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How to Dress Like the Astrological Sign Cancer

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

Cancer does well in clothes that are spacious and in hues of silver, blue, and green. The water sign's clothes should look like they were given to you by a moon goddess or mermaids.

Cancer does well in clothes that are spacious and in hues of silver, blue, and green. The water sign's clothes should look like they were given to you by a moon goddess or mermaids.

What to Wear

Cancer embraces romantic pieces that are flirtatious and otherworldly. You want to wear clothes reminiscent of the moon, ocean, and crustaceans. Cancer is considered the mother of the zodiac, so you may want to opt for more feminine pieces or items that are floaty and made of gentle fabrics.

Don't wear something that's really complicated, skimpy, or flashy. Only wear one bold color at a time and make sure the rest of your palette is subdued.

Cancer is the first water sign and the first summer sign. Water signs are more associated with yin than yang, but summer is more associated with yang. This means you can play with a variety of patterns and colors as long as they seem to blend together and appear balanced. Where Gemini can play with clashing colors, Cancer should work to look cohesive.

Cancer outfits should look:

  • Smooth, thoughtful, and not ostentatious.
  • Subtle color-wise, but one bold color is okay.
  • Either casual and approachable or flirtatious and otherworldly.
Cancer's power color is silver. A green seafoam shade also gives off Cancer vibes, especially when the color is worn as a silk dress.

Cancer's power color is silver. A green seafoam shade also gives off Cancer vibes, especially when the color is worn as a silk dress.

Colors

Cancer's power color is silver, which is reminiscent of the Moon. Blue, white, and sea green are popular colors for this sign, and ruby is their birthstone.

I think Cancer should play with a palette of colors in blues, greens, whites, grays, and reds. I think these colors help portray the seaside, and red has a certain flirtatious pop to it that adds a summer edge. Cancer is moody, so adding red to the color palette also shows that. I like the contrast of blue and red for Cancer—think red crabs wandering around on the beach.

A Cancer should leave black to Scorpio because it's a mysterious and passionate color. Cancer is mysterious too, but more like the phases of the Moon and the changing of tides. Cancer wants to bring people into the light. The sign revolves around birth, not death.

In general, the elements wear colors as follows:

  • Fire signs: red, orange, yellow, white
  • Earth signs: green, brown
  • Air signs: yellow, pink, blue, purple
  • Water signs: blue, gray
Cancer should wear earrings that are dangly and silver. You want your jewelry to look fit for a mermaid queen.

Cancer should wear earrings that are dangly and silver. You want your jewelry to look fit for a mermaid queen.

Add Nautical Touches

Look for clothes and accessories that celebrate and incorporate seaside themes. Ideas include mermaids, seashells, anchors, coral, ships, pearls, jellyfish, and lobsters.

Cancer can look to beaches, lakes, and rivers for inspiration. I normally think of the ocean for Cancer because of the tides and their connection to the Moon.

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Here are a few ideas for adding a nautical theme to your outfit:

  • Wear dangly earrings fit for a mermaid
  • Look for shirts with patterns of crustaceans
  • Sparkly jewelry is a plus, especially pearls and rubies
  • Go for a beach look: sandals, sunglasses, hats, beach wraps
  • Fishnet leggings/pantyhose
  • Shimmering clothes in faded colors
  • Sailor dresses
  • Boat shoes
Cancer wears lots of silver and jewelry shaped like the moon. Pearls are an excellent choice for the water sign.

Cancer wears lots of silver and jewelry shaped like the moon. Pearls are an excellent choice for the water sign.

Focus on Your Hands

Cancer rules the hands, so you want to bring attention to your lovely phalanges. Wear rings and bracelets, especially in silver. A band of pearls is also appropriate for Cancer fashion.

Trim your nails regularly, and if you're into nail polish, add some color to your nails. Clear nail polish is perfectly fine. I think Cancer looks best with solid colors on their nails rather than designs.

