Dopamine dressing is the fashion we’ve been craving this spring
You’re going to see a lot of colors in stores this season.
CLEVELAND — Forget those muted tones; this spring, wear the rainbow.
3News Style contributor Hallie Abrams says you’re going to see a lot of color in stores this spring.
“They call it ‘dopamine dressing’ because the idea is that after what we’ve all been through for the past 24 months, everyone is ready for an injection of the happy hormone,” a Abrams said. “Dressing in color really does that.”
But if you’re worried about straying from black, white and gray, Hallie has you covered, no matter the occasion or your color comfort zone.
“I always joke, ‘Is it kind of like salsa: mild, medium or hot, and how good are you?'” she explained.
First, Hallie showed off a bold, blue, asymmetrical dress.
“I love the idea of a formal dress that isn’t black,” she said. “We’ve added a little more dopamine with a rainbow earring and a rainbow clutch, and if, again, that’s not in your comfort level, you can use a nude clutch You can use a black clutch…you don’t need to go over the top The dress itself works well.
Abrams says asymmetrical styles can be a versatile choice for different ages and body types.
“You don’t feel like you’re showing too much skin,” she pointed out, “but it lets you show off the leg and the shoulder.”
This particular dress also featured a waist tie. So how do you master that finishing touch?
“There are no strict rules [to how you tie it]”, Hallie said. “Personally, I like it on the side. It’s a kind of balance [the asymmetry of the dress] and, generally speaking, on the side is usually more attractive.
Next, Hallie says floral prints are an easy way to dive into the trend.
“This one is a little less bold, but the orange pops out, so it works really well, and I like the idea of adding this orange rubber bag with it,” she described. “You can wear it to the beach and you can also pair it with a clutch and wear it to a wedding.”
Hallie paired both looks with a nude shoe. She says it’s a flattering and surefire choice for balancing out any level of brightness. Just be sure to choose the match for your skin tone.
“There are all different nudes the same way we all come in all different colors,” she said, “so trying to find one that really matches your skin tone is awesome.”
Another great way to look current? Adding some color to the oversized power suit trend.
“You can opt for a bolder shoulder without being totally a working girl [like] Melanie Griffith, where it looks professional and where you can separate the pieces,” Abrams told us. “The great thing about a suit is that she could wear that jacket over a little floral skirt or a black pants and that would be great. The pants on their own would be wonderful with a little sweater…and that way you kind of have three outfits in one.”
Hallie says sticking to a one-color suit creates a long, lean line — and can actually look less daring than mixing colors. But if you feel like going daring on a smaller scale, try an accessory.
“A purse, a shoe, a necklace, an earring,” she listed. “It’s a great way to wear other things you’re comfortable with and then incorporate that little bit of color.”
So feel free to go bold; there’s a way for everyone to brighten up their spring.
“I’m a big believer in what lights you up…and kind of tuning into that inner voice of what pulls you in and draws you in is the first place to start,” Hallie said. “Be honest about your confidence. When you put it on, how does it feel? And if it’s too much, then tone it down a bit.”