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DOPAMINE DRESSING TO BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES

January 12, 2020 0 Comments

DOPAMINE DRESSING TO BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES

Dopamine Dressing is the perfect way to banish the January blues and here to tell us why is our guest blogger Anna Jackson; colour specialist and stylist with a background in psychology. Follow her on Instagram at @AlwaysAFashionParade 💖

January Blues sounds such a cliché but how do you expect us to feel when you have taken away our lights, our tinsel and our party invitations but do we HAVE to lose our sparkle too?!

HELL NO! I present you with JANUARY JOY 🤸‍♀️ This is not only the start of a New Month and a New Year but it’s also the start of a NEW DECADE!! Surely that’s something worth sparkling for??!!

Need more convincing?! Well, let me introduce you to DOPAMINE DRESSING! This is the theory that wearing bright colours and fun clothes can lift your mood and actually make you feel happier.

dressing to make to happy - Dopamine dressing

Photo credits: @MinowaNorton, @Jetsetta_simz, @ZeynepAlkan

There is research that suggests that yellow, for example, is associated with laughter, optimism and happiness so a person surrounded but yellow generally feels optimistic because the brain releases more serotonin - our happy hormone 🌞 Source - The Psychology of Colour

Others have found that looking at warm, bright colours, such as red or pink, release dopamine known as the “feel-good hormone” — which can improve our mood, heighten the attention span and even boost our sex drive! That’s got to be worth a go right 😉Source - hownottowearblack

Dopamine dressing - beating the January blues

Photo credits: @Kleos_bubble@Lycra80sParty@BodyPosiPanda

Christina (IG:touchinfinity) tried this as an experiment and wondered how wearing something that you can’t always see (such as a fun slogan jumper) can make YOU feel happier discovered that by projecting positivity on to other people they project it back to you. Read her article "I Tried Dopamine Dressing To See If Clothes Could Make Me Happier" here.

So those you meet feel happier and you feel happier too! WIN-WIN

Even more research into the subject Carolyn Mair Psychology for Fashion suggests that you will only feel happier wearing a certain colour if you have positive associations with that colour. For example, I associate yellow with the sun so wearing it makes me think of happy times and summer and without fail cheers me up. Whereas wearing black I literally feel like a dementor has sucked all the happiness out of me and funnily enough beige reminds me of the time I ate a whole bowl of butterscotch angel delight and puked so actually looking at that colour makes me feel physically sick!!

Dopamine dressing - Beating the January blues

Photo credits: @alwaysAFashionParade@GrooveOmYoga@Alipow, @MsPinkDJ, @TasminTaylor_

As a colour consultant, I see firsthand the difference that colour makes to the way people look. If you have never “had your colours done” a simple way to see what colours suit you is to hold them up against your face and look at your eyes and your skin and see whether they light you up or dull you down.

Another way to test out this theory is to try on clothes and use the Marie Kondo effect... Close your eyes and think ‘Does this outfit actually spark joy’ and simply wear more of what makes you feel happier and the quicker you realise that no one else really cares what you wear and you start dressing only for you then the more dopamine is released and the happier you will feel!!

Anna Jackson stylist bristol

Photo credits: @AlwaysAFashionParade

So if wearing black and grey makes you feel black and grey then I suggest you give Dopamine Dressing a go and I think Christina (@touchinfinity) nails it in the conclusion to her experiment which she found “The trick? is to choose things you like that also radiate positivity. Rather than choosing the brightest or boldest outfit just because — choose one that makes you smile, one that procures happy memories, or one that makes you feel like you can take on the world” 

If you are interested in learning more read this article in The Guardian "Dopamine Dressing - Can you dress yourself happy"

Do you have an item of clothing that never fails to raise a smile or a compliment from the people around you? Let us know below 👇





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Ladies sizing chart
 Size Bust in Inches

Bust in CM

Waist in Inches
Waist in CM
Hips at widest part in Inches Hips at widest part in CM
UK 4-6 30 76 23 58 33 84
UK 6-8 32 81 25 63 35 89
UK 8-10 34 86 27 69 37 94
UK 10-12 37 94 30 76 40 102
UK 12-14 40 102 33 84 43 109
UK 14-16 43 109 36 91 46 117
UK 16-18 46 117 39 99 49 124
UK 18-20 50 127 43 109 53 135
UK 20-22 54 137 47 119 57 145
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Measurer your waist at the smallest point just above your belly button.

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Ladies conversion size chart
 UK US EU AUS
UK 4-6 0-2 US 32-34 EU 4-6 AUS
UK 6-8 2-4 US
34-36 EU
6-8 AUS
UK 8-10 4-6 US
36-38 EU
8-10 AUS
UK 10-12 6-8 US
38-40 EU
10-12 AUS
UK 12-14 8-10 US
40-42 EU
12-14 AUS
UK 14-16 10-12 US
42-44 EU
14-16 AUS

Kids size chart
Babies 6-9 months 9-12 months 12-18 months 18-24 months
Height 29"/74cm 30.5"/78cm 32"/82cm 33.5"/86cm
Chest 18.25"/46.5cm 19"/48.5cm 20"/50.5cm 20.75"/52.5cm
Hips 18.5"/47cm 19.25"/49cm 20"/51cm 21"/53cm 

Kids 2-3 Years 3-4 years 4-5 years 5-6 years 6-7 years 7-8 Years 8-9 Years 9-10 Years 10-11 Years
Height 34.5"/87.5cm 37.5"/95cm 40.5"/103cm 43.5"/110.5cm
46.5"/118cm
49.5"/126cm 52.5"/133.5cm 55.5"/141cm 58.5"/146cm
Chest 21"/53.5cm 22"/56cm 23"/58.5cm 24"/61cm 25"/63.5cm 26"/66cm 26.75"/68cm 27.5"/70cm 28.25"/72cm
Hips 21.5"/54.5cm 22.25"/56.5cm 23.25"/59cm 24.25"/61.5cm 25.25"/64cm 26.25"/66.5cm 27.25"/69cm 28.75"/73cm 30"/76cm