Have you heard of dopamine dressing? Well, this is the art of dressing to boost your positivity and overall mood. From injecting a splash of colour into your wardrobe to brighten up your day, to buying t-shirts with positive slogans on intended to make you and people around you smile. But, does it really work?
The Power of Colour
There’s a lot of psychology reasoning behind the colour of clothing. Studies have shown that different coloured objects and clothing can have different effects on individuals. People will view you differently depending on the colour you wear too:
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.
Does this impact sports performance? 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.
Colour has the influence to impact our moods and actions in a positive and negative way. So, what about when it comes to dressing for your own happiness?
A Happier Lifestyle
Colour can have a different meaning depending on cultural preferences too. 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.
Many people associate the colour yellow with sunshine for instance, making them feel bright and happy – this will likely reflect on you personally too. 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 make you feel much happier each day. 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.
Dressing Confidently with Your Body Shape
If you dress with your body shape in mind and highlight your best features to make you feel comfortable, this will most certainly boost your confidence – so pick your favourite sequin dresses from your wardrobe. Here are some tips for perfectly dressing your body shape:
Pear-shaped – if you have a pear-shaped frame, you carry weight mostly in the lower areas of your body. You can elongate your legs with a straight or bootcut jeans. Avoid high-waisted trousers though, as these can make you look shorter.
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.
The things you wear does have an impact on your mood. 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!