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Even Science Agrees, Your Outfit Is Making You Depressed

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Can you actually dress yourself happy?

Are you one of those women whose wardrobe is a never-ending closet of black skinny jeans, dark sweatshirts, and grey graphic tees?

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You might want to consider a wardrobe revival.

It turns out our funeral-worthy attire might be killing your mood — pun intended.

Keeping things colorless is easy, sure. But your no frills outfits could be doing more harm than you think. Wearing that baggy black sweatshirt and jeans all the time is linked with feeling sad or depressed.

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One of the easiest ways to boost your mood is to start wearing more color. Science shows us that humans respond to color subconsciously. We often don’t even realize the effect color can have on our mood. Dopamine dressing is the concept of dressing yourself happy by wearing colors that evoke positive thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

So stop living in black and white if you want to start improving your outlook on life.

According to psychologist Carolyn Mair, “When people believe in the symbolic meaning of their clothes, it can affect their cognitive processes, and part of those are your emotions.”

Your clothing choices can also influence how other people perceive and act toward you — indirectly affecting your mood as well. Unless you stand in front of the mirror all day, you won’t constantly be reminded of your bright and cheery outfit. “But you’re projecting it to other people, and they project it back to you,” says Mair.

The specific color you wear has the potential to evoke a wide range of emotions. For an instant mood boost, try wearing these vibrant hues:

Red

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What it evokes: passion, confidence, love

Orange

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What it evokes: energy, playfulness warmth

Yellow

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What it evokes: happiness, optimism, joy

Green

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What it evokes: trust, acceptance, admiration

Blue

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What it evokes: amazement, calmness, dependability

Purple

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What it evokes: pensiveness, wisdom, power


SHARE which colors you like to wear and why!

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