Wearing certain clothes CAN improve your mood. From injecting a splash of colour into your wardrobe to wearing t-shirts with positive slogans to make you and people around you smile – positive dressing is all around us. But, does it really work?
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The influence of colour
The power of colour psychology shouldn’t be underestimated. Studies have shown that different coloured clothing can have different effects on individuals. In one study, students were presented with a coloured participant number that was either red, green or black. Results showed that students who were given a red number scored a significant 20% lower than those who presented with a green or black number.
And, when it comes to clothing, people can view the wearer in different ways, depending on what colour they’ve got on:
- Red — Demonstrates power and a strong social status, as well as gives the wearer more confidence. It can indicate good health and financial stability, too.
- White — Perceived to be the least arrogant colour and gives the impression that the wearer is optimistic.
- Black — Gives the impression of self-assurance and intelligence.
What about in sports performance? Researchers have discovered that red can lead people to act with greater speed and force (Didn’t England do better at the World Cup when they wore red!?). Studies also showed that sports teams dressed in mostly black kits were more likely to receive penalties.
Evidently, colour can affect our psyche and tweak our moods and actions both positively and negatively.
What makes YOU happy?
It’s likely that it’s all down to what you personally associate with happiness.
Take colour connotations and cultural differences, for example. Like the colour red? In China, this hue is a symbolism of good luck, yet in Africa it’s associated with death. Interestingly, in the African nation of Nigeria, it has connections with aggression and vitality.
If you associate the colour yellow with being positive and happy, it’s likely that being around this colour will make you feel this way. This idea is supported by one experiment involving a coat. Here, participants were all handed the same white coat — the only difference was that some were told it was a painter’s coat, and others were told it was a doctor’s. When asked to complete tasks, results revealed that those who were told it was a doctor’s coat performed better. It’s likely that the connotations that they associated with a professional uniform were more positive and motivational than those associated with the painter’s coat.
Consider power dressing, too. Some women feel more confident in trouser suits or skirt and jacket combos when surrounded by men who are donning a similar outfit in the form of a three-piece suit.
Take time to determine which clothes are confidence and happiness boosters for you, then it’s likely that dressing in these garments will make you feel that way.
Dressing for your shape
Complementing your shape when dressing is another way to boost your mood with clothes, as what you’re wearing will not only highlight your best features, but also make you feel comfortable.
The things that you wear do influence the way that you feel. Putting colours and shapes aside, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable in the clothes that you wear. This will ensure your confidence shines through — a guaranteed mood booster!