19 mood-boosting fashion buys because January is hard enough

Sometimes you just need to treat yo'self

mood boosting outfits

by Aimee Jakes |

Once Christmas is over, we suddenly have to contend with the harsh reality that 1) it's approx minus 28302 degrees outside 2) we are skint 3) we have to set a morning alarm.

However, fear not reader, there are a few things you can do for a mood boost and our vote is joyful dressing. Think about it. Why are we reaching for drab neutrals during the bleakest month of them all? Instead, let's choose colour! Pattern! Excitement!

We're talking edgy fits, mood-boosting motifs and a wardrobe that wouldn't look out of place on Emily In Paris. But er, probably a little less Chanel.

Research by Stitch Fix shows that a third of us (29%) experience a boost in our mood when wearing colourful clothing.

In addition, 20% say that feeling confident in colour elicits feelings of strength and increases energy levels.

Sounds pretty good to us. We've gathered together some of our favourite mood-boosting fashion buys, all guaranteed to leave you feelin' a little more cheerful. See ya, beige.

SHOP: our favourite mood-boosting buys for winter and beyond


Joyful fashion buys

Pink Geometric Ruched Crop Top
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A fun top that will instantly liven up your old pair of jeans.

Block-coloured jumper
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Colour-blocking made easy thanks to this adorable H&M knit.

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Update your OOTD with these playful rings.

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This dress is getting us in the mood for spring and dare we say, plans!

River Island
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Geometric and downright gorj, a River Island number for your wishlist.

Heart Print Cropped Cardigan
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Not only is this cardi joyful, but it's also giving us major Valentine's Day vibes. Get knit that does both.

Lilac and Orange Lindos Dress
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A dreamy colour block that can be dressed up or down.

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Trust Topshop to absolutely nail cheerful dressing.

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We never realised our life was missing purple velvet flats and now suddenly, they're all we can think about.

Wide Shoulder Draped Dress
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We're keeping this on standby for spring. Ob-sessed.

re_styld orange curved hem puffer coat
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Make your coat the focal point of your outfit with this satsuma-hued puffer.

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It's love at first scroll with this delightful midi.

New Look
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A handbag is a great way to sneak colour into an outfit. We love this bargain shoulder bag from New Look.

New Look
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We love this uplifting midi dress. We'll be wearing ours with a huge coat and white sneaks.

New Look
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Clashing red and pink is our favourite pastime.

Zinnea Sequin Mini Skirt in Rainbow
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Christmas may be over, but it doesn't mean you have to ditch the sequins. We love it styled with a simple black turtleneck for a chic evening outfit.

Teal Flower Swedish Dress
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If there is one thing NeverFullyDressed do better than anyone else, it's mood-boosting midi dresses.

Knitted jumper
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Combat the blues (by wearing it proudly!) with this snuggly jumper.

The Ragged Priest Roasted Jumper
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A fun jumper that will elevate any outfit.

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Everyone gets bad moods from time to time, and sometimes getting yourself a treat isn't the answer.

It's really important to be kind to yourself, because in the words of Ru Paul - "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you supposed to love somebody else?" Take a break if you need it, go for a walk or do some exercise.

Chatting to a friend, even if it's just about the latest episode of Too Hot To Handle, is also a great way to lift your mood and get some good vibes going.

Getting a good night's sleep is also one of the best ways to boost your mood, so make sure you get off Instagram in good time for a restful night's kip.

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