Positive dressing: can you boost your mood with clothes?

The best accessory you can wear is a smile — God, don’t you just hate that quote? Well apparently there’s actually some truth in it. Welcome to ‘dopamine dressing’, the newest fashion thought process that aims to improve your mood with the power of fashion. With just a smattering of colour and a few inspiring slogans, you can turn that frown upside-down…or so the theory goes. And you know, I kind of get where it’s coming from. Today I’m here with QUIZ, whose selection of going out dresses are sure to bring a smile to your face, to explore the theory of dressing for positivity.

The colour of a smile 

Colour can have a huge impact on our mood and feelings. Studies have shown that different coloured objects and clothing can have different effects on individuals. In all honesty, I actually did my dissertation on the psychology of colours and it’s actually true!

Colour of clothing also changes how people view the wearer:
Red — demonstrates power and a strong social status, as well as gives the wearer more confidence. It can indicate good health and financial stability, too.
White — perceived to be the least arrogant colour and gives the impression that the wearer is optimistic.
Black — gives the impression of self-assurance and intelligence.

And in sports? Researchers have discovered that red can lead people to act with greater speed and force. And, studies showed that sports teams dressed in mostly black kits, were more likely to receive penalties.
It’s clear then that colour choice can affect a wide array of feelings. So, what about when it comes to dressing for your own happiness?

What’s your favourite colour?

Colour connotation is primarily down to your own experiences. Take colour connotations and cultural differences, for example. Like the colour red? In China, this hue is a symbolism of good luck, yet in Africa it’s associated with death. Interestingly, in the African nation of Nigeria, it has connections with aggression and vitality.
So if yellow is linked to happy memories for you, it’ll make you feel happy to see it. This idea is supported by one experiment involving a coat. Here, participants were all handed the same white coat — the only difference was that some were told it was a painter’s coat, and others were told it was a doctor’s. When asked to complete tasks, results revealed that those who were told it was a doctor’s coat performed better. It’s likely that the connotations that they associated with a professional uniform were more positive and motivational than those associated with the painter’s coat.

Power dressing can also influence you mood. Some women feel more confident in trouser suits or skirt and jacket combos when surrounded by men who are donning a similar outfit in the form of a three-piece suit.
It’s all about what makes you feel happy and confident.

Shapes and sizes

Another way to feel happy in your outfit is to pick clothes that make you feel comfortable. Here are some tips for perfectly dressing your body shape:

Pear-shaped — if you have a pear-shaped frame like me, you carry weight mostly in the lower areas of your body. You can elongate your legs with a straight or bootcut jean. High-waisted trousers can make you look shorter, but it doesn’t stop me loving them!
Apple-shaped — this is where you carry weight around the middle. Bring focus to your legs with a straight-leg trouser and pair with heels.
Petite — it can be hard to find clothes that don’t overpower you if you’re petite. High-waisted trousers and crop tops are good if you’re this size, as they can create the illusion that you’re taller and show off your small physique!
Tall — if you want to extenuate your legs even further, you should go for a low-rise trouser with a skinny leg.

So I guess it is true that you wear can shape how you feel. Putting colours and shapes aside, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable in the clothes that you wear. This will ensure your confidence shines through — a guaranteed mood booster!

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