5 Tips to Make you Feel More Confident, Right Now
Don’t let them see you sweat. Here’s how to project confidence like a boss.
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You probably know that a great outfit can boost your confidence, but did you know it can also make you feel happier? Yup, it’s true—and many people call it dopamine dressing. Let’s start with the basics: dopamine (also known as the “happy hormone”) is a neurotransmitter in the brain that surges when we feel happiness or pleasure. Dopamine dressing works in the same way—when we wear something that makes us look and feel good, we can experience that same happy rush. And nothing will spark more joy than the vibrant shades already trending for summer.
A flurry of fun brights and neons made their way down the runway this spring. Even our favorite celebrities are embracing mood-boosting colors like fuchsia and lime. But which ones should you try? Here are some of our favorites (along with designer inspiration) that’ll inject major feel-good energy into your wardrobe this season.
From tangerine to glowing neon, orange is everywhere. Christopher John Rogers and Christian Siriano really stood out this season with dresses in clementine and apricot. These joyful shades turn any item into a “make an entrance” piece for the summer wedding season.
Think 80’s-style hues— the brighter the better. Bottega Veneta showed acid green separates that effortlessly mixed sporty with cool and their woven bags in preppy parakeet added a perfect pop. Take a style cue from their runway and go for the green when you’re in a notice-me mood.
This shade is like the trifecta of feel-good: it’s light, bright, and energetic. Designer David Koma is known for his vivid color palette (hello, Beyoncé at the Oscars in tennis ball yellow) and this season was no exception.
It’s time to trade your basic black for lively pink. Christian Dior gave the perfect inspo this season with their hot pink pattern-mix tote and comfy sandals in juicy raspberry.
This new style optimism is not just about the happy hues you choose, but also the way you wear them. If you’re looking to start out small, try adding just one cheerful accessory. For more adventurous dressers, go big and wear color from head-to-toe. It’s all about your comfort level and how it works with your own personal style. No matter which colors you choose, here are five quick tips on how to rock them with confidence.
It’s worth repeating: The easiest way to dip your toe into this trend is with an accessory. Start with any wardrobe essentials you love—a slip dress, a lightweight sweater, a lived-in pair of jeans or denim shorts—and add vivid accessories. Mini but mighty pieces will update your basics in an instant.
If you’re ready to take it up a notch, add a vibrant clothing piece to a look of mostly neutrals. Be sure to pick classics, like beige or white, to keep the look sleek and allow the bright piece to make more of an impact.
The secret to doing it right? Wear different shades of the same color. This will give your outfit a little depth and playfulness. Start with one noticeable piece in a bold color, like a silky fuchsia skirt. Then build around it with other items in different, lighter shades of the same color.
Pairing two (or more) solid colors together in one outfit is called color blocking. The key is to pick unexpected combos to give your outfit a little more oomph. Think green with purple or blue with orange. If you’re unsure of which colors to mix, look at a color wheel and choose colors that are across from each other. Another easy option? Look for items that are already color blocked.
Finally, if you want to celebrate every color, then wear a fun, multihued pattern. Go outside your comfort zone and look for more over-the-top ones like oversized florals or geometric shapes. When accessorizing, tie in just one color from the pattern, so you have a purposeful color connection that won’t compete with your standout piece.