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TEAM ZOELLA MARCH 20, 2022

Dopamine Dressing and How To Style Yourself Happy

Dopamine dressing is all about injecting joy into your wardrobe in the form of bold colours, out-there prints and clashing items to create an outfit that screams smiley face emojis all day long.

In need of some feel-good in your life? Turns out you need not to look much further than your wardrobe. Introducing: Dopamine Dressing. One of the biggest trends to emerge from the pandemic when good vibes were seriously lacklustre, dopamine dressing is all about injecting joy into your wardrobe in the form of bold colours, out-there prints and clashing items to create an outfit that screams smiley face emojis all day long. With a particular emphasis on Bottega green, candy floss pink and lavender lilac, there’s no way you’ll be lost in a crowd when partaking in this trend!

For some context, Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter created in the brain, and in its simplest form is associated with all things feel-good. Tanya J. Peterson, NCC, DAIS, mental health educator says “It’s part of our reward center, and when our brain produces dopamine in response to what we do, we feel good and want to do more of whatever it is that’s making us feel so mentally healthy. That, in turn, leads to even more dopamine production.” Sign us up!

The colours we surround ourselves with can have a direct impact on our moods, but mostly so when we wear something that has symbolic meaning to us.

Psychologist and Reiki master Ellen Albertson, points out that in the context of Reiki, each colour has a different energetic vibration and is associated with a certain energy centre in the body, or chakra. For example, yellow is often see to boost energy and be associated with optimism and positivity (think Emma Stone in La La Land), orange with enthusiasm, success and self expression, and indigo with intuition. The colours we surround ourselves with can have a direct impact on our moods, but mostly so when we wear something that has symbolic meaning to us. Colours are culturally subjective, and the real dopamine dressing could simply be leaning in to outfits that make you feel truly ‘you’- yes please!

Keep scrolling for the ultimate colourful, bold and beautiful pieces available on the high-street right now, and get ready to smile!

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