Stylist shares her tips for dressing to increase your dopamine levels

During these unprecedented times many of us probably enjoyed the novelty of not having to get dressed for work instead opting for comfy clothes.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 1:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th August 2020, 1:40 pm

But with normality slowly returning, pubs opening and people returning to work it is understandable if people are feeling a little lost and not sure where to start.

Personal stylist and confidence coach Leanne Bodis explains how it is important to find joy in the little things.

“Research has down that wearing colour and things we love releases dopamine, known as the happy hormone, meaning dressing for you and no-one else really can instantly boost your mood.”

Easy to ways to inject a bit of happiness into your wardrobe can be putting on your favourite lipstick, or just taking a simple five minutes planning your outfit, are small steps to transforming your mood and boosting productivity.

She said: “Think about how you feel wearing your favourite dress- the one that fits perfectly, in a colour makes you feel like you can take on the world. Items like this, are often saved for best or a “special occasion”. In actuality this is often less than four times a year. Now imagine feeling that same confidence every day, wearing colours, styles and shapes that make you feel nothing less that incredible.”

On social media a growing trends has been #dressupFriday where people get dressed up in their ‘best’ clothes and share it with others doing the same.

“I would love to challenge more people to do that here. Push yourself to take five minutes out of your day to make simple tweaks to your outfit that boosts your mood," Leanne, who is based in Steyning, said.

“You don’t need to be wearing the latest trends or pushing yourself to dress like others, but it is truly life changing when you begin to dress for yourself wearing clothing and colours which not only look great but also transform your mood.”

A study by the Waste and Resources Action Programme released findings in June that two if five UK residents were having a clearout of clothing uring lockdown.

The ‘Citizens Insights: Textiles and Covid-19 Survey’ predicted that the British public were set to dispose of 67 million unwanted textiles during the Covid19 lockdown.

If you were one of those people that looked in their wardrobe and found it a little lacking Leanne has some tips on adding some excitement to your wardrobe.

She said: “Firstly, colour, colour, colour. Finding the colour palette that works for you and your complexion can often make you look more youthful and radiant.

“I find that accessories are a great way to add interest and texture to an outfit without breaking the bank. Fun earrings, printed belts or a colour pop bags are a great place to start.

“At the moment I am loving earrings from Hattie Buzzard. It is an independent, sustainable brand creating gorgeous, quirky and colourful designs. A great way to add a pop of colour and no two earring is the same as they are all handmade.”

“Also think about how you can reinvent your best items and make them work everyday. Try layering up your silk evening cami under a blazer with jeans for a more casual off-duty look.”

Leanne is nearly fully booked for August, and she can’t wait to get back to face to face consultations.

Leanne started her career working as a personal shopper and stylist for one of the UK’s biggest retailers.

In 2018 she decided to venture into freelance styling and hasn’t looked back.

She has worked with the likes of Debenhams, Tangle Teezer, Miss England and Hey Peachy.

She said: “I have styled shoots for some of the UK’s top brands but my true passion lies with Personal styling and coaching.

Services she offers include virtual lookbook, wardrobe detox and styling sessions.

For more information on Leanne and the services she does visit is currently offering free consultation calls where she will discuss how you can feel amazing every day.

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