By Edwin J. Exaus

From the outside looking in, you may think that the world of fashion is a tough and superficial world with an outrageous amount of rules. For example, staying clear of black and brown outfits, avoiding silver and gold accessories together, and the infamous no-no of wearing white after Labor Day. But out of those rules, there is only one that stands true: wear what makes you happy! Whether it is a sweater from a few seasons ago or your favorite cozy trousers, it is your right to dress however you choose.

Many people stick to neutral colors in their everyday wardrobe because it is deemed work appropriate or professional. Honestly thinking, when was the last time you wore a pink blouse or green trousers to a job interview? Probably never. It is time to take a risk and let your personality shine as bright on the outside as it does on the inside! The colors we wear ultimately have an effect on our moods. Following the phrase, “when you look good, you feel good,” wearing or even looking at bright colors such as red and yellow releases a neurotransmitter known as dopamine that can heighten your mood and attention span. It can even affect your movement! According to an article by the Society of Neuroscience, dopamine is a messenger molecule that allows nerve cells to communicate. When there is a lack of dopamine, movements can be seen as delayed or uncoordinated.

Certain colors are expected to exude certain emotions and moods. Lets take a closer look at the colors red, green, purple, orange, gray and black.

The color red has undertones of sexuality, power and cheerfulness. Red is bold and demands attention — just think about stop signs. Wearing red lipstick, a red top or tie immediately makes it the focal point of any ensemble. When wearing red you may feel as if you are in charge or be perceived as being very assertive.

Green has the opposite affect of red. Like the color blue, green promotes positivity and causes you to be creative. According to a study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, participants who were exposed to the color green while engaging in a creative task were more creative than their counterparts.
Kings, queens and people of noble status are typically associated with the color purple, which explains why you may feel regal or have a strong sense of leadership when sporting the color. You might feel like you can conquer the day while in purple.

Orange provides a sense of comfort and warmth. People may see you as approachable and friendlier when wearing this color. Picture autumn and how it decorates the sidewalks with its yellow, brown and orange leaves — it evokes a warm, tingly feeling.

Black and gray have the same effect on a person’s mood. Both colors are very serious and give the appearance of extreme sophistication. You feel slimmer and elegant while wearing black.

What Clothes Make You Happy?

“Jeans and comfy pajama pants!” – Nicole Irving

“Soft, oversized sweaters because they make me feel safe, comforted and happy; high heels because they give me a boost of confidence and make me feel empowered; and T-shirt dresses because they are functional, forgiving and comfortable, yet still professional.” – Ashleigh Braun

“Shoes. When I’m feeling down I like to walk around DSW. When I leave, I can feel the weight lift off of my shoulders.” – Sayeh Farah

“I love comfortable, trendy sneakers. They’re stylish and you feel like you can do anything.” – Delia Albert

“Sandals and shorts.” – Shane Irving