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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.
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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.
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Yessss! I have been playing with color in my wardrobe lately and it is SO MUCH FUN, and very enlightening!! Great post! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
Love all these suggestions for dressing yourself happy! I always love to add a pop of color. Love all your looks!
Thank you nvery much Kathrine!
These are some great tips, Nancy, although I am already practising a lot of the things you are preaching here 🙂 And yes, first and foremost you have to be true to yourself and dress for yourself. Not anyone else or because fashion trends dictate! Oh, and I even dress up when I’ve got no reason to leave the house. I wouldn’t feel me otherwise! xxx
Indeed! I love to dress up even when it is only for me!
I always dress for me!! Well, sometimes, I let Nigel have a say! Thanks for all of the tips!
Haha, when I do let Gerben choose I look like a fool!
Great post Nancy, I’m a big fan of dopamine dressing and colour. Thanks for linking
Yes you are! Thanks Gail.
We deserve to feel good in our clothes. Thanks for sharing these tips! All your outfits are fab!
Thank you very much!
Cool post. I love all the hues they are so vivid. This was a great read.
Thank you very much!
I’m all about dopamine dressing, as you know, Nancy! Some good reminders here!
Great post, Nancy! I think for me, color is the number consideration. And like you, my mood affects my choices. Usually. It comes down to energy levels. When my energy level is low, I was to wear calm colors, like blue. Brights come into play when my energy level is good.
Oh I can imagine that yes. What colour can do for our mood is interesting!
This is good. I do not have a big wardrobe of clothes and tend to buy after a lot of consideration. I like clothes that reflect and speak to me. Classic clothes that are arty would describe them. My favourite clothes I have for 10years plus
That’s a good thing! That means you bought them not impulsive!