The days are becoming darker and shorter and naturally some of us will experience low mood and even depression. For an unlucky few, all of this darkness and less exposure to the sunshine will turn into SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Colour is a wonderful therapy and we look at how a brighter and more cheerful wardrobe can help to counteract some of the negative aspects of low mood levels.
SAD affects levels of hormones, particularly those that control our sleep and wake cycles and the ones that regulate our anxiety, feelings of happiness and mood. Symptoms of SAD include irritability, hopelessness, tiredness, low energy, carbohydrate cravings and loss of interest in activities, affecting the normal functioning to your daily routine.
Depending on how severe your symptoms are, there are simple solutions to help you feel better. Fashionistas will agree that giving some greater thought about the colours you wear is often a good starting point to boost your mood.
Colour can have a strong impact on appetite, mood and your ability to focus. Those already clued up will know all about colours associated with feeling blue and those associated with happiness. Why not use those emotional cues to fix your mood, to one of a cheerier disposition?
Why not baby-step your way into designing an upbeat day by finding a colour that works for you? We have been making a mental note of this seasons’ fashion colours, check out our SAD-busting fashion edit below and infuse mood boosting colours into your daily style.
The Yellow Sweatshirt
IVY PARK Blouson Bardot Sweatshirt, £60 Shop here
The Red Coat
Next: Patch pocket red coat, £75 Shop Here
The Yellow Dress
Very Exclusive: Alice McCall Power Lady Pleated Cut Out Dress £420 Shop Here
The Green Skirt
Mango: Sequin skirt, aqua green, £69.99 Shop Here
The Metalic Skirt
John Lewis & Partners: Bruce by Bruce Oldfield Pleated Skirt, Metallic Bronze, £99 Shop here
The Orange Knit Top
The OUTNET: Solace London Elsa, Off the shoulder, Orange Stretch Knit Top, £145 Shop Here
The Pink Suede Boots
Office: Pink Leather Suede Mix Low Heel Boots, £96 Shop here
The Blue Floral Jumpsuit
Miss Selfridge: Blue Floral Print Twisted Jumpsuit, Was £45 Now £15 Shop here
The Gold Backpack
John Lewis & Partners: AND/OR Isabella Metallic Mini Leather Backpack, Gold, £65 Shop here
The Red Dress
Wallis: Red Animal Print Midi Fit and Flare Dress, £55 Shop here
If you are reading this post and you feel as though you may need support and help, please get in touch with your doctor.