Simple clothing cues, such as a big smiley face on the t-shirt or sweatshirt, are proven to make one significantly happier and more relaxed. People who changed into workout clothes directly after waking up, feel more ‘charge up’ to exercise. Also, happier people were found to care about dressing well, while people in trauma, understandably, were found to under-play their clothing. For example, people under clinical depression were found to incline towards ill- fitting clothes almost all the time. While people diagnosed with anxiety were found to do the opposite – they were obsessed with their dress to unhealthy degrees. By switching their attire, the same people were able to improve their mental states for the day.
When 42-year-old Danielle Armstrong, from Sydney, gets dressed in the morning, her outfit is cheerful and bright, even if she is not. Having suffered for years with depression, she made it her mission to start dressing in fun, colourful clothes each day and posting her outfits on fashion website “Fox in Flats”. She has a couple of staples to fall back on if she’s feeling low.