Dopamine Dressing: Styling With Colour

Dopamine Dressing: Styling With Colour

During the pandemic, when we all needed as much happiness as we could get, dopamine dressing soared in popularity—and never went away.

This joy-inducing colour trend harnesses the power of happiness through style. Offering a playful and much more inspiring alternative to the beige aesthetic made popular by Instagram influencers in recent years. We've gone from monotone sweater sets to playful statement pieces—and we're totally here for it.

We know how good colourful outfits and playful jewellery can make us feel. Turns out, there's actual scientific evidence to back it up! Keep reading to learn how dopamine dressing and feel-good jewellery can make you feel happier and more confident.


What is dopamine dressing?

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the part of our brain associated with pleasure, motivation, and reward. When we do something that stimulates the release of dopamine—like buying something new, wearing our favourite colour, or receiving a compliment—it triggers a sense of happiness and satisfaction.

Dopamine dressing encourages a no holds barred approach to style. It's all about wearing mood-boosting clothing that makes you feel as good as you look. By wearing bold colours and bright patterns, it triggers the release of dopamine that makes us feel good.

The benefit of dopamine dressing is it encourages mindful consumption, inspiring self-expression and creativity through personal style. When you wear something that makes you happy, it can be a form of self-care that helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Dopamine dressing can help you to feel more comfortable and confident, improving your overall well-being.



Dopamine Dressing: Styling With Colour

What is feel-good jewellery?

The joyful aesthetic of dopamine dressing has moved into the world of jewellery. After years of delicate minimal chains dominating the fashion industry, things are about to get a little more playful with feel-good jewellery.

Feel-good jewellery has the same concept of dopamine dressing. Wearing jewellery that means something to us can trigger a release of dopamine providing a boost of joy and positivity. It's like having a little piece of happy with you wherever you go, reminding you of all the good times and people in your life.

Studies have shown that wearing meaningful jewellery can actually have a positive impact on your mental health and overall well-being. Whether it's a colourful necklace with a unique charm or a ring that's been passed down from generation to generation, feel-good jewellery comes in all shapes and sizes.

Choosing to wear your favourite jewellery pieces is a powerful way to improve your mood, boost confidence, and increase your overall happiness.



Dopamine Dressing: Styling With Colour

How to Embrace Dopamine Dressing

Even if you're a big fan of minimal style (like we are!) and have a minimal capsule wardrobe, there are ways to incorporate dopamine dressing into your outfits—without replacing everything you own! These are our favourite ways to try out dopamine dressing and feel-good jewellery.


Wear colours you love

Dopamine dressing is all about dressing for joy. It's about wearing outfits that make you feel good and bring personality into your wardrobe. Bright colours and punchy hues are the most associated with dopamine dressing. But psychological connections to colour are totally subjective so figure out what colours your associate with confidence and joy—and wear them!


Experiment patterns and textures

If colour is too bold, try experimenting with patterns and textures instead. Incorporating unique patterns or textured fabrics into outfits has the same positive impact on mood and well-being as as dopamine dressing does. Wearing visually interesting prints and comfortable fabrics can boost self-confidence and improve your mood.


Choose meaningful jewellery

Bright colours have been shown to be naturally mood-boosting. But if you have a more subtle style, try adding colour into your outfits with statement jewellery instead. Unique enamel necklaces are a great way to add playful elements to an outfit without completely reinventing your wardrobe.



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Written by Sophie Davies

Sophie is a freelance writer and full-time jeweller. She has been writing about simple living and sustainability for over ten years; exploring simple living, sustainable style, and slow travel. She writes for a variety of brands and publications as well as her personal blog, A Considered Life.

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