As many of you lovelies know, fashion is something that can change as fast of the seasons outdoors. Because of these changes, it can be hard to stay positive both mentally and physically. This is something I have been struggling with lately, as I still want to look and feel my best no matter what the temperature is outside.
If you’re reading this from the east coast, you probably have felt a bit sad lately as the weather is changing, or should I say S.A.D., as in Seasonal Affective Disorder. S.A.D. is defined as a type of depression that occurs during the changing of seasons. Here in Ohio, we receive the highest number of cases of S.A.D. I personally believe this is because the changes in the weather here are insane, as you can need a sweater one day and then wear flip flips the next. Combine that with car issues from the weather, dry skin and have only about six hours of sunlight, it’s completely easy to find yourself feeling depressed. Besides doing the necessary self-care you’re used to (prayer, baths, good music), having your style be reflective of how you want to feel instead of how you’re feeling is imperative to retaining your mental health. Here are
some tips for slaying through the S.A.D.
- Always add color to your look
I always try to add bold and bright colors to my look, as those colors make me feel good. In many of my style choices, I’m wearing something fun and flirty to elevate my mood. There are many scientific studies that have proven some colors affect your mood and the changes they can make. While the winter usually brings dark colors, changing certain pieces can make you feel more vibrant as you navigate through the day.
- Find excuses to look “extra”
Two fictional women that never looked like what they were going through were Regine Hunter and Whitley Gilbert (I’m not saying what shows they’re from, you should know). I’ve been taking a page from that book lately, as well as going back to my 15-year-old self who literally never cared about being too extra. When you create the look beforehand and watch your vision come to life, you will feel like not only do you have it together, but you look good while you do it.
- Plan your outfits for the week
To add on to creating looks, making this a weekly thing can definitely help your mind focus on something other than the harsh weather. This is a childhood routine that I recently brought back into my adulthood. Not only does this give you more time to rest at night, it also allows you to get excited about what you’re going to wear throughout the week. Another bonus of this is you get to watch how the clothes disappear as you get closer and closer to the weekend lol.
What are some ways that you’re currently slaying through S.A.D.? I’d love to hear from you guys!
What I’m wearing:
Jacket: Thrifted, similar look can be found here
Bodysuit: Charlotte Russe, similar look can be found here
Pants: Thrifted, similar look can be found here
Boots: TJ Maxx, similar look can be found here
Sunglasses: Express, similar look can be found here
Photos by Bea