Have you ever worn a certain piece of clothing to perk yourself up? I’ve been reading up about theories of chakras lately, and how different colors can really impact your moods—it’s so fascinating!
Chakra theory was first developed by Hindus and has since been adopted by Buddhists, as well. Basically, the body has seven main areas (or ‘wheels’) that act as energy points, starting from the pelvic region and leading up in a straight line to the top of the head. Each of the seven areas has a separate color that is believed to be responsible for different properties and healing powers.
Red governs the base chakra at the base of the spine. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth, and connects us to our physical body.
When to wear it: When you need a boost of self-confidence
Orange governs the sacral chakra located in the lower abdomen. It is the color of success and self-respect, helping us to remove our inhibitions and allowing us to be social.
When to wear it: When you’re feeling nervous about a big upcoming event
Yellow governs the solar plexus chakra, located below the ribs. It is associated with creativity and self-worth, controlling how we see ourselves and how others perceive us. It also aids in clarity of thought.
When to wear it: When you’re feeling a little foggy or indecisive
Green governs the heart chakra, relating to love and self-love. It is used for balancing our entire being, so we are able to give love to others and ourselves.
When to wear it: When you’re feeling flirtatious or mushy
Blue governs the throat chakra and is related to communication, the need to express ourselves and communicate our needs and requirements. This mentally relaxing color has a pacifying effect on the nervous system.
When to wear it: When you’re dreading an important conversation at work, or just stressed out
Indigo governs the brow chakra, or the third eye, in the center of the forehead. The indigo energy connects us to our unconscious self, and gives us the experience of being a part of the entire universe.
When to wear it: When you need a healthy dose of inspiration
Violet governs the crown chakra at the top of the head. Violet relates to self-knowledge and spiritual awareness, bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength, and also providing a healthy dose of creativity.
When to wear it: When you’re feeling a little ‘off’ or out of whack
Shop the post:
Red: Starstitch Eyelet Shell Tee, Madewell; Flash Bobbi Set, Ban.do; Balconette Bra, Topshop; Firefly Lake Heel, ModCloth; Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Sephora.
Orange: Cut-Out Flare Dress, Kate Spade Saturday; Scarlet Nile Drops, Baublebar; Matte Lipstick in Crush, Nasty Gal; Orange It’s Obvious, Essie; Emmy Bag, Kate Spade.
Yellow: Neon Braided Necklace, Baba Souk; Shorts, Kate Spade Saturday; Crystal Poker Face Studs, BaubleBar; Light Citron Clare Cardigan, J.Crew Factory; Falconwright Leather Wallet Pouch, UO.
Green: Striped Heart Tee, J.Crew; Laughin’ To The Bank, Deborah Lippmann; Elfin Emerald Studs, Catbird; Jade Watermelon Flat, Kate Spade; Nima Fringe Bangle, Baba Souk.
Blue: Faux Leather Tube Skirt, Zara; Nina Heels, Shoemint; Sea Level Necklace, Academy; Super Ciccio Eyeglasses, Madewell.
Indigo: Indigo Dye Easy Knit Tank, Splendid; Indigo Shibori Linen Skirt, Madewell; Indigo Punk Nail Lacquer, Butter London; Sea Shell Top, Made By Dawn; After School Boy Blazer, Essie.
Violet: Purple Wedge, Avarcas; Classic Deluxe Sunglasses, Wildfox; A-Line Skirt, Zara; Silk Top, Alice + Olivia.
Do you ever feel happier just because of the color that you’re wearing?