Can you boost your mood with clothes? Asks style columnist Kerri-Ann aka @thekaedit

Is it possible to beat the winter blues with a little style and sass in your wardrobe? Kerri-Ann Hargreaves aka The KA Edit explores the subject in her new monthly column with Staffordshire Living  

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Are you a mood dresser? Kerri-Ann Hargreaves – @thekaedit

If I learned anything from watching Sex and The City on repeat throughout my twenties it was that I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet {Carrie Bradshaw}. With the exception of my family, fashion is my first love. We all like to look good and feel good and a lot of times our mood can be reflected by the clothes we choose to wear.

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Are you a mood dresser? I know I am. It’s all about dressing for your mood in this post…read on!

The best clothes really are the ones that make you feel good, no matter what’s trending. It’s as simple as choosing an item of clothing that makes you feel your best. Ignore the trends, focus on how you feel in your clothes.

Over the years I have learned what brands fit me best, what styles flatter my figure and most of all that what I see and love in magazines doesn’t always transfer to my wardrobe. And that’s OK. As someone who loves fashion, researching trends and styling outfits – I truly believe that clothes don’t fully make the person, but they can certainly make us feel a certain way about ourselves.

I haven’t quite got to the stage of sitting in my wedding dress but I will wear sequins on the School run. And why not?

I love skinny or straight leg jeans, I loathe boot-cut. I love trainers and flats. Heels don’t love me. I love midi and maxi dresses. I feel more comfortable in a floaty dress than a figure-hugging dress.

What matters to me is creating a wardrobe that I look forward to opening each day. The process of getting dressed needs to be a joy and not one that leaves me with a ‘floordrobe’ screaming out loud that I don’t have any clothes.

I’m interested to know what you think. Does your mood influence your clothing choices or do your clothing choices influence your mood? If I’m being honest, I’d say that I sit somewhere in the middle. When I’m feeling low my first instinct might be to reach for loungewear or a chunky knit to hide under. And rather than let that feeling manifest I change my outfit. I choose happy. I haven’t quite got to the stage of sitting in my wedding dress but I will wear sequins on the School run. And why not?

I’m a planner by nature. My advice would be to plan out your outfits. For example, on a Sunday evening I lay out my clothes for a Monday morning. I opt for brighter colours to brighten up my day. I choose an outfit that I know will make me feel good. Monday mornings can be tough. I plan the night and week before or earlier if it’s a special occasion. Dressing to boost your mood is definitely a thing. Or at least it is for me.

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In January I find myself looking through my Spring/Summer wardrobe. Getting excited for wearing bright and wonderful floral dresses. Spring and Summer reminds me of feeling light and carefree. Granted that could be more to do with the gym sessions and impending holiday but you know what I’m trying to say.

That’s what makes fashion so fun. Because if you can’t have fun with your clothes when can you? Fashion should make you feel good – it’s all about confidence. About the feel good. If an item of clothing doesn’t make you feel good send it to the charity shop. Fashion shouldn’t be forced and you shouldn’t have to follow a trend. It’s always been my motto – if I look good, I feel good. Simple.

As one of my style icons once said ‘Most of the time I dress depending on my mood…’ (Kate Moss). A cute outfit can really make your day. If I wear something I look and feel good in, my mood goes way up.

What About You? Do you mood dress?


Newcastle-under-Lyme based-Kerri-Ann Hargreaves is author of the The KA Edit a life and style blog. Find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – @thekaedit. 

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