Dopamine Dressing: A how-to for the social season
14 Dec 2023
With weekend after weekend of events on the horizon, energy can start to lag. That’s where dopamine dressing comes in. A buzzword essentially meaning ‘feel good outfitting’, dopamine dressing should be top of mind when building your summer capsule wardrobe.
Creating high energy through your summer wardrobe is one way to get through the year’s busiest social season. This is our curated selection of dopamine dressing essentials – holiday outfits and Christmas party dresses that make you feel as good as you look.
Summer nuptials are a staple of December–February social calendars and SABA has a fresh take on dresses to wear at weddings. From the church to the reception, and then to the dancefloor, these feel-good summer party outfits go the distance.
Our new Starling Ombre Midi Dress is made from 100% silk twill, with a bird of paradise inspired print that transitions from vivid white to blackest blacks. The stunning high-contrast print combined with the silky feel is a guaranteed all-day mood booster.
The garden party
Sunshine season is all about relaxing in the great outdoors. Think semi-formal dress, with spring pastel shades like mint green, dusty pink, and baby blue to complement the garden and spike dopamine.
Breezy mini dresses are the perfect summer garden party outfit. With a super-soft feel, the Lumina Silk Long Sleeve Mini Dress is made from double georgette silk, with a self-tie waist and a luxurious drape. Plus, the stunning multicoloured print is an assured spirit-lifter.
After work drinks
The key to staying upbeat for post-work drinks is a summer work wardrobe that transitions effortlessly from desk to after-dark.
Our most loved Dharma is the obvious choice. Now available in a fresh alabaster hue, the Dharma Wide Leg Pant is made with a low-crease Japanese fabrication. From commuting, to all-day meetings and onto after-work drinks, you’ll look as fresh at 6pm as you did at 9am. Wear with the Dharma Vest for an effortlessly cohesive look, or pair with a silk cami for a feel-good texture that still delivers on aesthetics.
For men, the yearly work event is a chance to showcase the perfect Christmas party outfit. Our Anderson Long Sleeve Stripe Linen Shirt is a dynamic choice. Breathable is key for all-day socialising, which is why we love this 100% linen shirt. Boldly patterned for a pop of personality under suiting, simply remove the blazer and roll the cuff for a seamless on-to-off-duty transformation.
At the races
Your race day outfit should reflect summer formal wear dress and is governed largely by the same rules as wedding guest looks. Brighter coloured clothes reflect the mood of the season, and according to dopamine dressing experts, may just give you the energy to go the distance.
The Corella Maxi is the perfect day-at-the-races dress. Made from 100% lightweight cotton for all-day comfort, this maxi length dress has a relaxed, elasticised waist and a cheerful, colourful print that’s exclusive to SABA. Relaxed yet refined, this is the must-have item for racing season.
For men: the Cobert Button Through Knit Polo is a more laidback take on racing wear, and is exceptionally comfortable for long days spent trackside.
Summer cocktail attire for women is a dress code that offers the perfect balance between casual and formal dress. Keep it classy, and avoid anything too revealing or informal.
More structured, but still moveable, the Amelia Midi Skirt is made from 100% cotton lace with a high rise waist, a fit and flare silhouette, a zip to the back and a wide hemline.
Men’s cocktail dress generally means a casual suit, or a shirt and dress pants. While a tie is optional, a cocktail event is the time to elevate. Redefine your approach in our Taranto Cotton Linen Suit Jacket and pant.