I think we can all agree that we feel the way we dress. Take it from a diva, dressing in nicer clothes most definitely lifts spirits. It may take that extra ounce of effort but the rewards are more than worthwhile. Not only do you intrinsically feel better, but the compliments from your family, friends, and followers are greatly valuable. Here are a couple of ways in which you can change your wardrobe to lift your mood:
1. Dress to impress yourself
Trying to impress other people can only get you so far in life. Eventually, you need to be happy and comfortable in what you’re wearing. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but as long as you are confident, that’s the first step to building your inner smile.
2. A special piece of jewellery
Wearing something with a slightly hefty price tag, for some reason, relates to feeling good (c.f. our terribly consumerist culture). But beyond that, something priceless goes a long way. Wearing a piece of jewellery gifted to you by someone who holds you dear is a heart-warming feeling.
3. Stick to your comfort zone
It is absolutely okay to wear clothes that you’re comfortable. Yes, you should take a risk here and there but nothing that makes you feel as though you’re losing your very essence. Pair that loose shirt with those favourite leggings. The last thing you want to do when you’re not feeling 100% is to bother with questioning whether or not you’re pulling off an outfit.
4. Add a dash of colour
Now, I’m no clairvoyant, but did you know that wearing certain colours can actually have significant effects on your mood? Warm, bright colours, such as red and pink release dopamine – the ‘feel good’ hormone. Cool blues, on the other hand, have been linked to the release of oxytocins, making you feel calm. But even otherwise, moving from dull greys and blacks to more chromatic attire can be a way in which you can express yourself. Be creative!
5. Flaunt your assets
You know you’ve got it. I know you’ve got it. So why waste it? This is a win-win situation! Wearing something that flaunts your best features not only increases your self-esteem but you’re more than likely to draw compliments, looks, or even perhaps a mention on ANU crushes, any of which will help boost you even more.