If your clothes aren’t making you happy and comfortable in your own skin, you are doing this fashion thing all wrong. Believe it or not, what we wear and our emotions are connected. For example, I never choose at night my clothing for the next day. Does not work for me. It all depends on my mood. The trend of dopamine dressing refers to the art of dressing to improve your mood and happiness, whether through the colors, styles, or textures that are put on.
A lot of everyday destinations like work or the gym have been made virtual which means fewer opportunities to get out of the house and fewer opportunities to put some actual clothes on. Even though you may be spending more time in the house, putting some thought into the clothes you wear to work and outside of work can still have an impact on your mood. It’s all about choosing an outfit that you feel good in, rather than focusing on how others may perceive it.
Here are a few tips to start dressing your way to happiness.
1. Play With Color
Colors themselves can have a major impact on the way we feel. Putting on a color you love or adding it as an accessory has the potential to enhance your mood. For example, red gives power and passion while yellow gives energy and joy. Wearing bright-colored clothes like orange, yellow, and green on gloomy days can bring a brighter mood upon you. It can…..I am not of the bright colours, so it doesn’t work for me.
If you tend to stray away from colors because you don’t know how to piece them together or just don’t feel comfortable in them, try using the color wheel to find complementary colors or opt for a monochromatic look.
2. Mix Materials and Textures
You have the freedom when it comes to dressing the way you really want. Step out of your usual gear and try out different textures and materials.
According to psychologist Jennifer Pfeuffer, even the texture of your clothes can impact your mood and confidence. If you’re looking to experiment with some different materials, try pairing fabrics like denim, leather, suede, and cotton to create a multi-dimensional look. For example, pairing your favorite hoodie with a nylon vest paired with jeans is three different fabrics to try out for a funky look that could also impact your mood and boost your confidence.
3. Be True to You
This is a key fashion tip: just be you! Your personal style is about embodying yourself and dressing with intention. Think about what you’re staple pieces in your closet. You can always count on those pieces to improve your mood. Being true to you doesn’t mean taking away the thought of trying something new with your style. According to Psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, stepping outside of your comfort zone can trigger a dopamine release. Don’t be afraid to play around with different styles that embody who you are.
4. Wear Something Meaningful
Wearing symbolic items have the power to improve your confidence, mood, and self-esteem. For example, a simple shirt with a big smiley face on it may make one happier and more relaxed. The item you decide is something that reflects your values or clothing that reminds you of someone or something special.
Remember, dress for yourself in the first place!
Wearing something meaningful could also be wearing something that is eco-friendly. Knowing that you are helping the planet by wearing a shirt made of sustainable materials could be the boost you need for your happiness.
Feel confident every day with the clothes you put on, after all, dopamine dressing is all about dressing for you. For more fashion tips for dressing your way to happiness, check out the infographic below.