Fearne Cotton’s simple dressing tip will lift your mood on difficult days

With now being an incredibly stressful time, it’s up to all of us to find small ways to lift our daily moods, be it listening to a great podcast or giving ourselves an at-home mani. And another thing we could all be doing is something recommended by Fearne Cotton, and it involves a small wardrobe adjustment. 

The presenter and podcaster shared a photo of herself in a brightly coloured stripy Olivia Rubin cardigan earlier this week, noting she hoped the colour palette would improve her mood (a tip she had apparently taken from her Celebrity Juice co-star Keith Lemon). 

‘Taking advice from @keithlemon and wearing bright colours to lift the mood at home. #StayAtHomeSeries #stayhome @oliviarubin,’ she wrote in the caption. Unfortunately, Fearne’s exact cardigan is out of stock, but the brand do a similar design that’s just as joy-inducing. 

Olivia rubin cardiganMika Cardigan, £250, Olivia Rubin

But can wearing bright colours actually lift your mood during a stressful time such as the one we are living in right now? Well, experts seem to agree that the answer is yes.

Jules Standish, author of How Not To Wear Black, told the Daily Mail: ‘research shows that colours can have a psychological effect.’

’When we look at certain colours it triggers neurological responses in the brain, and causes the hypothalamus gland to release hormones.’

Indeed, colour psychology is a legitimate concept, and one which has been looked into in depth over the years. It is described as ‘the effects of the electro-magnetic radiation of light on human mood and behaviour – a universal, psychophysical reaction.’ 

And certain colours can really elicit different reactions, apparently. Red, for example, is a very powerful, strong colour that can stand for both courage and aggression. Yellow is a very emotional colour, and represents a range of emotions, be it positives such as optimism and confidence, or negatives like irrationality and fear.

Pantone colour of the year 2020

So which colour should you be wearing right now? May we suggest the Pantone 2020 Colour Of The Year, Classic Blue, which couldn’t be more relevant right now. Described as a calming colour, ‘the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era,’ say Pantone. You can say that again. 

Standish supports this idea, too, in her comments to the Daily Mail: ‘Cool blues… have been linked to the release of oxytocin, making you feel of calm.’

Whatever colour you wear right now, just pick one that makes you feel good – it’s a small factor, but one that could make a big difference.