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How to Dress Like an Aquarius

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

The gorgeous shorts on this model have a print that air signs would 100% embrace.

The gorgeous shorts on this model have a print that air signs would 100% embrace.

Aquarius Fashion Basics

There is only one rule when it comes to the fashion sense of the fixed air sign: be interesting. Aquarius doesn't like to wear plain colors or simple clothes. They always need a twist to what they're doing (e.g., wear mismatched earrings or competing patterns; rock some asymmetrical hair or bright colors). Aquarius dares to be different and unpredictable.

The sign loves to be random, so you can't expect their clothes to look the same from day to day. They have days where they want to look beautiful, and other days where they want to look like a disaster. Aquarius types can rock a bohemian chic look or an otherworldly vibe that's alien.

The sign is forward-thinking, so skip traditions and be compelling. You're not going to see this sign rocking a bonnet and a black dress that covers every inch of their skin—unless they're trying to make a statement.

Aquarius' power color is blue. You want to rock the color in a way that's original. The air element is creative, so you need to inspire the imagination.

Aquarius' power color is blue. You want to rock the color in a way that's original. The air element is creative, so you need to inspire the imagination.

Colors

Just to make things extra confusing, the power color for Aquarius is blue. Even though Aquarius is the fixed sign of air, the color they gravitate toward is the main color associated with water.

Aquarius is confusing because "aqua" means water, and their symbol is the water bearer. I don't know who decided on these things, but it makes it confusing for anyone trying to understand astrology.

I think there are hints everywhere that Aquarius's emotions are more complex than what meets the eye. Often people describe Aquariuses as emotionless, but this would be an absolutely wrong assessment.

So, how can blue be the right color for the kings and queens of air? Blue is considered the color of the future. Blue is the sky, and we look ahead into the sky for our hopes and dreams. Green is for grass and is present and grounded like earth.

My suggestion when it comes to using colors to communicate an Aquarius vibe is to use the entire rainbow. Neutral colors don't work for this sign. Avoid black—it is too serious and deadly, and brown makes absolutely no sense. White is okay, partly because it can be used in an ethereal way.

Air signs are like birds who are tetrachromats. Humans are trichromats—we see in three cones of color. Birds see in exponentially more colors than we do because of their extra cone. When it comes to air signs and clothes, you can always add more color. You're not trying to create something that's black-and-white or only has two tones. You're the whole rainbow, especially if you're Aquarius.

The elements in astrology favor the following colors:

  • Fire: red, orange, yellow, white, pink, gold
  • Earth: green, brown, silver
  • Air: yellow, blue, purple, green, pink, orange, gold
  • Water: blue, black, gray
Aquarius is open to fun patterns and prints. They're not afraid of solid colors, but they want solid-colored clothes to really pop and look bold. They also have a thing for bringing attention to their ankles.

Aquarius is open to fun patterns and prints. They're not afraid of solid colors, but they want solid-colored clothes to really pop and look bold. They also have a thing for bringing attention to their ankles.

Patterns

The beloved teacher from The Magic School Bus has the quintessential Aquarius look. Ms. Frizzle wears dresses with absurd patterns, and her dresses go along with her wacky lessons. Ms. Frizzle's wardrobe looks like the inspiration for many ModCloth dresses.

When it comes to patterns, the more the better. Bright and bold designs are the best. Avoid subtlety at all costs. Triangles, squares, and diamonds are better suited if you're trying to convey yang, which Aquarius is a yang sign. Yin is more associated with circles and ovals.

Aquarius types love dress prints with fun things: dinosaurs, ice cream cones, scientific equations, pumpkins, haunted houses, geese, and pyramids.

Aquarius is comfortable wearing bold colors, patterns, and materials. Aquarius has a really strong eye for what is attractive.

Aquarius is comfortable wearing bold colors, patterns, and materials. Aquarius has a really strong eye for what is attractive.

What to Wear

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Colors

Bright and bold colors. Blue and purple are your best friends. Your closet should have every shade of the rainbow.

