How Your Style Can Help You Beat the Winter Blues

There are many things that affect our moods, especially when it comes to the changing of the seasons.

Often during the winter, people find themselves increasingly tired due to the lack of direct sunlight and the shortened days. Depression, anxiety and other symptoms also abound in climates subject to harsh weather.

There are lots of things that can be done to beat these symptoms, but many people do not consider a change to their wardrobe or style habits to be a factor in beating the winter blues. They would be wrong.

Here are a few ways that changing up how you manage your style can change your winter outlook:

Get dressed up and get out of your house: So often during the winter, it is really easy to just want to curl up on the couch and be reclusive, but this is an easy path to creating lethargy and depression, not to mention that it is bad for your waistline. So put on some party clothes and get out and do something. Even if you just go to dinner. The fun clothing will make you feel good and getting out and about will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Go shopping: Buying something new always comes with that period of happiness formed by the knowledge that you have found something you are excited to own. Not going out of your way to break the bank, it is still sometimes good to just go out and find a piece of clothing or an accessory that makes you feel special. You will benefit from the endorphins and from a great new wardrobe item.

Color. Color. Color: There seems to be an unwritten rule that with gloomy weather comes a gloomy color palate in terms of our clothing. Often during the winter months, we are prone to wearing more dark neutrals, like black, brown and navy, rather than bright, vibrant hues. Not to say that everyone should go around sporting spring pastels, but putting on a rich berry hue, an emerald green or a bright sapphire can elevate your mood. Color is stimulating to the eye and in addition to helping with your own mood it will have a positive effect on those around you because the dynamic hues are visually pleasing to others as well.

Fabric does matter: Winter’s cold climates position us to need to wear heavier fabrics and more layers. While this may seem like a very simple thing, we often don’t consider the impact this can have on our daily mood. Consider how you feel when you cozy up at home on a cold day in front of your TV or fireplace. Finding clothing that suits your work needs but still gives you this level of comforting peace can be really rewarding and worth the effort. If you could find professional outfits that feel like pajamas, just imagine how much that would help impact your stress levels in the course of a day.

Know your body’s comfort temperature: It is cold outside, that is a given, but not realizing or knowing your body’s comfortable indoor temperature setting and finding ways to adhere to it can cause us to feel tired, anxious and restless. Pay attention to when you feel the most comfortable in places you spend the most time, like your house, car and office, and dress accordingly. Dress in layers so that you can add or detract to accommodate your current temperature. Feeling comfortable will go a long way toward helping your attitude and make you more productive overall. It also can help with aches and pains often brought on by the cold-inducing stiffness of winter.

Clear out your closet: In winter it is easy to fall prey to feelings of being trapped in our homes. With this comes a larger focus on what we think might be the flaws in our everyday living. Not only that, but with winter depression at an all-time high, people are more prone to focusing on anxiety triggers like clutter and disorganization. Because of this, a big snowstorm is a great time to de-clutter your closet. Focusing on getting rid of things that don’t make you feel good, or that you will not wear, putting away seasonal articles and opening up space will boost your adrenaline and help you feel like you are not trapped by your possessions as well as several feet of snow.

Donate clothing: After you have cleared out your closet, gather up and donate the articles to a local clothing bank or homeless shelter. The winter is a great time of need and passing on the items you no longer need not only will benefit others, but also yourself.

Avoid the frump: Too often winter clothing is bulky and slouchy. While this can do wonders for your levels of cozy comfort, it can also have an adverse effect and make you feel drab and frumpy. Find or wear clothing that appeals to your sense of comfort without being too frumpy. If you think you look good, it will boost your mood and you will feel more energetic and happy.

Its all in the details: Often winter fashion is often not considered as “fun” as clothing from other seasons. The holidays have sparkle and shine, spring and summer have flowy chiffons and funky patterns, and fall has rich hues and buttery leathers. In contrast, winter has soft knits and heavier fabrics, which are great to wear, but often lack many of the unique details found in these other seasonal aspects. Finding ways to spruce up your cold-weather items can be a great way to get more mileage out of your pieces as well as make them feel new and special. Add fun belts, layered chunky jewelry, colorful tights, pins, faux collars, great boots and more to make the most out of your simple winter fashions.

No matter how you choose to accomplish it, doing something different with your style, getting out and about, and loving the way you look can all help you make the most out of the winter wonderland and send the blues packing for another day.

Written by: Morgan Bassett Wicked Lovely Fashion