Every once in a while, get a hand massage or manicure to improve the way your hands look and also to get some of that fancy lotion worked into your skin.

Wear gloves when the occasion calls for it. Cancer needs lovely gloves and mittens in winter. If you're going to a formal event and wearing a dress or suit, you might want to complement it with stylish gloves.

For men, a nice light blue button-up shirt, solid colors, and a silver buckle can give off a Cancer vibe.

For men, a nice light blue button-up shirt, solid colors, and a silver buckle can give off a Cancer vibe.

What to Wear

DoDon't

Colors

Silver, gray, white, sea foam green, blue, red

Black and brown

Jewelry

Rubies, emeralds, pearls, moonstone, silver

Gold, it's more like the sun than the moon. Amethyst and obsidian are too dark

Shirts/Tops

Shirts that are roomy, floaty blouses, cute shirts with pockets and ruffles, horizontal stripes, polka dots, nautical themes, moon images

Shirts that are too tight or short, leather, vertical stripes, clashy materials, over the top patterns, images of the sun, rainbow images

Pants/Bottoms

Standard blue jeans, pants in solid colors, pants in comfortable material, leggings in solid colors or oceanic themes

Leather, velvet, anything edgy and intimidating, clashy patterns or overwhelming designs

Dresses/skirts

Floaty, spacious, solid colors, ruffles, charming and simple patterns, dresses that tie in the back, a little fantasy to them

Black dresses, outrageous patterns, too short, scandalous features

Shoes

Shoes perfect for the beach and for a mermaid. Pretty shoes in solid colors. Sandals, shiny heels, colorful ballet flats, stylish sneakers

Leather, reptile skin, flashy things fire or air signs would wear, hot pink shoes

For the Cancer makeup look, use white or silver eyeshadow. Make your eyelashes big and fluffy, use mascara or fake eyelashes. Dangly silver earrings are a plus. A subdued lipstick shade will work in your favor.

For the Cancer makeup look, use white or silver eyeshadow. Make your eyelashes big and fluffy, use mascara or fake eyelashes. Dangly silver earrings are a plus. A subdued lipstick shade will work in your favor.

Makeup

For Cancer, I would recommend focusing on eyeshadow, especially in silver, gray, and white. You may want some eyeshadow that sparkles or has glitter. You want to look like a mysterious character, and these shades often bring attention to your natural eye color. You can get away with white or silver eyeliner. Blue is another excellent shade, especially if you have blue or green eyes.

You want big, long, and fluffy eyelashes. Use mascara regularly and use fake eyelashes for special occasions. You want your eyes to look dramatic and to be the center of attention when it comes to your face. Consider your eyes as the moons of your face. You want to amplify their roundness in addition to other round features of your face.

For your lips, wear lighter shades of pink or something nude. To get the right Cancer look, you want to blend together a natural look with something mermaid-like. Red lips can work in your favor, just be careful that you don't look fierce or like a vampire because you're not going for an Aries or Scorpio look.

A light pink blush will do the trick. You could also take a light pink lipstick and dot it around your cheekbones and then smear it to get a nice pinkish hue.

Your makeup should be graceful with just a hint of flirtation and coyness. Don't go berserk with colors, but a shimmer or glow to your face is attractive.

Leaving your hair gray and wavy is a very Cancer thing to do. For younger people, this hairstyle can look radical.

Leaving your hair gray and wavy is a very Cancer thing to do. For younger people, this hairstyle can look radical.

Hair

Since silver is your power color, I would encourage you to embrace your gray or white hairs. Cancer could dye all of their hair gray, especially if you're young. This could make for a mermaid-like look. Pink and light purple could also do the trick.

Leave your hair long and wavy. You want to look like you've been swimming. Fishnet braids make sense if you have long hair. Hide things in your hair like pearls and jewels. Wear hairpins that have a shimmer to them.

Since Cancer is considered feminine, I would suggest trying to get some curves to your hair as well as height and volume. Short hair that's slightly asymmetrical and shaped like a crescent Moon is also on fleek.

