Dressing-Up If You’re Feeling Down: 5 Summer Outfits That Will Boost Your Mood

When it comes to fashion, there are too many rules. But there’s one fashion rule that I believe actually matters- and it’s simple: wear what makes you happy.

It’s been scientifically proven that wearing outfits that make you look good will also help you feel good, too. Win/win.

Since we’re all basically stuck at home now, fashion rules (or what was left) have been chucked out the window. If you’ve been feeling down lately, here are some of the coolest outfits to copy to boost your mood and get you back to feeling like your old (or newly-improved) self again.

1. Bianca Valle: Sporty-Chic

To date, Bianca Valle is one of my favorite “influencers” on Instagram.

Her effortlessly-chic-girl-next-door style + her outwardly positive attitude are as infectious as her brightly colored outfits.

One of my favorites? This unexpected (but *definitely works*) tie-dye and sport-shorts ‘fit. And, let us not ignore the shoes.

Wearing bright colors (especially if you’re feeling some shade of blue) will boost your mood, and may even improve your heart rate, blood pressure and respiration. Add a few of your favorite bracelets to dress up your sport-shorts, and you’re All Systems Go.

2. Leandra Medine-Cohen: Accessories

Speaking of accessories- when it comes to my shopping habits lately, my philosophy has been something along the lines of “if Leandra would wear it, so will I.”

The queen of accessorizing herself (founder of the ultra-cool-girl website, Man Repeller) is proof that you can pep-up even a t-shirt and jeans, if you try.

If you could you use a mood-boost- head to your jewelry stash and throw on the best-and-brightest that you own. The more the better…

3. Michelle Li: Soft & Sparkly

Is there anything more impractical than sequin shorts? I can’t think of anything. But, is there anything more guaranteed to lift your mood? Also… no.

Enter; the sequin shorts and oh-so-soft sweater duo.

One of the best parts about this outfit is that you can wear it out of the house and you’re guaranteed to bring a smile to other people’s faces- not just your own.

Life is short- wear the sequins.

4. Micaéla Verrelien: Dress-Up Shoes

I simply cannot deny my feelings for a fun dress + some chunky gym shoes. This formula will always win with me: it’s practically flawless.

And it’s easy, comfortable and trendy, too. Copying immediately.

5. Matilda Djerf: Just-Rolled-Out-Of-Bed-Chic

When I was saving outfits for this article, I was like, “I don’t really have a consistent sense of style! These won’t flow, or make any sense!?” But when I had all of these together, I realized- they actually are kind of cohesive? Like, I love contrasting colors and comfortability, and the interplay of casual and dressy,

This outfit is perfect because it’s a marriage of two of my favorite things; sleeping and sunning. For my WFH days, I typically don’t have the energy to put together a beautiful ensemble of clothes- and prioritizing comfort has been an integral part of my daily self-care practice.

My approach to this: a fun pair of linen (or pajama) shorts + a matching long sleeve top + a brightly colored tank or bralette + exactly one piece of fun jewelry- for *added flair*.

So: whose outfits are on your summer moodboard? What’s inspiring you lately? Tell me below ❤️

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