During the winter months it's inevitable that at some point you'll probably feel like you've woken up on the wrong side of bed. The lack of vitamin D, shorter days and cold weather are all contributing factors to our changes in moods. So how can we turn this around in an instant? I spoke to Psychology.Fashion's Carolyn Mair, who is a chartered psychologist and fellow of the British Psychological Society.
Among many other aspects of fashion, she's an expert in how different colours can affect our mood. I wanted to know from her how we can all use our wardrobes to lift our moods just from choosing the right colour to wear in the morning. Whether you're feeling sad, angry or just a little tired, there are different hues you can try to help feel more positive and happy in your day. Intrigued? Keep scrolling to find out more.
If you're feeling anxious...
"Red isn't the best colour for you," advises Mair. "Blue, however, is a more calming colour, as is green, and is associated with the concept of trustworthiness and security. However, you can also wear pink when anxious as it has the qualities of red but is less saturated, so it will give you the warmth without the energy."
You'll feel in control wearing this jumpsuit in the office.
If you're feeling sad...
"Red is energising," Mair explains. "It also tends to stimulate our heart rate, although there's very little scientific evidence for this, but it can help boost your mood in the morning."
Happiness in a dress.
If you're feeling tired...
"Orange is a great colour if you're feeling tired. It brings all the energy of red but the joyful associations of summer," says Mair. "However, wearing all orange could be completely over the top, so wear it with something else."
There's nothing to cheer you up quite like an orange J.W.Anderson handbag.
If you're feeling angry...
Again, here you want to avoid red, as it evokes anger and anxiety (your fight-or-flight responses). It's also a passionate and sensual colour. Instead, try blues and greens, aka the calmer hues. You could try a colour like royal blue, as it's not so bright and can help you feel more stable.
Calm and positive vibes only in this suit.
If you're feeling stressed...
"Anxiety is the starting point of stress, so again, your blues and greens work well here," Mair notes. "But grey and muted tones can also do the trick. They won't particularly wouldn't lift your mood, but they could say 'leave me alone for now.'"
A stress-reliving dress that involves Zara shopping? We'll take that, thanks.
Plus, this is an excuse for more shopping = happiness.
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