A new season is upon us, one characterized by later sunsets and sudden onset allergic reactions to pollen dispersing through the air. And although I don’t ever look forward to sneezing during my morning Hot Girl Walks, I’m certainly anticipating the onset of spring and all of its opportunities — lazy walks in the sun, new layering techniques, outdoor dining, and (hopefully) more events with friends and colleagues.
This mood has obviously encouraged recent designer collections, with many runway shows featuring poppy prints, generous textures, and tons of happy hues — all of which can be found on mega-retailer Zappos. The key trends surrounded (finally) stepping out of our apartments and into the literal sunlight, boldly ready to rejoin the “real” world. The idea of conjuring joy through clothing has been coined “dopamine dressing,” loosely translating to a boost in demand for colorful styles come springtime.
Long before it was a buzzword, the theory behind it — gravitating toward colors (and clothing) that makes us feel something — was a constant subject of psychology research. Researchers say color is a powerful communication tool and can signal action, power, mood, and even impact physiological responses. Just think about how you feel in your favorite warm-weather maxi dress: feminine, influential, maybe even romantic.
But as a fan of black turtlenecks (inspired more by the Olsens and less by Steve Jobs) and a hater of the cold, I always find it slightly difficult to transition my moody wardrobe to the bright side — the breezier, more colorful side of spring apparel and dressing. For the sake of the known associations between colors and moods and in anticipation of spring, I decided to test this neurotransmitter theory with Zappos’s lineup of dopamine-inducing pieces. What did I discover? Although neutrals and knitwear will always be my comfort zone, I could easily add pops of fun tones and lightweight fabrics into my spring rotation, from a pale pink blazer to a sunshine yellow silk dress. Ahead, my picks that will really have you — and me — looking forward to getting dressed again.
Outfit #1: Power Pink
I usually steer clear of pink because of my teenage years; my walls, bed frame, and most of my wardrobe consisted of pink, pink, and pinker — in every shade and tone. But something called me to this Ted Baker suit. The happy shade is offset by its sharp tailoring. To make it more casual and extra comfortable, I opted for a pair of contrasting SOREL sneakers that can be worn from brunch to a dinner date.
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Outfit #2: On The Edge
Naturally, this look is more my speed in the non-color color department, but it still packs a vibrant punch with the details. The straight-leg faux leather pants are the perfect rise to show off the silhouette of the sleek corset top; one that’s crafted in a buttery tan. I decided to team it all with the Dr. Martens Blaire Sandals for days that are definitely not hot, but absolutely not freezing.
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Outfit #3: Femininity, Unlocked
There’s nothing that feels more freeing after winter ends than slipping on a silky midi dress on that first mid-60s day — I long for that day all season long. This Bardot slip is designed in the perfect sunny yellow hue with slender straps and a plunging neckline, your true 90s silhouette. Ideal for casual afternoons spent shopping or lunching, it’ll look spring-ready with Sam Edelman’s coordinating caged sandals and lots of gold jewels.
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