THIS POST FIRST APPEARED AS A PART OF TWELVE FACES OF STYLE, A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT WITH SACRED STYLIST JACQUELYN TIERNEY, THAT EXAMINED STYLE THROUGH THE LENS OF ASTROLOGY.
In this series, we’ve chosen twelve style muses - one for each ascendant - to help you discover how the twelve faces tell their unique style stories. Your ascendant (or, the constellation that was on the horizon at the time you were born) is just as important, if not more, than your sun. Also called your rising sign, it tells us how you present yourself to the world. When you dress like your rising sign, you look comfortable, confident, and sexy.
Even if you don’t have the featured ascendant, if your sun or Venus is in that sign, you’ll also want to take note. Don’t have any of that sign in your chart? This will help you spot those star sign types when you’re out and about. Your friends will think it’s magic!
No one embodies the perpetually ebullient spirit of Gemini rising quite like Amy Winehouse. The late songstress's singular aesthetic, both in her music and her wardrobe, have inspired countless imitators, but none hold a candle to her unique blend of unflappable innocence and raw candor - both characteristic of her ascendant.
Read on to see why we think she's the patron saint of Gemini style.
Gemini rising is the sign most likely to hoard a secret (or not-so-secret) stash of shiny objects with which to adorn herself, and she doesn't limit her accessorizing to evening. Mid-day is a perfectly reasonable time for one possessed of a Gemini ascendant to rock a statement necklace - or in Amy's case, a set of leopard print earrings - with loungewear and unparalleled panache. They're also given to collections of kitsch, especially of a vintage or rockabilly ilk, and know how to wield pops of color or a killer print.
gamine - (noun) |gam·ine, ɡaˈmēn/| a girl with mischievous or boyish charm.
No matter what may be going on behind the scenes, a Gemini rising always projects as charming. She's not naive, but the trademark doe-eyes of this rising sign could fool an unsuspecting suitor into thinking otherwise. In short, she knows how to turn on the charm. A fresh face with feline eyeliner is the perfect complement to this vibe - a look that Amy made her signature style, and to great effect. Pair with houndstooth (see above), gingham, or other nostalgic indicators for best results.
ON THE EDGE
True to their dual nature, the Twins rising balance out their inner ingenue with a serious DGAF attitude. Gemini rules communication, and nothing is more important to the Gemini ascendant than telling their truth. Most do so with a rock and roll flare, so tattoos, leather, and other punk-inspired accents are a plus. Still, their rock star tendencies can manifest for better or for worse. Geminis have a tendency to live in their mind and ignore the needs of their bodies, so make sure to give yourself proper nutrition, hydration, and self-care.
You're a beautiful soul, gone too soon. We love you, Amy.