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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 that make you feel as good as you look.

At weddings

Summer nuptials are a staple of December–February social calendars and SABA has a fresh take on 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 is made from 100% silk twill, 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 , with spring pastel shades like mint green, dusty pink, and baby blue to complement the garden and spike dopamine.

Breezy are the perfect summer garden party outfit. With a super-soft feel, the Lumina Silk Long Sleeve 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 wardrobe that transitions effortlessly from desk to after-dark.

Our most loved is the obvious choice. Now available in a fresh alabaster hue, the Dharma 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 for an effortlessly cohesive look, or pair with a 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 is a dynamic choice. Breathable is key for all-day socialising, which is why we love this 100% . Boldly patterned for a pop of personality under , simply remove the and roll the cuff for a seamless on-to-off-duty transformation.

At the races

Your race day outfit should reflect summer formal wear 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 is the perfect day-at-the-races . Made from 100% lightweight cotton for all-day comfort, this 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 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 . Keep it classy, and avoid anything too revealing or informal.

More structured, but still moveable, the Amelia 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 , or a and dress . While a tie is optional, a cocktail event is the time to elevate. Redefine your approach in our Taranto Cotton Linen Suit Jacket and .


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