Cancer needs to look comfortable. It's okay to go for a simple outfit with jeans, a gray t-shirt, and white shoes. Add accessories to your hands whether bracelets or silver rings.

Cancer needs to look comfortable. It's okay to go for a simple outfit with jeans, a gray t-shirt, and white shoes. Add accessories to your hands whether bracelets or silver rings.

Clothes

The first water sign of the zodiac adds new revelations into the cycle. Cancer is dreamy, creative, lovely, and friendly. They're known for their mood shifts, they change their minds to fit in with others, and they're masters at setting the right vibe.

I would encourage those of you who want to dress like a Cancer to wear layers, put on items that are a little asymmetrical, and things you can adjust to create new looks. Their clothes should be malleable to match their changing moods.

Shirts/Tops

Cancer should wear tops that are spacious rather than tight. Your clothing should be made of gentle materials like cotton, silk, satin, and chiffon. A little bit of shine or shimmer to your clothes is a plus.

I like patterns for Cancer that are simplistic and not jarring. Patterns that fit Cancer are polka dots, horizontal stripes, crustaceans, anything to do with the beach, and anything to do with the Moon.

Your shirts should have cute touches to them like pockets, ruffles, bows, buttons, pearls, zippers, and lace. The shirts shouldn't be over the top, flashy, or overly colorful. Sometimes it might be best to go with a solid color.

Avoid tops that overemphasize your midriff or your chest. Cancer's outfit should draw attention to their hands and arms.

Pants/Bottoms

Cancer needs a stack of normal everyday blue jeans. It's a good idea to get some jeans in different colors, like gray and red. Your pants will act as the base of your outfit.

Don't get pants in stuffy materials like velvet. Leather is too bold for you, and you'll hate how it sticks to things. Wear pants that are comfortable and not too tight. Skip jeggings, be cautious of skinny jeans, and look for cutesy features.

Dresses/Skirts

You want your dresses and skirts to be flowy, and you don't want to wear skin-tight anything. Ruffles and similar designs are a plus. I would encourage wearing dresses and skirts that go just above the knee or just below it. Short and skimpy isn't really Cancer's thing. You're supposed to look dreamy, like a water sprite living amongst humans.

Try to find dresses that have patterns or themes based on the ocean, moon, and summer. Sailor dresses are quintessentially Cancer-like.

Instead of plain white sneakers, take things up a notch with shoes in a silver or gray shade.

Instead of plain white sneakers, take things up a notch with shoes in a silver or gray shade.

Shoes

Cancer's footwear should look dreamy and creative. Their shoes should look like they've escaped a misty realm ruled by mermaids, fairies, and howling wolves. Opt for colors that are reminiscent of the Moon. Cancer doesn't go for the saturated colors air and fire signs adore. Cancer likes shoes in colors that look like the beginning of a dream, something faded, and something pure.

Some of my top recommendations are silver sandals, rounded shoes with pearl straps, shiny heels, gray or blue sneakers, and open-toed garments.

Would a Greek mythological statue wear your shoes? Then you're definitely on the right track. Your shoes are more flirtatious and charming than sexy and dangerous. Cancer is an alluring sign that often wears her heart on her sleeve. Avoid things like dragons, skulls, swords, fire, and anything menacing.

More Inspiration for Cancer Style

CategoriesExamples

Famous Cancers

Princess Diana, Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Linda Cardellini, Chris Pratt, Khloe Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Jaden Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Lee Min Ho, Ji Chang Wook, Kim Woo Bin.

Mythological Creatures

Mermaids, sirens, fairies, water sprites, moon gods and goddesses.

Animals

Crustaceans, hermit crabs, jellyfish, shrimp, turtles, sea wolves.

Nature

Early summer, rain, ocean waves, the moon, clouds, and beaches.

Birthstones

Ruby, pearl, moonstone, and emerald.

Zodiac Flower

White roses

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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