We all have those go to clothes when we need a uplift. The comfy outfit. The jumper that you snuggle up in to cheer yourself up after a long day at work. The slogan tee that you wear on a specific kind of day. Well, there could be a whole trend (and a whole science) behind ‘dopamine dressing’. With brightly coloured shirts and inspiring slogans, could your outfit cheer you and those around you up?
I decided to take a look at this new trend.
Cheer up with colours
Variables that affect psychology are powerful aspects to consider, and colour psychology is no different. Studies have shown that different coloured objects and clothing can have different effects on individuals.
For example, one study saw students assigned a coloured participant number, in green, red, 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.
In the same way, the colour you wear is perceived by viewers around you differently:
* 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.
How about with 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.
Different hues can indeed change our moods. So, what about when it comes to dressing for your own happiness?
Making you happy
Most of it is down to what you associate with happiness. 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.
Think of it this way: if you personally associate orange with feeling happy, then seeing orange dresses will likely make you feel that way! 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.
Take a look at power-dressing too. Some women feel more confident in trouser suits or skirt and jacket combos when surrounded by male colleagues who are wearing a similar outfit consisting of shirts and blazers for men.
Find your confident outfit and you’ll no doubt feel like you can take on the world!
An outfit to suit your shape
Dressing for your shape can not only keep you comfortable, but it can also boost your confidence! 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 jean. 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.
It’s clear then that you can boost your mood with colours and with the cut of your clothes. 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!