I can’t believe we’re already in August — the hottest month on the Coast. Being well aware of that fact, I already know what I’ll be wearing. Choosing looks, especially this time of year, is all about boosting your mood through fashion, and there’s even a name for it: dopamine dressing. Dopamine dressing involves wearing colors, textures or styles that trigger a rush of the feelgood chemical dopamine. It’s an easy, simple way to increase your energy, lift your spirits and do the same for those around you.
Friends and people I meet often ask me how I choose what to wear to certain events and how I’d describe my personal style. These questions are difficult to answer, especially because I dress based on how I feel on any given day. I always try to add a fun print or a color like Kelly green or yellow to generate some positive vibes as I start my day.
A great example of soul-affirming, happy fashion is Tabitha Brown’s line for Target. The actress, vegan foodie and social media maven is so much fun and takes a lot of colorful risks, which I adore. The brightness she brings to everything she does is reflected in her pieces.
One of my favorite items from her collection is the botanical print puff-sleeve mini dress. It’s so colorful in all the right ways and perfect for summer. I have this dress, which surely will turn heads and get compliments. The whole collection is all about feeling good and embracing and expressing who you are.
The brand Farm Rio also delivers a huge dose of dopamine with its latest line. From jumpsuits to dresses, the unique prints in these pieces are show-stopping. The tropical flair infused in many of the items makes you feel like you’re on vacation.
Whatever your style, this is the perfect time to try something new. You can ease into dopamine dressing gradually if you are not a person who gravitates toward bold prints, textures and colors; it’s all about wearing what makes you feel good.