was Athena, I definitely should have done an outfit like this and thrown my lit teacher off a bit haha 🙂 but anyway great post! loved it!

  14. I agree with everyone; this is an amazing post, one of the best. This is creative and your outfits are wonderful. You did a beautiful job of drawing inspiration from Greek mythology. I love this series and find the series to be inspiring in itself because it seeks to draw fashion inspiration from interesting places. We always see celebrities and fashion magazines but we don’t think about things like literature as fashion-related. You proved to us that even Greek mythology (which I always found a little boring, honestly) can provide us with some great ideas!! Way to think outside the box, really! 🙂

  15. Awesome post! I’m often inspired by old mythology and folk tale illustrations, as well as native dress from around the world, so nice to see a post directly rooted in this sort of thing! Got to love a themed outfit.

    Hera- Black maxi dress with a peacock headpiece (Hera was supposed to have created a monster called Argus who had 100 eyes, represented in the peacocks tail) and gold-tinted dramatic makeup (Queen of the Gods!)

  16. I love the Aphrodite outfit.. she is without competition my favorite godess. But one way that I would interpret it is with some red since Aphrodite was notorious for her jealous streak. I would also see the dress to be short and flowing since she was a huge flirt and showed off her body.

  17. I would identify most with Artemis 🙂
    But I love ALL the looks, and like everyone else has been saying, this is definitely one of my fave CF posts ever! So creative and inspiring!!! Keep up the great writing, and great outfits and ideas!!!

  18. Beautiful post! Really inspiring, and I LOVE the greek mythology (always have). I think I would most likely put on Athena’s outfit, but I do identify myself mostly with Aphrodite 😉

  19. Love the outfits! Especially since you include what make ups that go with them! I totally agree that you take outfit ideas from all those mythological believes! There are so many of them, the possibilities would be endless! *so hoping that you’d make this into a series* x)

  20. I adore this. I’ve been super into Greek mythology since I was a youngster, too. I’ve always felt a special connection to Athena. She’s my girl. These outfits are amazing. I just really love what you do with the series. It’s my favorite one.

  21. great job! – this has a lot of possibilities since practically every culture has a mythological pantheon – egypt, norway, india, etc. it would be fun to see what you can come up with. i’ll be looking forward to it!

  22. I am so in love with this post, one of my favorite in a while. And I agree with other comments that you should make this a little series!

  23. I love the whole idea for this post! It’s fresh and original (: And I love the outfits too, since they can really translate to everyday wear

  24. Absolutely amazing post. I really enjoy outfits with a lot of thought behind them. I would love to see more from you. Keep up the good work!

  25. Love, love, love this post!!!! I have loved the stories of the Greek gods and goddesses. I would love to see outfits inspired by Hades and Poseidon. Also, I like how wearable these outfits are. I often find that the outfits are not a viable option for me. But these are more realistic. This series is fantastic– keep up the good work.

  26. Yes, I agree with everyone else, this was an awesome post =) Please do more like it and feel free to expand to other cultures as well!

  27. I LOVE this post…..I think it was very well thought out….and I think everything worked. I think you should make this a series and do more Greek Gods and Goddesses and even do other cultures like Egyptian and Hindu…etc.

  28. Wow! I absolutely love this post – I can see myself wearing these things, and totally gave me inspiration! I love posts that can do that – thank you!

  29. This is one of my favorite College Fashion posts EVER! I hope you do another. May I suggest Hestia, Eros, and Persephone?

  30. This might be my favorite post! The outfits look very goddess-y, but my favorite part is that you added symbolic aspects to the outfits. Love the turquoise nail polish to represent the sea! Anyway, great job, you are so creative!

  31. I have loved Greek mythology since I was a wee one too!!! I was super excited to see this.

    love Love LOVE all three outfits. I think that the one for Athena best conveyed her personality. Sensational job!

    Next can we see Egyptian mythology or the Greek Nine Muses? I would love to see a fashion forward approach made to another really cool historical and artistic inspiration.

  32. Having been a loyal CF reader for a long time, I have to say this is one of the most well-written and creative articles I have ever seen. You truly have a talent and that is evident to everyone who read this post.
    Just wow.
    my favorite outfit is artemis 🙂

  33. Great post! And amazingly funny timing, I just finished the odyssey for a summer course haha

    I love Athena, she’s just amazing, and the outfit you made inspired by her is too cute 🙂

    I think you should do gods as well, I personally love Apolo, and I’m sure quite a few college girls would love some Dionysus-esque outfits haha


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