How to Make a Dopamine Glow Band-Aid This Fall/Winter
The “dopamine dressing” trend — choosing clothes in bright, mood-boosting hues — started during the pandemic when we all needed a little pick-me-up, and continued throughout the summer.
For many of us, it’s easy to incorporate bright colors into our wardrobe during the sunny months, but just because fall has arrived doesn’t mean you have to completely ditch the zesty yellows, pinks punchy and brilliant blues.
“The days get shorter and darker, and so does our mood, but the solution is not to lock ourselves into monochromatic tones,” says celebrity stylist Gemma Sheppard, who recently launched her first fashion collection Out Of Office on QVC (qvcuk.com).
“Now is the time to put those options back in the back of the cupboard and opt for colorful hues instead to brighten our days – and our dispositions!”
Here, fashion experts share their tips for maintaining the feel-good fashion vibe during fall/winter…
“Wrapping up in a brightly colored coat is one of the easiest ways to embrace a dopamine band-aid and allows for versatility in how you pair it,” says Caroline Young, fashion editor and author. from The Color Of Fashion.
For a really dynamic look, pair your coat with bright separates or opt for neutral tones “like blacks or beiges,” says Young. “There are plenty of outerwear options on the high street, including cotton candy and shocking pink, emerald and lime, and canary yellow.”
Matches your mood
Forget about fashion “rules” about which color suits your hair or skin tone – let your mood dictate your style choices.
“Color is a powerful tool to make us feel good,” says Young, “with blue being tranquil and soothing, green connecting us to nature, yellow bringing sunny and optimistic vibes, and pink being considered a color. seductive, feminine and subversive.”
Also watch the fall/winter runways for inspiration, she adds: “Valentino has created a whole pink collection in the exact same shade, as modeled by Zendaya in its ad, and we also see zesty oranges and greens. grassy for jackets, pants, sweaters and blouses.
Add a touch of color
“If you don’t want to go head-to-toe with color, choose one key piece, then style your other pieces around it in more neutral colors,” Sheppard says. “A stunning cobalt blue sweater will look fabulous with cigarette pants, or a red skirt will pop against a beige blouse.”
You can also opt for a more understated outfit with bold accessories such as a “bright orange handbag, a fuchsia pink scarf, a pair of yellow earrings,” she says. Trendy sneakers or boots are also a great way to elevate your look.
“Remember that when you’re accessorizing, less is more,” Sheppard adds. “As Coco Chanel so aptly said, ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take away at least one thing.'”
“Pant suits are also very popular this season,” says Young, with a relaxed tailored fit a major trend among celebrities and influencers.
“Pair your wide leg pants with your baggy jacket in burnt orange, purple or electric blue.
Color blocking isn’t the only way to get dopamine – you can mix it up with trendy prints.
“Introducing patterns into your wardrobe can seem daunting, but if you start with a subtle design that includes a pop of color, you’ll be surprised at how much it can elevate a neutral outfit,” says Sheppard.
“You can try a simple stripe or check if you’re not used to wearing patterns, or if you feel like being a bit bolder, introduce an animal print – my favourite!”
For a double whammy of feel-good fashion, opt for soft-touch knits in warm hues like coral, mustard or lipstick.
“A bright and cozy sweater is also a great way to bring color therapy to your outfits,” says Young.
“Whether worn over a white blouse or paired with complementary or even opposing colors such as orange and purple, a psychedelic combination.”
Marks and Spencer Collection Feather and Down Drawstring Waist Quilted Coat in Washed Green, £89; Cotton Rich Slogan Collection Crewneck Sweatshirt in Bright Green, £27.50; Pure cotton striped oversized girlfriend shirt, £25; Collection Faux Leather Pleated Midi Skirt in Black, £45; Collection Stone Leather Platform Chelsea Boots, £69
JD Williams red crepe single-breasted blazer, £60; Short sleeve animal print long square top with faux horn buttons, £15 (was £20); Red crepe wide leg trousers, £35; Shoulder bag with signature chain, £17 (was £34)
Out Of Office Wool Blend Cashmere Long Jumper With Detachable Scarf, £167.40 (was £198) QVC
Roman Red Curve Textured Animal Print Tunic Dress, £38
Oliver Bonas orange animal button down jumper, £59.50
River Island Purple Metallic Long Sleeve Top, £40
Very Judi Love high waisted high waisted trousers in pink, £16.75 (was £35)
New Look Blue Leopard Print Crepe Midi Skirt, £19.99
Gola Pearl Yellow Leather Trainers, £75, Oliver Bonas