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How to Dress Like a Capricorn

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

Capricorn's style is effortless, casual, and mature. There is nothing shocking about it. The colors resonant with winter.

Capricorn's style is effortless, casual, and mature. There is nothing shocking about it. The colors resonant with winter.

Capricorn Fashion Basics

When I think of a Capricorn look, I think of winter. I think about forests with vibrant green pines, gray skies, white snow, and dark brown earth. I consider Capricorn one of the most mature signs of the zodiac. They play their cards to survive and outlive their counterparts. As such, a Capricorn wardrobe plays to the sign's strengths: wisdom, minimalism, and longevity.

When dressing like this sign, you want to select items that will last for the long haul. You're not interested in bells and whistles and instead keep things to a manageable number. You're ready to wander in the outdoors for months.

Capricorns should look for items that are:

  • Durable.
  • Easy to wash.
  • Useful.
  • Simplistic.
Capricorn embraces colors you would commonly see in winter: charcoal gray, coffee brown, whitish-gray, and tan. The poncho this woman is wearing has a mostly yin-vibe to it. I can see a Capricorn friend wearing this.

Capricorn embraces colors you would commonly see in winter: charcoal gray, coffee brown, whitish-gray, and tan. The poncho this woman is wearing has a mostly yin-vibe to it. I can see a Capricorn friend wearing this.

Colors

The easiest way to tell if a color fits a Capricorn vibe is to ask whether it fits in a template for winter. Bright colors like red, yellow, pink, and orange belong to other seasons. Capricorn is about aged colors that fit in landscape paintings by Bob Ross. The sign's power color is gray, which is the color of neutrality and muted ambition.

I would argue that the following colors fit in Capricorn's palette:

  • Dark faded blue.
  • Dark faded green—like what you see in a pine forest.
  • Coffee brown.
  • Misty white—like a slightly gray cloud.
  • Silver—like little rocks found in a stream.

Capricorn's colors remind me of an Idaho field in December. There is something solitary to Idaho's sprawling landscapes, and it connects well to Capricorn, the hermit of the zodiac. Charcoal gray is your heaven, dusty brown is your oasis, and navy blue is the breath of your God.

Earth and water signs are more associated with yin. Fire and air signs are more associated with yang. Yin colors are subdued, calming, and restful. Yang colors are bold, energetic, and inspiring.

Yin energy is about circles, soft textures, less color, and more relaxation. As an Earth sign, the Capricorn outfit should be sensible and non-threatening.

Here is how the elements in astrology generally gravitate toward colors:

  • Fire: red, orange, yellow, white, pink
  • Earth: brown, green
  • Air: pink, blue, yellow, green, purple, white
  • Water: blue, silver, gray, black
Opt for simplistic patterns when it comes to Capricorn. A shirt with tiny and subtle dots is appropriate for the 10th sign of the zodiac. The color of the shirt also works for the cardinal earth sign.

Opt for simplistic patterns when it comes to Capricorn. A shirt with tiny and subtle dots is appropriate for the 10th sign of the zodiac. The color of the shirt also works for the cardinal earth sign.

Patterns

When it comes to patterns, Capricorn wants to communicate serenity and strength. Wear clothes that have patterns related to winter and the outdoors. For example, wear shirts with trees, rivers, and mountains. As for animals, Capricorn is known as the goat, so clothing with goats on it fits your vibe. You can also wear clothing with prints of wolves, owls, or raccoons. I recommend animals that are nocturnal and associated with colder seasons.

Circles and ovals are better suited for Capricorn than triangles and squares, but no pattern should come off overwhelming or weird. Capricorn does very well in clothes that are solid colors. It's better to be plain than wild when it comes to this sign.

You're not a sign that's trying to challenge norms with clothing or designs. You have a relaxed and mature vibe, someone who likes to explore the land around their town and goes home to kick off their boots and sit in a nook reading a novel and drinking a beloved beverage.

When it comes to a Capricorn look, keep things simple. Put on a dark gray sweater, and you're already pretty much communicating the right vibe.

When it comes to a Capricorn look, keep things simple. Put on a dark gray sweater, and you're already pretty much communicating the right vibe.

What to Wear

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Colors

Winter colors: charcoal gray, misty white, witch swamp green, aged blue, coffee brown.

Bright and cheerful colors: red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple.

Jewelry

Subdued gemstone colors: red garnet, blue sodalite, tiger eye, amethyst, clear quartz, and rose quartz. Look for items that are earthy. Silver is preferred over gold. Circular is better than square.

Big, bright, and flashy pieces. Avoid something overly sparkly and big.

Hair

Natural with a touch of grace. Grays are in, embracing your real color and hair shape is in. Styles that are appropriate for gardening, spending time outside, and blending in with crowds.

Nothing eccentric. Nothing asymmetrical.

Makeup

The natural look is preferred. Light touches of white or gray eye shadow. Browns and neutrals are a plus.

Too much color. Capricorn prefers under saturation.

Tops/Shirts

Go for a conservative look. Your skin should be covered and protected from the elements. Wear solid colors, durable materials, and unoffensive items.

Showy shirts or promiscuous items. Avoid attention to skin.

Pants/Bottoms

Capricorn rules the legs. You should have pants that make it easy for you to go about your day. Pockets are a plus. Spend money on good jeans that you can trust will last.

Too tight, too flashy, too much. Capricorn: You're not trying to look extra!

Dresses/Skirts

Go for a conservative look. Longer dresses and skirts are preferred.

Don't wear skimpy, too short, or too tight of dresses or skirts.

Accessories

Scarves, hats, gloves, belts, and an umbrella. Look for practical accessories.

Accessories that are frivolous. Capricorn is purposeful, not whimsical.

Shoes

Strong, durable shoes with covered toes. Look for neutral dark colors.

