Shades To Shop If Your Wardrobe Is In Need Of A Sartorial Serotonin Boost
Author: RIISE Team
Original reporting by Bianca Farmakis. Additional reporting by Lucy Jones.
DOCUMENTED BY: RIISE
Documented By: RIISE
The brightest tones of the world are making their way into our wardrobes this year as we become more daring, more inspired and more ready to embrace colour when outfit planning.
It’s all about wearing how we feel. Dark and neutreal shades are being swapped for effervescent pieces as trend forecasters and brands alike adopt an optimistic approach to getting dressed. The psychology is simple, yet founded: certain hues are associated with certain emotions.
Lilacs and periwinkle blues speak to serene style lovers, depicting feelings of sophistication, creativity and calm. Canary yellow displays cheer and happiness, hot pink reflects high energy and optimism and poppy orange, easily one of the most popular colours of last year, mirrors enthusiasm and excitement.
Though different colours might evoke different feelings for each individual, it’s apparent that the brighter shades we’re seeing springing up in collections and dominating runways have universal mood-elevating qualities.
If dopamine dressing is the sartorial serotonin boost you’ve been waiting for, then please, allow us. We’re delivering six looks to help brighten your wardrobe and keep you optimistically on trend for the year ahead (and every year after that).
A new dawn of power dressing is upon us, with conventional navy and black suits falling to the fringes. In their place? A soothing shade of mint in the form of Jillian Boustred's Darcey Oversized Blazer and Trouser. Crafted from linen, the relaxed silhouette, finished with a fabric belt and button closures, pairs 70s glamour with modern flair for a look that would make Jane Birkin blush with pride. May no boardroom be dull, no corporate event be stale – this is a set that was born to be seen.
The calm aura of the ocean captured in a piece of clothing. Well, two pieces of clothing to be exact. Autark's Relaxed Fit Shirt and Short set is an azure dream that will transport you to the coast of Capri. It's made from soft organic cotton and blends the best of men’s tailoring with chic and comfortable style. Pour yourself an Aperol spritz and live out your best White Lotus fantasy in this oversized set.
Dopamine dressing isn’t the only trend surging right now, with the likes of Y2K and early noughties party glamour returning to the forefront. Whether you’ve been inundated with nostalgic TikTok-style vids or your feed is clogged with Destiny’s Child’s finest fits, Brie Leon's Samira Bag is a timeless way to pay homage to the era. The faux snakeskin bag is made from apple leather and recycled PU with a recycled cotton canvas lining. It works well with a LBD to dance the night away, clashed against another bold colour (think pinks and yellows) or worn simply with a plain white tee and jeans.
Off-the-clock suits require a special touch of flair to achieve the necessary balance between relaxed and sophisticated. Arnsdorf’s buttery-hued Joan Jacket and Relaxed Trouser combination fits the profile – and is as delicious as it sounds. Made from recycled Japanese polyester, the suit’s calming flaxen tone, combined with a single-breasted, loose fit, is the perfect addition to nights spent dining with friends or weekend outings. Pair it with a white T-shirt to complement the subtle tailoring or peep a lingerie piece beneath for a saucier style that will make people (not the planet) melt.
Dial up the serotonin of your next cocktail hour with this gorgeous green number by Jillian Boustred. The Regina Dress is cut from 100 per cent linen that hugs the figure in all the right spots, creating an hourglass silhouette fit for the red carpet. It's two-tone forest and lime green palette recalls dappled light falling through trees on a summer afternoon. It’s a welcome change from the classic black party dress and one that's sure to bring a splash of euphoria to your wardrobe.
Finally, what is colour without a touch of custom fit? Le Studio’s made-to-order All Terrain Shirt takes two of the hottest hues of the year and fits them together in an oversized button-down that bridges the gap between comfortable and fashionable. With elements of classic shirt tailoring, the breezy garment is so unique it conjures its own colour to describe itself. For those looking to live out a summer fantasy or layer up to embrace the throes of winter, this long-sleeved nod to brighter days is the pinnacle piece.