Lovely Dana e-mailed me this request:
I love your post on “How to Dress Joyously.” Similarly, you could do a post on specific prints, styles, colors, or color combinations that lift your spirits.
Woo! Now here’s a question I’m tickled to tackle. As you’ve heard me say approximately 78 gazillion times, I believe that how we choose to dress can impact how we feel. The colors, textures, prints, and patterns we put on our bodies travel with us all day, so why not pick something that makes you smile whenever you glance into a mirror? Here are some of my personal spirit-lifting clothes, colors, and accessories.
All prints and patterns look lively and fun to me, but multicolored prints are my absolute favorites. My love for color is such that I sometimes feel like I can’t get enough, and saturated prints with loads of colors feed that need. That said, even subdued and dusty colors can look fabulous mixed together in a print.
Magenta and red
Red has long been my power color, and I feel strong and centered wearing it. But magenta runs a close second. Red can sometimes feel like a pretty bold statement, and some folks associate it with assertiveness and even anger. I feel like magenta is red’s more subdued, ladylike cousin. Both are year-round faves.
Anything that makes me feel like a badass
I’ve written about my conflicting feelings about badassery, but I just can’t resist tough boots, leather, studs, moto styling, and all other rock-and-roll influenced items. Even if I can’t kick actual ass, at least I can look like I shouldn’t be messed with. This stuff gets trotted out when I need to feel capable and strong, more than chipper and cheerful.
Predictable? Maybe. But stripes still make me endlessly happy. They’re so versatile, so crisp and clean, and they add a bit of pizzaz to just about any outfit. Vertical stripes still make me think of jail for some reason, but horizontals and diagonals excite me equally.
THE SPARKLY THINGS
Dang, I sure do own a lot of rhinestones. And with good reason: Seeing the light glint off a faceted fake gem gives my mood an instant boost. My jewelry collection boasts sparkly bracelets, necklaces, brooches, and earrings, and when I’m down in the doldrums, clipping them on never fails to help.
How about you? What clothing or accessories do you don when your spirits need lifting? Any overlap with my list?