How to Improve Your Mood and Behaviour with Your Outfit
‘Dopamine dressing’ is about putting on clothes that make you feel good. From injecting a splash of colour into your wardrobe to brighten up your day, to buying t-shirts featuring positive slogans, it makes sense that dopamine dressing is a real thing — but is it?
How does colour impact on our mood?
The shade you opt for can say a lot about your emotional state and even adjust it, according to some research. In one study, students were presented with a coloured participant number that was either red, green or black. Results showed that students who were given a red number scored a significant 20% lower than those who presented with a green or black number.
What do people who see the colour of clothes you’re wearing think about you as a person? Find out:
Even sports are affected by kits and equipment colour, apparently. 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.
If the above is to be believed, the shade we opt for on a morning can affect our day. So, what about when it comes to dressing for happiness?
How do you dress yourself happy?
Happiness is personal to both ourselves and our backgrounds. 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. If yellow means sunshine and beaches — and if these make you happy because they remind you of holidays — chances are, yellow is a colour you associate with high spirits.
What about how we behave in certain outfits? In one experiment, 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.
We’ve all heard of power dressing, but does it truly make us feel powerful? Perhaps. 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.
What makes you feel good? What outfit gets you prepared for a big meeting at work? Which shade do you feel you look best in? Whatever they are, wear them to instil a sense of positivity.
Wearing the best clothes for your body shape
From casual gear to evening dresses, wearing clothing that highlights your best features is a great way to feel good. Here are some tips for perfectly dressing your body shape:
- 🍎 Apple-shaped — this is where you carry weight around the middle. Bring focus to your legs with a straight-leg trouser and heels.
- 🍐 Pear-shaped — if you have a pear-shaped frame, you carry weight mostly in the lower area of your body. You can elongate your legs with a straight or bootcut jean. Avoid high-waisted trousers though, as these can make you look shorter.
- 💁🏻♀️ Petite — it can be hard to find clothes that don’t overpower you. High-waisted trousers and crop tops are good, as they can create the illusion that you’re taller.
- 🙆🏻♀️ Tall — go for a low-rise trouser with a skinny leg!
Evidently, our emotions are changed by the clothing we choose. 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!