Dopamine Dressing: "The practice of wearing bright colors in an extroverted style in order to lift one's spirit."
The concept is pretty simple: choose colorful and fun clothes in the morning, don't skimp on extravagance and enjoy the triggering of those happy chemicals in your brain.
We have nothing to lose by trying, especially in winter when our mood is dampened by cold weather and dark skies.
Let's add some color to our lives!
Read on for more about Dopamine Dressing as well as some inspiration from fashionistas around the world.
Changing your mood with color
You're probably wondering how mood and fashion could be linked? The answer is in one word: COLORS.
But how can bright colors in our wardrobe actually lift our mood?
Colors can have a profound effect on our psychology. Indeed, the psychology of color demonstrates that colors evoke real emotional, behavioral and physical responses. Carolyn Mair, a psychologist who has developed a course in fashion psychology at the London College of Fashion, claims that wearing bright, happy clothes has a significant effect on our mood.
However, our own perception of the colors you wear also plays an important role in how they may affect us. If you believe that wearing a certain color lifts your mood, the effects will be increased because it affects your cognitive processes (including your emotions).
What do the colors you wear say about you?
Colors you wear impact peoples’ perception of you (naturally); however the impact and meaning of colors varies by culture. Our subconscious attaches different values to certain colors because of their culturally assigned meanings.
The meaning of colors in Western societies:
Red: Determination, desire, passion, courage
Pink: Femininity, love, care
Orange: Creativity, cheerfulness, enthusiasm
Yellow: Attention-grabbing, happiness, liveliness
Green: Calmness, naturalness, reliability
Blue: Peace, professionalism, loyalty
Purple: Power, mystery, nobility
Black: Elegance, sophistication, strength
Learn more about the meaning of colors around the world.