Fashion projects far more than you may think. It’s been proven the primary colours have a positive effect on your mood, and vivid colours awaken your senses. So if you need a little perk, don’t opt for the safe monotone colours of black, grey and navy, as they won’t do the trick. Try out these brilliant fashion hacks to turn that frown upside down!
#1 Mellow Yellow
So many people are put off wearing yellow as it’s such a bright colour that many assume you have to feel glowingly confident to even attempt to pull it off. This isn’t the case at all, in fact it’s better to wear yellow when you’re feeling down, as it’ll give you that boost.
#2 Seeing Red
Although red evokes emotions such as flaming anger, it also really energises you. Red can also amp up the sexiness of an outfit even if the cut is modest. How about a flash of red if you don’t want to go all out, or matching that with a casual jacket.
#3 Feeling Blue?
Opposingly, the coolness of blue tones immediately calm you, even bright blues. Whether it’s the association with nature’s open spaces, like the sky and sea, or something more abstract, blue is a good colour for those days when you feel anxious (interviews, exams, first dates for example).
#4 Calm like Kermit in Green
Apparently studies have shown that green makes you feel more centred and stable. Again, it’s associated with nature, particularly forest green. Even muted shades of green like khaki give a similar effect, and luckily are available everywhere!
#5 Creative Colour
Purple is such an underrated colour, with many of us believing it doesn’t suit our complexion or colouring. In fact, it’s one of the easiest colours to pull off as it sounds almost everyone, whether you’re dark haired, redheaded or blonde, pale, olive or dark skinned. For those slightly afraid but still curious, lavender is a nice wash of purple in a muted shade.
#6 Stitch This
Either patchwork or embroidered clothing gives your look a fun, playful element while still being very wearable and neutral to a degree. Embroidered jeans are not overpowering when paired with bright colours. Many high street stores stock embroidered jeans at nifty prices and pretty designs.
#7 Pop of Colour
An easy way to incorporate colour into your wardrobe is by having bright accessories, mainly your shoes and bags. A primary pop of colour is unexpected with an otherwise neutral outfit, so while you may think having neutral shoes is more important, if you favour neutrals overall, bright accessories aren’t as much of a splurge as you may think.
#8 Primetime in Pastel
Okay to start, this Nasty Gal jumper (€40) keeps visiting me in dreams…just look at it. Yes, you do have to have gumption to wear it but it’s actually easy to pull off once paired with neutral trousers or a skirt and a light or pastel-toned makeup. For a more subdued pastel option, try a pastel shirt in either lavender, mint green and pastel pink.
#9 Playful Accessories
If you want to totally steer away from playing with colours and find an alternative way to lift your mood with fashion, look to the accessories you own. Are any of them kooky or detailed with fun, outlandish details? Furry keychains can be attached to completely alter the look of a bag for instance. High street and online stores have this aplenty, many for under €20!
#10 Bold Prints
Coordinates are all the rage now, so it won’t be hard to find a set that calls out to you as your version of the sassy yet put together look. Especially in suit form, this is a striking look that’s guaranteed to make an impact on how you feel about yourself and how others view you.
#11 Slogan Prints
Sometimes all you need to hear is a positive or an inspirational word to put that pep back in your step. This is why slogan prints are always in style! Camp Collection have retro t-shirts, while Reformation also kill it when it comes to pun-tastic slogan t-shirts.
#12 Be Brave and Bare
You don’t have to show too much skin to feel sexy. There are no rules, but if you want a marker to go by, either show leg or cleavage, not too much of both at the same time. Collarbone, shoulders and back can be just as sexy too. Split maxi skirts and dresses are always back in force during summer, so get ready for a bit of fun!
#13 Scalloped Detailing
Whether it’s detailing on a skirt, dress or top, scalloping adds a preppy, feminine note to your outfit. They flatter the figure regardless what shape you are too, as it curves and flows, which not only mimics your curves but lengthens your limbs as it gives a slight peek-a-boo effect where the scallop curves upwards. Lyst has a stream of options in skirt and dress form.
#14 Cheering for Pom Poms
Similar to the kooky keychain and bag accessories, clothing with pom poms and textural detailing is unique and has an interactive, fun quality that will be a real conversation starter. Wearing something that can practically qualify as art will revive you even after a long, dull day.
#15 Kooky Handbags
You can be as serious as you need to be with your clothes while still incorporating a bit of tongue-in-cheek kooky fun with your accessories. Lulu Guinness has one of the biggest ranges available when it comes to a mid price range, considering they’re durable and well made too.
#16 Stylish Oversized Sunglasses
No matter how tired you are, a pair of oversized sunglasses will cover the damage of those dark under eye bags! It doesn’t have to be scorching to validate taking them out. Ray Bans are my personal favourite for durable, classic pairs that range from €80 to €150. Aviators (€129) will never go out of style!
Mules have been underrated for too long, but finally they’re getting the recognition they deserve. Invest in a comfortable pair, as they can be worn in formal and ultra casual scenarios due to the closed toe but have the ‘slider’ open backs. Embroidered ones will take you from the office or class to Friday night drinks and that sunny holiday you booked with no problems!
#18 Bright Bandanas
With something as small as a bandana, you can cloak your head in happiness with a punch of colour and retro chic style. On fuss-free days where you want your hair out of your face, a punchy, vibrant bandana will make you think of summer days stretched out before you. From Parfois to Urban Outfitters and Ebay, you’ll find dozens in the colour and pattern you like for under €10.