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These mood-boosting outfits deliver a much-needed dose of dopamine

Punchy palettes and fun prints are just what the doctor ordered!
January 21, 2022 1:31 p.m. EST
January 21, 2022 1:31 p.m. EST

As the temperatures drop and the snow falls, the fashion world has embraced enthusiasm and optimism, with the plethora of bright colours and optimistic prints. But can dressing bright and loud really lift your mood? Termed "dopamine dressing" for its feel-good, mood-boosting qualities, we've been soaking up the zingy knitwear, party pants, and preppy outerwear. Dare we say that tangy orange and lemon yellow could be the new black? 

Fashion stylist Joe Zee helped us navigate this Pinterest-predicted trend with all the tips and tricks on how to incorporate bold and bright colours into our everyday wardrobe,. Plus, he shared three looks to give you all the inspiration you need to embrace this trend! 


We can't talk about dopamine dressing without including rainbow! Every colour under the sun, this two-piece set from indigenous designer Lesley Hampton makes the ultimate statement. The best part? Worn together it looks like a full-on glam moment, or you can break up the pieces and style them down with a great pair of jeans or cute knit sweater and kicks. Finishing the look with some fun accessories - bold statement earrings from another amazing Canadian indigenous designer, Warren Steven Scott, and a sparkly bag from Zara. TIP: Keep the boots simple to let the look shine! 

SHOP: Rainbow Warrior Top; $350 at Lesley Hampton | Rainbow Warrior Wrap Skirt; 4250 at Lesley Hampton | Sequin Bucket Bag; $59.90 at Zara | Heeled Stretchy Ankle Boots; $79.90 at Zara | Salish Chandelier earrings in Red/Pink; $70 at Warren Steven Scott

Bold hues 

Bold saturated hues are another way to go. Colour-block your solids for an even more fashion-forward move. The oversized suit isn't going anywhere anytime soon—it's incredibly versatile. Wear it with a tee and sneakers or dress it up with a pair of slides and a patent two-tone bag. Accessories are another way to add a pick-me-up to your day—even if the rest of your look is neutral. Pairing bold-coloured shoes and a multi-coloured statement earring with jeans and a t-shirt is the perfect way to dip your toe into this trend. 

SHOP: Oversized Blazer; $59.99 at H&M | Sleeveless Turtleneck Top; $19.99 at H&M | Dress Pants; $37.99 at H&M | Inverted Ovoid earrings in mini opaques; $60 at Warren Steven Scott | Ybesa Crossbody Bag; $43.98 at Aldo | Heeled Quilted Sandals; $59.90 at Zara

Tie-dye print 

Tie-dye is a print we've been seeing a resurgence in for a couple of years now, and we're here for the '90s-vibe. This beauty from H&M is the perfect frock as it's got loads of fun colours that you can play with to create a fun look! Take inspiration from these colours to finish the look, using a pop of pink in the booties and belt, and the beautiful lavender shade as a cozy topper and purse combo!

SHOP: Tie-dye Patterned Mesh Dress; $20.99 at H&M | Oversized Fleece Overshirt; $29.99 at Zara | Kadumba Belt; $12 at Aldo | Quilted Leather Mini Bag; $79.90 at Zara | Delylah Ankle Boot; $130 at Aldo

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