Aquarius shouldn't limit their color options. Your wardrobe shouldn't look minimalistic. Don't rely too much on white, black, and brown.

Patterns

Go big or go home! Vibrant and crazy patterns are in for you. Rely on triangles, squares, diamonds, and zigzags. Fun prints are your thing.

If it's really subtle, it's not really your brand. Patterns should jump out.

Jewelry

You want pretty, colorful gems. I recommend rose gold for your metal.

Don't rely on things that are too simplistic. Circles and ovals aren't your thing.

Hair

You can do whatever you want with your hair. The water bearer image has long, flowy hair. Your hair should make a statement.

Avoid flat and dry hair. Your hair should look attractive, not geekish.

Shirts/Tops

Flowy shirts make sense for the water bearer. Shirts with strange features will give off an Aquarius vibe.

Shirts that are bland and give you no silhouette or frame.

Pants/Bottoms

Aquarius rules the ankles. Pants that don't cover your ankles are a plus. Skinny jeans are suave.

Pants with no shape that make you look geekish or bland.

Dresses/Skirts

Flowy dresses with finesse. Your dresses are pretty and fun. Patterns are something you can rock.

Dresses that are skimpy and promiscuous. Aquarius wants to look flattering and/or edgy, not desperate.

Shoes

Whimsical shoes with color and character. Ballet shoes, bowling shoes, colorful high heels, and elaborate sandals.

Basic shoes you'd use to do lawn care. One color tone sneakers.

Aquarius can take their makeup to the next level with the right pink lipstick.

Aquarius can take their makeup to the next level with the right pink lipstick.

Makeup

Aquarius's makeup palette is a blast of color. People should have fun looking through your eyeshadow containers because you have every color imaginable. I recommend relying on light blues and whites for eyeshadow, but it's perfectly fine to change it up with rose, bronze, faded yellow, and coffee brown.

The air sign should look pretty and alert. You don't want to look like you haven't slept in days. Go with the natural look every once in a while. Other days, bring on the glitter and orange eyeliner.

Pink is the perfect lipstick shade for you. Pink tends to have a little more blue base in it than red. Also, lipsticks that lean a little more to blue than red will make your teeth look whiter.

Rosy cheeks are a plus, but don't go too dark or red . . . this could make you look like a vampire or Scorpio. Aquarius isn't the Mother of Darkness. She's the Star Child, so her look should be vibrant and ethereal. Aquarius is angelic. Try bright colors that others wouldn't dare to use.

Here are some ideas to make your air element come through:

  • Swap black or brown mascara for violet or pink mascara.
  • Get a manicure and have your nails painted in every shade of the rainbow.
  • Use different eyeshadow colors for each eye.
  • Use a lipstick color that's a little different from the norm.
  • Add glitter to your blush.
You don't have to have rainbow hair to communicate that you're an Aquarius. You want hair that shines and has volume. Enhance your hair color and enhance your shape.

You don't have to have rainbow hair to communicate that you're an Aquarius. You want hair that shines and has volume. Enhance your hair color and enhance your shape.

Hair

When it comes to Aquarius, you want your hair to have volume and color. You want your hair to stand out and make a statement. Your hair should be attractive and should be compatible with the shape of your face.

Don't let your hair go greasy, flat, or dry—give your hair life. You don't want to look like you're in the middle of finals week and haven't showered or slept for days.

Aquarius can rely on their natural hair color or hair dye. This is the kind of sign to switch up their hair color often: teal, gold, silver, hot pink, lavender. Aquarius will also work with a stylist to enhance their natural colors.

Invest in a nice hairbrush and maybe some curlers, a curling iron, and a straightener. Aquarius feels more confident with stunning locks.

Aquarius has an eye for charming and unique pieces that create a mood of equanimity. Aquarius has fashion taste on another level.

Aquarius has an eye for charming and unique pieces that create a mood of equanimity. Aquarius has fashion taste on another level.

Accessories

Aquarius should have an array of jewelry in different types, colors, and price points. It's fun to wear a ring with the head of a raccoon. It's fun to wear a butterfly necklace with diamonds.