Shoes that are difficult to walk in, like heels. No crocs, which seem silly.

Capricorn jewelry is simple and subdued. You might not notice the jewelry at first.

Capricorn jewelry is simple and subdued. You might not notice the jewelry at first.

Jewelry

Capricorn's jewelry should be simplistic and understated. Look for small items that are circular as opposed to square or triangular. Capricorn's birthstone is red garnet. Other gems with subdued colors are also preferred—think tiger's eye, amethyst, rose quartz, clear quartz, and blue sodalite.

Capricorn needs to come off earthy, not spectacular. Wear simple watches, elegant earrings, subtle bracelets, and slim necklaces. When you wear jewelry, it's best to keep it to one or two pieces. You don't want to overwhelm your look with jewelry.

Capricorn's ensemble is meant to promote a lack of bias and strength of knowledge. You want to look mature and dignified, not like a model for designer pieces.

You have refined taste, and you're not taken by expensive things. You buy things that are simple, smart, and long-lasting.

Let your hair do what it naturally wants to do.

Let your hair do what it naturally wants to do.

Hair

Capricorns don't put a lot of effort into their hair, so you should work with the natural aspects of your locks. If your hair is turning gray, let it happen. If you have curls, don't try to straighten them out. Capricorn embraces what is natural rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.

Capricorns prefer a more traditional or conservative look. Stay away from showy hairstyles like mohawks or asymmetrical bobs. Simple braids and ponytails are straightforward and cost no money to put together.

Capricorn is the type to learn how to cut their own hair. They'll also get annoyed with their hair and shave it. Just keep your hair clean and relatively tidy.

  • Forget your hair. Put on a beanie.
  • Pull it back in a ponytail or bun.
  • Pigtails or one long braid.
  • Brushed but left wavy or bouncy.
Capricorn wants to look natural. Don't cake your face over with makeup. Let your natural glow shine.

Capricorn wants to look natural. Don't cake your face over with makeup. Let your natural glow shine.

Makeup

Capricorn prefers a natural look, so you don't need to cake your face in makeup. Instead, invest in moisturizers and products to keep your face looking fresh and young. Drink water to stay hydrated and to prevent your skin from turning dry like a crocodile.

If you want to wear makeup, rely on colors like white, gray, and brown. A little bit of white eyeshadow might be all you need. A beige or nude lipstick is less showy than red or pink. Pick neutral colors! Make it hard for people to tell that you're wearing makeup.

Keep your face clean. Wash your face twice a day and avoid putting toxins on your face. Avoid harsh products or colors that make you look threatening or intense. At the end of the day, you want to look like yourself, not some imaginative person created through Photoshop. Avoid Instagram filters and the likes; they make you seem superficial or silly.

Look at this gorgeous color scheme. The mix of brown and that aged dreamy blue communicate a Capricorn look. The mix of coats and the bag make it clear that someone is prepared. (Though the pocket square might be a little much.)

Look at this gorgeous color scheme. The mix of brown and that aged dreamy blue communicate a Capricorn look. The mix of coats and the bag make it clear that someone is prepared. (Though the pocket square might be a little much.)

Clothes

When I think of Capricorn clothes, I think of heavy coats, thick sweaters, jeans, wool socks, and hiking boots. The goat sign wears t-shirts, overalls, hats, belts, and sturdy shoes. Capricorns don't waste their money on unnecessary things, so they're not the type to indulge in accessories and wild clothes, like a pair of oversized angel wings.

Capricorn's clothes are practical and reliable. They're ready for the harsh conditions of the outside world. Their clothes are dependable and sustainable. They're good at repairing their clothes, including replacing missing buttons and adding patches to holes.

Athletic Wear: Capricorn should be ready at any point to go for a run or hike. Have a few different sets of athletic wear ready for when you need to exercise.

Tops/Shirts

Capricorn should have an array of comfy t-shirts and oversized sweaters, but your closet isn't overpacked. You have shirts in about five colors. Sweatshirts, denim jackets, cotton long sleeves, and hoodies align your wardrobe. You have thick coats that can get you through winter and storms.

Your clothes are in solid colors and simple patterns that don't startle or confuse others. Your shirts are organized beautifully.

Pants/Bottoms

Capricorn rules the legs! What does that mean? Each of the 12 signs of the zodiac rule a body part or space of the body. Capricorn just so happens to rule the legs, so when it comes to fashion, you want to put more energy into your pants than your tops. Spend more money on jeans because you love to walk. Look for pants that are well fitting, practical, and have plenty of pockets.

Corduroy pants are the stuff of winter dreams. Overalls give off a sense of exploration and getting your hands dirty.

Dresses/Skirts

When it comes to dresses and skirts, try to keep your look conservative. You're not trying to be flashy, and you're not trying to show off a lot of skin. Wear a long dress!

You might want to go with what my husband calls "Great Depression Chic," a reference he made to some of the more old-fashioned dresses Target sells.

Your dresses and skirts should be comfortable and not revealing. You look classic, smart, and serious. You have the look of a 10th-grade math teacher or accountant, not a pageant queen.

Hiking boots are your ticket to explore the outside world from high to low.

Hiking boots are your ticket to explore the outside world from high to low.

Shoes

Pick classic shoes in simple colors: gray, black, white, and brown. Your shoes should fit comfortably and have a purpose to them. You don't want to clog up your closet with shoes.

Have a couple of boots, one pair of business shoes, and three pairs of sneakers. When your shoes go bad or start to smell, donate them. Your shoes should all have a designated place on a shoe rack or the like. You don't want piles of shoes everywhere.

Avoid shoes that will stress your feet. Pick sandals over flip-flops. Skip the high heels and opt for something that's flat. Boots should be practical and not scandalous. Your shoes should look and feel like they belong.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Andrea Lawrence