Joyful fashion to add fun to your wardrobe and boost your mood this January

January feels like it has lasted approximately 68 days already – with spring still a reach away, it can be tempting to crawl into your grey sweats and call it a day. The perfect antidote to the longest, greyest month of the year? Dopamine dressing.

Mood-lifting, serotonin-boosting ‘dopamine dressing’ is a big trend for 2022 and it simply means to embrace the fun, joyous side of fashion. We’re talking colour, tactile textures, frills, flounces, volume and more – if it brings a smile to your face, that’s the ticket to joyous dressing. Of course, we’re not saying you have to dress like a head to toe rainbow (although we won’t stand in your way if you want to), even just a brightly coloured jumper, jazzy patterned trousers or an unexpected earring will do the trick.

If you need any more inspiration for how to dress joyously, the Instagram accounts of influencers such as sisters @fellaby and @meganellaby are basically a masterclass in the style.

So we’ve scoured the high street and independent brands for 19 of the most joyous (but still completely wearable) clothing and accessories that you can start integrating into your wardrobe right now. Nothing is an antidote to a grey Tuesday like a multicoloured knit or vibrant T-shirt…

19 pieces of joyful fashion to make you smile:

fuchsia roll neck jumper

High Neck Knit Sweater, £29.99, ZARA

green satin shirt

Wide blouse, £17.99, H&M

animal print trousers

Janice Animal Print Cotton Velvet Trousers, £125, KITRI

Puff sleeve dress, £39.50, Marks & Spencer

abstract print dungarees
Lucy & Yak

L.E. Original Dungaree: ORGANIC TWILL – Hendrix Print, £60, Lucy & Yak

City coat, £65, Marks & Spencer

stripe half zip top

Striped knit sweater, £49.99, Mango

pale green fur fur trim coat

ASOS DESIGN Curve leather look belted coat with borg trim in pistachio, £80, ASOS

autograph jumper

Wool jumper, £69, Marks & Spencer

smiley face necklace
Hey Harper

Miley Necklace, £43, Hey Harper

red pink stripe jumper

Curve Diagonal Stripe Knit Jumper, £55.20 (was £69), Warehouse

orange midi dress

Orange lettuce hem midi dress, £30, Monki

Heart print top, £42, Marks & Spencer

red handbag

Chain bag, £19.99 (was £29.99), Reserved

Midi dress, £39, Marks & Spencer

wave print high neck top
Saturday by Megan Ellaby

The Taylor Clam & Wave Print High Neck Top, £40, Saturday by Megan Ellaby

Sweatshirt, £15 and Joggers, £15, both Marks & Spencer

blue swirly dress
House of Sunny

The Blue Moon Dress, £115, House of Sunny

Lazy Oaf

LO X David Méndez Alonso Good Trip Scarf, £45, Lazy Oaf