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Look on the bright side: How ‘dopamine dressing’ can banish the lockdown blues

We’d do anything to boost our mood right now, which is why many of us are embracing bright colours and bold prints. And the science shows that it might just make us happier

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Flying colours: Ade Oluokun takes inspiration from traditional African fabric prints. Photo by Mark Condren

Flying colours: Ade Oluokun takes inspiration from traditional African fabric prints. Photo by Mark Condren

Bright spark: Niamh Webb O'Rourke from Kilmallock, Co Limerick whose personal style has changed over lockdown; she is drawn to bright colours. Photo: Don Moloney

Bright spark: Niamh Webb O'Rourke from Kilmallock, Co Limerick whose personal style has changed over lockdown; she is drawn to bright colours. Photo: Don Moloney

Look lively: Ade Oluokun says 'Wearing prints and colour makes me feel alive'. Photo: Mark Condren

Look lively: Ade Oluokun says 'Wearing prints and colour makes me feel alive'. Photo: Mark Condren

Darcy printed jacquard dress, €191 at Kitri

Darcy printed jacquard dress, €191 at Kitri

River Island ruffle balloon sleeve blouse, €49.99 at Asos

River Island ruffle balloon sleeve blouse, €49.99 at Asos

. Guess corily convertible flap, €71.45 at Zalando

. Guess corily convertible flap, €71.45 at Zalando

Satin a-line midi skirt, €69 at & Other Stories

Satin a-line midi skirt, €69 at & Other Stories

Converse 70 high-top trainers, €90 at Brown Thomas

Converse 70 high-top trainers, €90 at Brown Thomas

Ade Oluokun - Wax Prints fabric style Pic:Mark Condren 5.4.2021

Ade Oluokun - Wax Prints fabric style Pic:Mark Condren 5.4.2021

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Flying colours: Ade Oluokun takes inspiration from traditional African fabric prints. Photo by Mark Condren

Every single day during lockdown, when many of us were still steadfastly refusing to wear anything but leggings, Niamh Webb O’Rourke applied a full face of makeup and got dressed up. And the brighter her clothes were, the louder the print, the better.

I always wore colour, but my love for it just grew. I wasn’t afraid any more and didn’t care what people thought,” she says. “Even if I was popping out to my local Supervalu, I’d dress up. Sometimes, one of the girls working there would say they liked my outfit, which pushed me on. I embraced my unique personal style.”


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