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Trending 2 August 2022

Dressing For Happiness: How to do Dopamine Style

Rock one of 2022’s hottest runway trends.

Dopamine dressing is a stylish way to boost your mood, express yourself, improve self-confidence, and stay on trend. As one of the biggest fashion trends of 2022, it's all about being creative and comfortable. The trend is sweeping social media, and despite the chill in the air, it's time to switch from neutrals to colours and fun pieces. So, say Goodbye to the drab and blah of neutral colours and hello to vibrant colours.

Words By Erin Visagie


Dopamine dressing is all about adding confidence to your wardrobe. Our selection of dopamine-friendly clothes will make you feel fabulous, confident, and like a boss woman.

One great look for on-the-go mood boosting is pairing a fun top with a cute coloured cargo skirt—a Miu Miu meets y2k vibe that will turn heads.

An excellent pick for the coloured cargo skirt look is the ASOS green cargo skirt; it’s flattering, embodies 90s chic, has a cute belt and is perfectly paired with a baby tee and some cute coloured sandals or bright knee-high boots.

For women wanting to venture more into the dopamine dressing trend, we suggest experimenting with bright pants or shirts before taking it up a notch with a vibrant co-ord set or a funky-coloured blazer.

If you want to add some pop of colour to your outfit, a bold coloured top can be a stylish choice, and If you’re looking for a more casual dopamine dressing look, you can choose a pair of patterned pants or an out-there skirt.

Dopamine dressing is all about wearing pieces you love and feeling confident and comfortable, so don’t be afraid to pair different patterns and colours together to create a look you love.

Get a taste of some of our best mood-boosting picks and find your favourite.

Rue Mariscal Frayed Embroidered Crocheted Cotton Maxi Dress, $2,856.20, Net-a-Porter


If you’re excited to try the dopamine trend, you’ll need a pair of shoes to match your outfit. Our favourite is the colourful Gia-borghini knotted heels. The orange hue is perfect for a co-ord set or to add some pizazz to a dull look. A great pair of shoes can make or break an outfit!

To dress in the dopamine trend, you should choose daring shoes. Of course, you don’t have to go for colours, but you can choose metallic or patterned shoes, and when you want to add a pop of colour, a pair of coloured heels is a great choice—for example, rocking some red or blue heels on a night out.

For a more casual look, you can choose a pair of patterned platform heels or some colourful sneakers, perfect for daytime or office wear.

To rock an IT-girl look, we recommend wearing a striking pair of heeled boots in a cool shade like red, purple, pink or even green to elevate your look.

Whether you’re looking for bright pumps, an IT-girl sneaker or some boots that make you feel runway ready in an instant, this could mean anything from a chunky slide to a strappy heel but don’t worry.

We’ve curated a selection of feel-good shoes to add to your collection.

Amina Muaddi Lupita Glass PVC and Leather Mules, $1,142.06, Net-a-Porter


Accessories are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. If you love accessories, you have endless options for fun, colourful, playful pieces to pair with your brightest and most vibrant ensembles.

Choosing the right accessories can turn any outfit into a feel-good one. But, of course, if you want to draw out your attractive features and make them stand out.

We recommend experimenting with statement jewellery pieces such as a pair of colourful hoops, a statement charm necklace or some eye-catching sunnies, sporting a bold coloured lip, experimenting with vibrant makeup looks, wearing a printed bucket cap or even wearing a coloured claw clip in your hair.

One of our favourite pieces is the Roxanne Assoulin rainbow earrings. These earrings are gorgeous to pair with any look, made with lovely enamel beads, have a lightweight feel, fall just below the jawline, and are perfect for improving your mood.

Discover more striking accessories below, no matter your budget.

Roxanne Assoulin Rainbow Lite Gold-tone Beaded Hoop Earrings, $114.70, Net-a-Porter


A handbag is an essential part of any outfit and a great way to add some flair to your look.

Whether you’re looking for a simple way to get into this trend or want to make a statement with a statement bag, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top 5 tips for buying the perfect dopamine-enhancing handbag for you:

1. Match the colours in your outfit with your bag.

2. Find one that matches your personality—and makes you feel confident!

3. Don’t be afraid to go big! Bags are easy to make a statement and show off your style.

A personal favourite of ours is the Balenciaga croc bag. This bag captures the very essence of the barbiecore trend and helps those who want to live out their Elle woods meets early 2000s celebrity vibe. This bag is the perfect confidence booster and will have the compliments rolling in, and is the ideal investment piece to splash some cash on.

Discover some of the best feel-good handbags picks below for any budget.

JACQUEMUS Rond Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,212, Net-a-Porter