Monday, July 30, 2018

Dressing to smile

Can you dress yourself towards a smile? That's what 'dopamine dressing' claims you can do, the hot new trend that sees inspiring slogans and splashes of colour hitting your wardrobe with the aim of lifting your spirits. Together with QUIZ, and their range of smile-boosting going out dresses, we investigate the phenomenon further.

The colour of happiness

Using colour to change mood and perception has been done for a long time. Studies have shown that different coloured objects and clothing can have different effects on individuals.


  • 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’s your happy colour?

Your own experiences and understanding inevitably shapes your feelings towards colours. 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.



Smiles in every size


  • Pear-shaped — if you have a pear-shaped frame, you carry weight mostly in the lower areas of your body. You can elongate your legs with a straight or bootcut jean. Avoid high-waisted trousers though, as these can make you look shorter.
  • Apple-shaped — this is where you carry weight around the middle. Bring focus to your legs with a straight-leg trouser and pair with heels.
  • Petite — it can be hard to find clothes that don’t overpower you if you’re petite. High-waisted trousers and crop tops are good if you’re this size, as they can create the illusion that you’re taller and show off your small physique!
  • Tall — if you want to extenuate your legs even further, you should go for a low-rise trouser with a skinny leg.


                 

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