Looking back in history, there have been numerous women who have influenced our fashion sense and beauty routines, making us wish that we had the style and the poise of these icons. From high profile queens to Hollywood movie actresses, both their beauty and accomplishments have stood the test of time, but the one that we’ll be taking a closer look at is the lovely Cleopatra.
The ruler of the Ancient Egyptians is best known for her graphic lines of kohl, but she isn’t only celebrated for arguably starting the cat eye makeup trend. A figure for beauty and fashion as well as a popular theme for games and television shows, Cleopatra still inspires us in many areas of life, even to this day. Beauty addicts know her for her beauty secrets that utilize natural ingredients, but fashionistas will always admire her for her style, which transcends the ages.
The greatest part of Cleopatra’s style is its accessibility, and that with some simple adjustments to our daily uniform; we could feel like royalty, too. Taking some inspiration from the queen herself, here are a few fashion tips that you can easily incorporate into your own personal style:
Back in the day, Cleopatra often referred to herself as the reincarnation of Isis, wearing similar colours that were associated with the goddess of fertility. Red, yellow and white were part of the queen’s wardrobe, hues that already exist in many of our closets, as white dresses are considered to be clothing staples. Red and yellow may be too bright for some people, so if you’re intimidated by garments in these specific colours, try them on in accents, like in shoes, belts and such.
Cleopatra was never one to shy away from big necklaces and headdresses. Although these days it is considered over-the-top to pair the statement pieces together, try experimenting with one statement piece and matching it with subtle jewellery. The singular statement piece can also work on its own.
Mix and Match
Cleopatra was a woman of originality, incorporating elements from seductive Egyptian fashion into modest Greek wear to set herself apart from both groups. Today, designers often mix cultures through their clothing ranges, which is what we also do when putting together an outfit in the morning. She was brave in breaking fashion traditions, and the truth is, we can all learn a lesson or two from the Queen of the Nile and do more unconventional mixing and matching, like she did.