Some clothes just make you happy, don’t they? Whether you’ve got a go-to ‘happy’ shirt, or a pair of jeans you rely on to feel confident and get things done, we’ve all done a little ‘dopamine dressing’ without realising. But what if your outfit could make you and people around you smile more?
The fashion industry is all too aware of the power of colour psychology. Studies have shown that different coloured objects and clothing can have different effects on individuals. One study saw different coloured participant numbers given to students: red, black, and green. 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.
Much the same way, people view others wearing certain colours in a different way:
- 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 colour choice influence 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 choice can cause a positive or negative effect. So, what about when it comes to dressing for your own happiness?
Creating your own happiness
A lot of it boils down to what makes you happy. 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.
So, if you associate black with strength, then wearing a black going out dress will likely make you feel as such. 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 also be effective. 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. It’s all about what you feel confident in. For some, that’s a jeans and tee-shirt combo, and for others, blazers for men exude confidence and make them feel like they can take on the world!
Cuts that flatter your shape
If you look and feel great, that’s the holy grail of combinations for 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 not just the colour of what you wear, but the feeling of what you’re wearing that helps! 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!*DISCLAIMER: *This is a collaborative article and it might have some affiliate links.*
Does your clothes cheer you up? 🙂