As you all know I [Kara, Founder of My Mindful Year] am a colour lover as it impacts how I feel. I’m not one for planning an outfit as I always dress to my mood, how I’m feeling, if I need a pick me up or some confidence etc.
I wanted to introduce to you the amazing Caitlin Marwaha, a Fashion Stylist who is sharing with us all how to dress to boost your mood. We met a few years ago through work and I love following Caitlin’s tips and fashion hacks for any budget and body shape. So, how do you boost your mood with what you wear? Keep reading…..
Can You Boost Your Mood with What You Wear?
Almost every day of this Global Pandemic I have been getting up and getting dressed with the sole intention of lifting my mood. Dressing myself happy, if you will. But does it actually work? Is it only about ‘Dopamine Dressing’ or is there more to it? Below I share my 5 tips for Positive Dressing.
There is no denying that some colours just make you happy, and this is why the idea of ‘Dopamine Dressing’ definitely holds water. In its simplest definition, Dopamine Dressing is “The practice of wearing bright colours in an extroverted style in order to lift one’s spirit.” The concept is pretty simple: choose colourful and fun clothes in the morning, don’t skimp on extravagance and enjoy the triggering of those happy chemicals in your brain. Now when most people think this, they immediately assume the colours need to be bright yellow, rainbows or fire truck red but in fact it’s more about how you feel in a specific colour rather than just finding the brightest items in your closet.
Go through your wardrobe and see if you can identify the colours that you feel great in, (often these are the pieces that you get the most compliments on too) and on days when you feel you need a little extra pep, choose these items. I always feel great in pink.
2: Body Shape
Build your outfit around your shape — this helps keep you comfortable and plays to your best features, which will both help to improve your mood. If you aren’t confident with how to best dress your body shape, focus on highlighting your favourite features as opposed to worrying about parts you want to hide. Often, we can get into a negative space as soon as we think about what to wear when we come from a place of hiding flaws. It is much more uplifting to focus on the features that we love about ourself and choosing outfits around highlighting them. It’s what I call body love, and it’s about actively embracing the best parts of ourselves.
3: Personal Style
At the end of the day wearing what makes you feel like the best version of yourself is what ends up looking the best on you, no matter the cut or colour. Intentionally choosing outfits that bring joy and are an accurate representation of who you are can truly brighten little bits of the darkness. When you feel like the best version of yourself, you will be comfortable and confident and it will shine through. At the heart of Personal Style is creativity and confidence and I continue to see, first-hand how style and creative dressing can be powerful tools for improving self-image, self-confidence and a positive mindset. If you really want to increase your mood through your clothing choices, lean into the pieces that reflect who you truly are.
4: Project what you want to see
Hey, sometimes we’ve got to fake it till we make it and often something as literal as a happy slogan or a smiley face on a T-Shirt can help lift our spirits. Wearing something outwardly happy can have a similar flow on effect to colour. When you choose something bold, playful or colourful, not only will it brighten your day but it will also bring a smile to those around you. This smile will be reflected back to you and those good vibes just keep flowing. If an actual smiley face (think Justine Bieber’s clothing line ‘Drew’) is a little too literal for you, try choosing things that make you smile for other reasons. It could be a little cheeky, it could be an item with sentimental value or it could be a piece of your partner’s clothing that you’ve nabbed from their closet. There are no rules but choose what feels good to you and get dressed with that sole intention.
5: Start from the outside in
When we are dressed well and look good, we automatically feel better. When we feel good on the outside, we are more likely to feel good on the inside, which boosts our attitude and self-confidence, and supplies us with more energy to treat ourselves and others around us better. Clothing is far from a superficial past time. Think of getting dressed as self-care. Take the time to choose an outfit with the sole intention of setting yourself up for a great day. It may sound indulgent or luxurious but that is exactly what you are worth and the flow on effect of you taking that time for yourself will be well worth the effort.