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Dive Into Dopamine Dressing

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We all know the power a great outfit can have on our mood – but what if we told you that you can harness that feeling with every outfit? Dopamine Dressing is the new trend dominating wardrobes in 2022, placing our happiness at the forefront of style.

Dive Into Dopamine Dressing

Dopamine, otherwise known as the feel-good neurotransmitter, is triggered when we do things we enjoy. Simply put, it’s responsible for that warm feeling of satisfaction we get when we’re at our happiest – and it’s something many of us missed during the darker days of the pandemic. It’s therefore no wonder that we’ve decided to do a one-eighty and seek out the little pleasures that make us smile. Our first target? Fashion.

Models in green outfits sat in retro themed lounge

(c) Rezek Studio

The trend leading the way in this revolutionary happy hour is Dopamine Dressing. Coined by Pinterest in its 2022 trend predictions, Dopamine Dressing is all about embracing the colours, patterns and textures that put a spring in your step – big or small, vibrant or tame, busy or sleek, whatever works for you. While Pinterest claim that ‘dressing loud is the new dressing down’, this trend is a lot more flexible in that it’s tailored to what you feel happiest wearing. The goal is to boost your mood, after all.

 

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But it should be noted that this is the trend where all things go – making it an ideal opportunity for trying styles outside our comfort zone. At its heart, Dopamine Dressing is about taking control of the way we dress and directing our efforts into what makes us happy.

So, whether you choose to harness every colour of the rainbow, flounce enough feathers to make a peacock jealous, clash six patterns in one outfit or take it one step at a time, there’s a bit of dopamine out there for us all. Not sure where to start? Check out our picks below.

As always, before you buy, check at home to see if you have something that fits the trends we see on the runway. Re-wearing old clothes is the best way to be sustainable, but if you can’t avoid it then shop consciously at responsible retailers, as well as rental and resale sites.

Wear the Trend

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Model in patterned shirt and trousers

Phoebe Grace Emma Zipped Shirt In Orange Daisy, £200, phoebe-grace.co.uk

Phoebe Grace Scooby Trouser In Orange Daisy, £195, phoebe-grace.co.uk

Blue ocean pattern scarf

Victoria Ragna Ocean Silk Scarf, £96, victoriaragna.com

Rezek Studio Mint Foxy Mini Dress

Rezek Studio Mint Foxy Mini Dress, $295, rezekstudio.com

Gold heart ring with a pink banner inscribed with 'Aries'

July Child Galaxy Star Sign Ring (Aries), £96, julychild.co.uk

Magpie Vintage Upcycled Ada Patchwork  Button Up Blouse

Magpie Vintage Upcycled Ada Patchwork  Button Up Blouse, £140, magpievintageclothing.com

Miaou Campbell Toile Print Corset Top

Miaou Campbell Toile Print Corset Top, £195, brownsfashion.com

Ivy Ekong Mykonos Yellow Trouser Suit Set

Ivy Ekong Mykonos Yellow Trouser Suit Set, £149, ivyekongfashion.com 

Smiley X Messika 18KT White Gold and Yellow Diamond Necklace

Smiley X Messika 18KT White Gold and Yellow Diamond Necklace, £4,780, messika.com

Folklore Large Cella Bag in Neon Green Leather and Chair

Folklore Large Cella Bag in Neon Green Leather and Chair, £457.39, folklorethelabel.com

Romani The Spoil Me Shirt Dress in Blue

Romani The Spoil Me Shirt Dress in Blue, $760, romaniofficial.com

Remain Birger Christensen Atina quilted neon recycled shell jacket

Remain Birger Christensen Atina quilted neon recycled shell jacket, £245.84, net-a-porter.com

SKIIM Paris Leather Halter Jumpsuit in Black and White Stripe

SKIIM Paris Leather Halter Jumpsuit in Black and White Stripe, £1,590, skiim-paris.com

PAPER London Off-the-shoulder Orchid Dress in Maldives Check

PAPER London Off-the-shoulder Orchid Dress in Maldives Check, £385, curated-crowd.com

Bottega Veneta Patent-leather mules in blue

Bottega Veneta Patent-leather mules in blue, £685, net-a-porter.com

Apple Green Phone Case and Card Holder

ELAOW PPC1 CLR Apple Green Phone Case and Card Holder, €215, thisiselaow.com

HVN Mimi pink tiered printed organza mini dress

HVN Mimi tiered printed organza mini dress, £550, net-a-porter.com

Chateau Orlando - Blue Garden Trellis Vest

Chateau Orlando Blue Garden Trellis Vest, €190, chateauorlando.com

Stella McCartney Ruched printed silk crepe de chine mini dress in bright blue

Stella McCartney Ruched printed silk crepe de chine mini dress in bright blue, £1,250, net-a-porter.com

Versace La Medusa small textured-leather shoulder bag in pink, £1,180, net-a-porter.com

Rezek Studio Emerald Green Foxy Top

Rezek Studio Emerald Green Foxy Top, $275, rezekstudio.com

Light blue sequin mini dress

Alexa Chung Edie Party Dress, £195, alexachung.com

bogdar Pearl organic silk cowl neck top

bogdar Pearl organic silk cowl neck top, €230, bogdar.com

RIXO Lolita High Neck Mini Dress in Tropical Hibiscus Waves Pattern

RIXO Lolita High Neck Mini Dress in Tropical Hibiscus Waves Pattern, £195, rixo.co.uk

Bottega Veneta Lime Green patent-leather mules

Bottega Veneta Lime Green patent-leather mules, £703.67, net-a-porter.com

Simone Rocha Off Shoulder Sleeveless Midi Dress With Frill

Simone Rocha Off Shoulder Sleeveless Midi Dress With Frill, £995, simonerocha.com

yuhan wang Floral Print Wide Leg Trousers

yuhan wang Floral Print Wide Leg Trousers, £515, brownsfashion.com

L’afshar Orange Ida Mock Croc Leather Mini Bag

L’afshar Orange Ida Mock Croc Leather Mini Bag, £675, brownsfashion.com

Oscar de la Renta Orange strapless tiered cotton-blend moire mini dress

Oscar de la Renta Orange strapless tiered cotton-blend moire mini dress, £5,676, net-a-porter.com

Fernando Jorge 18K Yellow Gold Surround Signal Small Jade And Diamond Earrings

Fernando Jorge 18K Yellow Gold Surround Signal Small Jade And Diamond Earrings, £5,750, brownsfashion.com

Elleme Pink Cotton Shirt Dress

Elleme Pink Cotton Shirt Dress, £330, brownsfashion.com

Mathe Jewellery Selena Necklace

Mathe Jewellery Selena Necklace, £68.42, mathejewellery.com

Citrus yellow dress

Baukjen Citrus Farrah Dress with TENCEL™, £159, baukjen.com

Stella McCartney Gamer Cropped Knit Jumper, £675, stellamccartney.com

Featured image: Rezek Studio

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