There are as many different reasons to put outfits together as there are people in the world, but people tend to wear what makes them feel happy. It turns out there’s actually a name for it.
According to Vogue, “dopamine dressing” is a thing, and it’s all about bright colors and fun accessories. Coming off a year of lockdown, people are switching up their styles and getting a little more creative with their looks.
Pandemic life took fashion in a whole new direction. The world went from workwear and pants with zippers to at-home tie-dye and monochromatic sweatsuits.
Apparently, it made people happier, too. Vogue calls it “dopamine dressing,” which refers to the drug that mediates pleasure in the brain (via News Medical).
Basically, it’s a quirky way to say dressing for fun instead of for a typical purpose. People are starting to wear a bit more over-the-top colors, styles, and accessories to make themselves feel good, according to the publication.
Considering that this trend means that you can create the rules, this could be the most impactful fashion trend yet. Say goodbye to the days of feeling pressure to dress and certain way, and say hello to more happiness in your wardrobe.
‘Dopamine Dressing’ Is About Wearing What Makes You Happy
While bright colors, prints, and accessories are typically a summer trend, the colors are here to stay. While the pandemic itself did not bring much joy, Professor Carolyn Mair PhD and author of “The Psychology of Fashion” tells Vogue that post-lockdown life is becoming a bit more bright. “Now we have this freedom they are saying, I’m going to dress outrageous. I’m going to wear stuff that shows,” she tells Vogue. “I’m going to be out there and really be seen.”
This fashion mindset is leading to the term “dopamine dressing”. Basically, that’s a fancy way of saying wearing brighter colors that actually spark joy in your day to day life. The best part is that, unlike other fashion trends, there’s no way to mess this one up.
Simply wear the colors and styles that make you happy and you’re doing it right.
There are tons of different colors that spark joy in different people. For example, cool and warm colors emote different feelings. “There are some interpretations of colours that are universal,” fashion psychologist Shakaila Forbes-Bell tells Harper’s Bazaar. “Cold colours like blue induce feelings of calmness and creativity, while warm colours like red can cause feelings of excitement and arousal, but happiness is too subjective an experience to be pinned down to one colour.”
There’s No Wrong Way To Pull Off The ‘Dopamine Dressing’ Fashion Trend.