Can Clothes Bring More Joy Into Your Life?

Can Clothes Bring More Joy Into Your Life?

I love clothes but can they really bring more joy into your life. Imogen from the Insideoutstyle blog talked about this and as she said, “I’m not sure anyone would answer “no” to this question.”

So how do you bring more joy in? And what’s it got to do with a style blog?

Fortunately, there are “joy” researchers in this world and one of them, Ingrid Fetell Lee, has found the answer to what brings us joy. What’s fabulous about her research is that it’s actually pretty simple to add more joy to your life through your wardrobe choices. You can watch her TED talk which that explains her research and what she discovered about adding more joy to your life.

So here are two things you should wear to bring more joy into your life

Add Color to your Outfit (as not monochromatic)

It’s true – color makes us feel more joyful. There is always a more positive reaction to an outfit that contains color, than one that is all neutral. We just can’t help it. Our brains are wired to enjoy seeing color.

So why not make sure every outfit you wear includes a color.

Why not find your happy color? A color that both brings you joy and you enjoy wearing – that flatters you.

My happy color is red which you can see below

Tasi in red outfits

I enjoy wearing color – and what’s really interesting – when I wear particularly colorful outfits I get really positive reactions from people. Here are a few examples and all are crossdressers.

Crossdressers in colorful outfits

Colors that suit you make you look more vibrant and healthy, even younger and more attractive.  So what are you waiting for?  If you’re not sure what colors suit you – sign up for Imogen’s 7 Steps to Style program and discover the colors that suit you!

Add Rounded Shapes

Interestingly in her research, round shapes, particularly those in abundance, also spark joy. So add patterns and rounded details to your outfits such as accessories.

rounded shapes

WhoWhatWear reports rounded shapes as a significant trend for 2018/2019

An accessory such as a necklace which is often made up of multiple round beads – a small and easy way to add some extra joy.  Particularly useful if you have to wear a more neutral corporate outfit to work

Patterns add more joy to the world (and your outfits)

  • Polka dots are fun
  • Florals often have a more circular/ rounded shape and are often abundant in their design too.
  • Leopard prints are also a variation on the circle and add life to an outfit
polka-dot outfits

Left side – Vikki LaFontaine

floral outfits

leopard print outfits


Patterns that are dense have a feeling of abundance – such as this butterfly print top are another option to bringing joy to your outfit.



Imogen Lamport from Insideoutstyleblog

Jill Chivers of 16 Style Types is always getting stopped in the street and complimented on her outfits – and there is no wonder- she wears colour and abundant curved patterns too!  Her outfits spark joy in herself as well as those who see her!  Such a simple way to make the world a happier place.

Jill Chivers outfits

So what are you going to wear tomorrow that will bring you (and the people who see you) more joy?

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