Clothing and style can improve mental wellbeing, so if you haven’t considered your wardrobe before, now is an excellent time to reorganize things and get in touch with your true self. Read on for some ideas and inspiration regarding style choices to enhance your life and wellness.
Psychologists have found that the clothes we wear have a cognitive effect thanks to their associations; for example, a white lab coat is often associated with a scientist, doctor, or professional technician, and putting one on brings those associations closer to home.
If you want to improve your mental health, then change what you wear! If you wear everyday clothes all the time, they start to become routine and mundane; on the other hand, wearing special clothing items now and then is inspiring and changes the way you feel and think.
It’s easy to follow the crowd and buy fast fashion, especially when it’s offered at low prices and has lots of discounts, but that’s not the best way to buy clothing for your life. One of the best things about fashion is its individuality; you get to align clothing items with your true identity.
In some ways, the clothing you choose helps to define your identity, which is another reason clothing choices can support your mental wellbeing. If you don’t know what to buy for yourself, don’t spend money yet; spend some time getting to know yourself with meditation and journals.
The shops are always promoting the next best thing when it comes to fashion, these styles are normally seasonal and adapted from the latest styles in magazines and catwalks, but you don’t have to take your inspirations from here; instead, you can choose items to match your lifestyle.
For instance, if you are heading off to Hawaii on vacation, you need to think about your style. Traditional Hawaiian styles are bright, colorful, and tropical; they are also comfortable and practical. You don’t have to pack a lot for a vacation to the island if you pack the right things.
Beauty+Gratitude with D’angelo Thompson
Special Guest: Hisham Oumlil, Menswear Designer
This Friday, D’angelo Thompson is joined by very special guest: Hisham Oumlil was born into a family of merchants in Casablanca, Morocco in October of 1972. It was they who, from an early age, taught him the beautiful art of trading. And it was the city, with its rich and illustrious history, that instilled within him a desire to tell stories through a visual medium. In time, an appreciation for the historical cultural exchanges between the people of Morocco and others developed within him. As a young man, he came to admire many international artists who made Morocco and in particular the city of tangier their second home and thus developed his own interest in exploring the world beyond his own shores, which brought him to the Unites States as a student in the early nineties.
Creativity and positive mental wellbeing go hand in hand; that’s why so many wellbeing practices include an element of creativity, such as writing, painting, and meditating. Again, there is a lot of creativity in the styles we choose and the wardrobe we build that supports wellbeing.
Get creative when shopping for clothing; check out all the thrift shops in your area and only for some nice second-hand pieces that are sustainable as well as fashionable. Think about the styles and colors of your items and how to create nice outfits to wear on specific occasions.
As with fashion items like lab coats and uniforms, the colors of clothing can influence our psychology and have an impact on our mental wellbeing. Colors also play a role in what the styles mean to us and when we are likely to wear them in the world. Think about your natural colors and study color palettes to choose some of the best combinations for your wardrobe.
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