On those gray and overcast Seattle days (which happen more often than I would like) I often grab the first thing that comes to mind. Neutrals. It is very common to dress the way we feel so colors like black or gray seem like natural choices. However, dressing in dark colors that reflect my exhausted mood often makes me feel more worn down. It’s a habit that I am trying to get out of. So the question I pose today is, “Will dressing in brighter colors change your mood?”
If you are knowledgeable about color psychology you may understand that each color represents a different tone and, therefore, portrays a different emotion. For example, yellow is joyful, red is energizing, and blue is calming. I’ve mentioned this briefly before in my post What to Wear When You Feel Down. I often incorporate my knowledge of how these colors are perceived into my wardrobe. I do this especially when meeting people for the first time because it is no mystery that making a good first impression has a lot to do with what you wear.
For this colorful outfit, I decided to perform a little experiment by choosing to wear something out of my comfort zone. Wearing a bold red is not generally something I gravitate towards. I would much rather wear it in a bold lip color because that is definitely my signature style. I received this beautiful skirt from Mindy Mae’s Market new spring collection and was immediately drawn to the intensity of the colors. My initial reaction was to tone down the colors by pairing it with lighter pastels or even white.
To test the color psychology theory, I wore it with a bold red color one day and then later wore it with white and a jean jacket. Can you guess the difference that I felt? Both days I started out feeling the same. I’ve been going through a tough time lately and noticed that I have been completely avoiding color. Determined to make a change in my mood, I went for a bold color. The day I wore red I didn’t just appear confident to others, but I felt more energized. As you may have guessed, the day I wore white and blue I felt pretty calm and peaceful.
This little experiment taught me a lot about the art to dressing better than you feel. Sometimes it takes grabbing a color based on how you want to feel and not necessarily how you currently feel to change your mood. I learned that the color you portray on the outside will affect your mood on the inside. So I challenge you, the next time you feel like matching your wardrobe to your mood, try throwing on a color that represents how you want to feel! You may be quite surprised by the difference it makes!
I’d love to hear, have you noticed how colors affect your mood?
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