Want to look divine? How to dress like a Greek god or goddess

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The first time I saw The Rock I thought – this guy was made to play Hercules. And I was right! Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, is out July 25 and judging by the trailer it looks to be an ass-kicking good time:

 

I’m hoping the movie will help usher in a new ancient-Greece trend – nothing screams summer like a maxi-style toga or a twisting snake bracelet. So in the spirit of Greek myths, here are five modern looks inspired by your favorite goddesses (and Hercules himself!):

 

Aphrodite

Aphrodite

Obviously the goddess of love and beauty has to wear pink. And one of her symbols is the scallop shell, represented in this blush-colored purse from ASOS. Also, how pretty is this unusual gold hair comb? Perfect for a goddess whose sacred animal is the dove.

 

Hera

Hera

Zeus’s wife is also the goddess of marriage, women and childbirth. She’s often depicted carrying a lotus flower, like in this delicate gold necklace. Hera is seen as a more mature goddess, reflected in the classic silhouette of this dress. And the blue color is a perfect match, as one of her sacred animals is the peacock.

 

Athena

Athena

Athena is the goddess of intelligence and skill, so she had to wear what I like to call “librarian chic.” From the Peter Pan collar to the Oxford shoes, she looks stylish, smart and sophisticated. Plus her sacred animal is the owl, shown in this understated gold bracelet.

 

Artemis

Artemis

The goddess of the hunt and wilderness would have to wear something comfortable, preferably in earth-tones. And this subtle antler necklace seems perfect for Artemis, who is often shown standing near some wild animal.

 

Hercules

Hercules

He might not be a god himself, but Hercules certainly is the man of the hour. I imagine a modern version would wear simple but functional clothing, like this white tee and these khaki cargo pants. Plus he’d certainly need some good boots and a bag to carry all of his supplies – completing 12 labors empty handed is not an easy task, after all.

Want to devour more Greek-related stuff before the movie comes out? Try Meg Cabot’s Abandon trilogy, a modern young adult retelling of the Persephone myth. And don’t forget to go see Hercules on July 25. Greek myths and a shirtless Dwayne Johnson? That’s what we call a win-win.

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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