The air sign wants variety in their wardrobe, so don't buy the same type of jewelry over and over again. I do recommend relying more on gold than silver. Rose gold is perfect for Aquarius. Shape-wise, go for triangles, rectangles, squares, marquises, and princess cuts.

Aquarius should have an assortment of accessories in their closet. They're ready for just about any occasion.

I would expect to find the following in an Aquarius's closet:

  • Angel wings
  • Cat ears
  • Tiaras
  • Cloaks
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Belts
  • Scarves
  • Suspenders
  • Bowties
A little bit of flirtatious future feel can amplify your Aquarius look.

A little bit of flirtatious future feel can amplify your Aquarius look.

Clothing

Aquarius's wardrobe is enchanting—they have every color and pattern under the sun in their closet. Different fabrics are there to dazzle for different seasons. When it comes to this sign's fashion, you want to make sure there is variety.

Let there be thrills, and let the unpredictable reign. You want clothes for your run-of-the-mill routine days and for the days when you feel like you might be an alien from outer space.

Wear what makes you feel beautiful. There will be days this sign just wants to wear a t-shirt and jeans, and other days where they'll want to wear a dazzling dress that mimics a flamingo. Your wardrobe is one of the gateways to your creativity.

Shirts/Tops

My recommendation is to be careful about having duplicate items. Sometimes it's okay to have multiples of the same item in your closet because they make life easier, like a copy of the same white tank top. Aquarius thrives when they can look at their closet and debate between a shirt that has dots, asymmetrical straps, animal print, and ruffles.

I recommend organizing your closet by color. Put all your reds together and so on and so forth. You could sort your closet by season—have your red sweaters in one spot and your red t-shirts in another spot.

Aquarius likes to put focus on unexpected places. Their shirts are typically flattering, quirky, and sometimes funny. They're constantly reinventing the wheel, but sometimes reinventing the wheel is making things simple. Ultimately, every day is a different canvas, so do what you want with it.

Pants/Bottoms

Aquariuses are the kings and queens of ankles. My recommendation is to wear pants that show off your ankles. Skinny jeans and leggings can help accentuate your legs. Wear pants that make you feel confident, so if that's something with a couple of holes around the knees or velvet overalls—go for it.

Look around for different styles. Plaid could be the pattern that helps you to rock the boat. Aquarius should have colorful jeans, not just typical blue ones. Look for jeans that have funky features.

Dresses/Skirts

Wear flowy dresses that have fun prints on them. Ms. Frizzle is your spirit guide when it comes to selecting dresses and skirts. Wear dresses that have a nice hourglass shape to them.

Aquarius can rock more challenging pieces that have absurd straps, asymmetry, unusual zippers, and ribbons. This sign wants to look like royalty and then other days like a celestial being.

Avoid dresses that look too conservative or plain as bland or neutral colors aren't your thing. Frameless clothing is also a big no.

Break the rules. Wear a pair of shoes that transforms you into a goddess. Put on blue nail polish for kicks and grins.

Break the rules. Wear a pair of shoes that transforms you into a goddess. Put on blue nail polish for kicks and grins.

Shoes

Aquarius needs a showstopper shoe collection. You want people's eyes to drop to the floor. The air sign commands attention with their ankles, so put on your flashiest kicks.

Your shoes should look legendary. People aren't sure where you bought them. Don't buy shoes that look cheap or cheesy, like crocs. Wear shoes with bright colors and bold shapes. Sneakers should look vibrant, so skip the plain and bland. Neon shoelaces, ballet flats in floral print, gold high heels, and purple ankle boots. You need to show off color and variety, so whatever is standard . . . flip it on its head.

Your shoes have intricate straps, glitter, and buttons. Your shoes could look like broken teacups put together, rainbows with changing colors, or disco balls. Your shoes look amazing, and I would recommend pedicures.

When it comes to sneakers, pick ones that catch your attention. For example, a pair of running shoes that are a swirl of teal, purple, and pink are perfect for Aquarius.

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