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How to Dress Like a Leo

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

Leo's fashion should look fierce, ostentatious, and royal. Leo's attire is about projecting sunshine and pride.

Leo's fashion should look fierce, ostentatious, and royal. Leo's attire is about projecting sunshine and pride.

Leo Fashion

If you're a Leo or you want to dress in a way that projects a Leo vibe, you'll need to get comfortable with doing something bold. Leos aren't wallflowers. Leos will do dramatic things to get attention. Leos are considered the royalty of the zodiac, they like grand colors, gold crowns, stunning outfits, and wild makeup.

Leo often dresses to impress. They want to express their creativity, strength, and confidence. Leo is the fixed sign of fire, an element that's known for its love of colors, aggressive stances, and ready-to-go attitude.

A Leo outfit looks AMAZING, but if you're spending too much time on it, you're doing something wrong. Fire signs want to GO, not sit around and plan out every detail. You should be out the door as quickly as possible. You've done something seriously wrong if it takes you more than an hour to get ready.

Orange is Leo's power color. To project a Leo vibe, you want to wear colors in warm tones.

Orange is Leo's power color. To project a Leo vibe, you want to wear colors in warm tones.

Colors

Leo's power color is orange. Wear a bright orange shade that people can't help but notice. You should wear colors that are summery, fierce, and warm. Leo is the fixed sign of fire, so steer clear of cool tones and watery colors.

Top colors for Leo include: orange, red, yellow, hot pink, and white. Your laundry is full of bright colors, and you have to be careful when washing them so the colors don't bleed together.

Blue won't work for a Leo outfit. Blue is associated with water signs, and it isn't normally portrayed with Leos. People won't get that you're a Leo or trying to convey a Leo vibe. Purples that dip more to red are okay, but purple-blues are a no-go.

The elements have the following color associations:

  • Fire: red, orange, yellow, white
  • Earth: green, brown
  • Air: yellow, blue, pink, purple, green
  • Water: blue, gray
Leos are the best sign for animal print, especially when it comes to tiger, cheetah, and other big cat patterns.

Leos are the best sign for animal print, especially when it comes to tiger, cheetah, and other big cat patterns.

Patterns

Leos need patterns that break the mold and cause people to stop and forget what they're doing. Leo does well with vertical stripes, images of the sun, heart-shaped patterns, triangles, and flames.

Leo needs patterns that are more yang-based than yin-based. Yang favors stripes, bright colors, and shapes with tight corners. Yin favors circles, subdued colors, and shapes with no corners.

Leo's clothing should look energetic and playful. Your clothing should make it clear that you're confident, ready to take on a crowd, and you don't care if you're a little (or a lot) clashy.

This is the best sign for animal print, especially designs of tigers, cheetahs, lions, and other big cats. Animal print looks playful, bold, and dramatic, plus Leo's symbol is the lion. I would encourage you to get products that are animal cruelty-free instead of real fur and animal skin. Leos tend to care about the planet and humanity, so they don't like cruelty for the sake of vanity.

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Leo should wear gold jewelry that's big, makes a statement, and commands attention.

Leo should wear gold jewelry that's big, makes a statement, and commands attention.

Jewelry

Gold is bold and the way to go. Avoid silver at all costs. Gold is related to the sun; silver is related to the moon. Leo embraces the sun, not the moon. Leo wants to be in the foreground and out on display. Sunshine is a common theme for Leos. The sign is ruled by the sun, its favorite colors are related to the sun, and its favorite flower is the sunflower.

Leo is considered more of a masculine sign compared to Cancer, which is more feminine. Sometimes to make Leo fashion work, try to make it a little more masculine. How do you do that? Opt for vertical stripes, promote yang qualities, and go for a tighter fit. Big and thick gold pieces are more masculine whereas delicate round pieces that are silver are more feminine.

Wear jewels in orange, red, yellow, and white. Stay away from cool and soft colors. Leo's birthstone is peridot, a gem with a funky olive green color. Leo can also rock rubies, red and pink sapphires, garnet, topaz, and diamonds. Rose-gold and yellow-gold are preferred over white-gold, which looks somewhat like silver.

What to Wear

CategoriesDoDon't

Colors

Orange, red, gold, yellow, hot pink, and white.

Blue and gray. Avoid colors associated more with water and ice.

Jewelry

Peridot, rubies, sapphires, topaz, garnet, and diamonds. Opt for gold.

Obsidian, amethyst, and blue sapphires. Avoid silver.

Patterns

Vertical stripes, chaotic imagery, anything summer related, sun imagery, zigzags, triangles, flames, dragons, animal print.

Dots, moon imagery, anything winter related, faded and subtle patterns, scribbles, curvy things.

Hats/Hair

Your hair should be dramatic, full of volume, styled up, and even messy. Leos are PROUD of their manes.

Middle part, basic, boring pigtails.

Shirts/Tops

Bright colors, distracting patterns, v-necks, one-strap shirts, bold features, complex designs, glitter, sequins.

Faded colors, simple designs, midriff shirts, flowy shirts, muted patterns, bland things.

Pants

Vertical stripes, pants in different materials, jeans with holes, jeans with bleach, leather, velvet, corduroy, silk, anything that's bold.

Wearing the same 2-3 pair of jeans that have no charisma about them. What some would refer to as "dadcore".

Dresses/Skirts

Flashy colors, v-necks, big ruffles, crazy designs, bright colors, slightly form-fitting, risky features, fierce, shoulder pads.

Anything too basic or drab. Leo clothes should have pizzazz.

Shoes

Eye-catching shoes in bright warm colors, shoes with eccentric features, shoes that stand out. Heels and boots and anything big and clunky.

Basic shoes. Leo shouldn't try to blend in with the crowd.

Leo makeup should be bold. Use bright colors, especially warm tones. Brown is an excellent eyeshadow color, red and orange lipsticks are your friends, bright blush is impressive, and bronzer is a plus.

Leo makeup should be bold. Use bright colors, especially warm tones. Brown is an excellent eyeshadow color, red and orange lipsticks are your friends, bright blush is impressive, and bronzer is a plus.

Makeup

Leo makeup needs to make a statement. You're not afraid to be attractive or scary. Bright and bold red lipstick is your best friend. You can also rock any shade of orange. Brown lipstick is for a day when you're feeling dangerous.

Your makeup should make you look sunkissed and tan. Play with warm tones for eyeshadow, red mascara, fake eyelashes, and black eyeliner. Your face isn't afraid to be flushed and intense. Wear blush in red, orange, and hot pink.

Attention should be on your lips. You want people to be ready to hear you roar. You could wear more than one shade of lipstick at a time to create a funky design.

Your eyes should look like a dream from ancient Egyptian times. Lean heavily into summer themes, and forget that blue exists. Brown can make for an excellent eyeshadow shade.

Makeup that shimmers or has glitter to it is a plus. Airbrush makeup will give you a glow that people will wish they could have.

Long locks in a bright color like red are very fire sign-like. Waves and curls remind me of Leos and their lion manes.

Long locks in a bright color like red are very fire sign-like. Waves and curls remind me of Leos and their lion manes.

Hair and Hats

Leo's hair is their pride and joy. Rock a wig if your locks don't want to agree with you. Wear a dramatic hat if your hair is having a rough day.

Leos are represented by the lion, the king of the jungle, and the king of the mane. You want your hair to be wild and free, big and voluminous, and bright-colored. Leo embraces wild hair dyes. Warm tones are better suited for the sign. Blonde and red are excellent choices. If you're brave enough, try orange.

Grow your hair out long and wild. Opt for absurd hairstyles like mullets, mohawks, partially shaving your head, asymmetry, and uneven layers. You want your hair to look edgy and also playful. You're not as intimidating as your friend, Aries. You're more open to whimsy than the ram.

Gorgeous braids and gold hairpins are something you can rock. I recommend partially braiding your hair so that you have some loose and wild waves.

Leos should strive to wear clothes with bright and warm colors. Wavy and voluminous hair is on fleek for Leo.

Leos should strive to wear clothes with bright and warm colors. Wavy and voluminous hair is on fleek for Leo.

Clothes

Leo needs to bring their whole self to their outfit. You want everything to pop and look bold and fresh. Leo's clothes should be warm, royal, and display a kind of idiosyncratic vitality. You command attention when you walk into the room. People consider you a leader, not a follower. You are their king or queen.

Shirts/Tops

Your shirts pop with color and finesse. Midriff shirts aren't really a Leo thing, more of a Libra or Scorpio thing. V-necks make sense because Leo rules the heart. Shirts with risky features are game for Leo. Short length-wise, I think it's best for Leo to wear short-sleeved shirts that cover the belly and aren't too long.

Opt for cardigans and jackets in the winter, so you can take those off and show off your arms. Sweaters should be in bold colors; your sweaters should be big and exciting! I would wear a t-shirt underneath your sweater in case you want to take the sweater off.

Leo shirts need to be wild and exciting. Summon your inner John Stamos to help you make good wardrobe decisions. John Stamos, you know, a certified Leo-hottie.

Pants/Bottoms

Leo needs pants in different styles. Don't just opt for the same basic jeans. You need variety because you're going to go to a lot of different things and the same pants won't do for everything.

You should have a little bit of everything: tracksuits, leather, velvet, overalls, running pants, black pants, shiny pants, big pants, tight pants, etc.

If you like leggings, get some in solid colors and elaborate designs. You want to be prepared for any occassion.

Dresses/Skirts

Your dresses should be eye-catching and distinctly flirtatious. Red dresses were made for you. Obviously, orange is your power color, so rock it and flaunt it. Short dresses are your thing, anything that glitters and glows, dresses with cleavage, and dresses that are a little complicated... all of these things make sense for you. Throw on a leather/pleather jacket with just about anything, and you'll be okay.

Don't wear dresses that show off your stomach. It's weird and not right for you. It's a good idea to still be classy even if you're rocking something edgy. No nip-slips for you! You're confident and in control. Wardrobe malfunctions are for Aries and Scorpio, they like danger and bad press.

If you want shoes that project a Leo vibe, look for something unusual, pointy, and bright colored.

If you want shoes that project a Leo vibe, look for something unusual, pointy, and bright colored.

Shoes

Red, orange, yellow, gold, and pink should all find their way on your shoe rack. Your feet need to be adorned like you're the royal of a fabulous kingdom. Gold sandals for the beach, red high heels for a night downtown, orange sneakers for a run, and hot pink ballet flats for a night at the symphony.

Your shoes are ostentatious because you're a commander, not a follower. You might look a little extra, but people will definitely think you're on the prowl, and you're about to do something BIG. Make a powerful entrance with your shoes, don't fade into the background with your kicks.

Even your yard work or gardening shoes should pop with color and majesty.

More Inspiration

CategoriesExamples

Famous Leos

John Stamos, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Affleck, Meghan Markle, Joe Jonas, Chris Hemsworth, Kelsey Darragh, G-dragon, Mingi, Hwasa

Mythological Creatures

Phoenix, chimera, salamanders, dragons, jinns

Imagery

Sun, summer, lions, masculinity, fire, crowns, scepters, thrones

Birthstone

Peridot

Birth Flowers

Sunflowers and marigold

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

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