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While traveling in the south of France last summer, I met a German woman who taught me something very valuable about fashion. After complimenting her on her outfit, she explained to me how she formulates her ensembles of the day, based on which chakras she wants to elevate. It fascinated me how she could control her moods and emotions by simply wearing certain colors.
The chakras of the body are made up of the seven main colors of the rainbow, located from the base of your spine to the top of your head. Each chakra has a particular purpose and properties that affect your brain differently. It turns out that there is a crossroads between fashion and wellness — why? The colors of each chakra along the spinal cord are directly coordinated with the light receptor cells in the retina. When these colors are captured by the retina they are converted into electrical impulses in the brain which releases hormones. By understanding this phenomenon, we get to decide every day how we want to utilize our power. Read on to discover how to dress to balance your chakras.
What are Chakras?
In Sanskrit, the word chakra means “disk” or “wheel”, and refers to the energy centers in your body. These wheels of spinning energy correspond to certain nerves and major organs. To function at their best, your chakras need to stay open, or balanced. If they get blocked, you may experience physical or emotional symptoms related to a particular chakra. By wearing certain colors to elevate your chakras, you can control how you feel — and who wouldn’t want that!
How to dress to elevate your Root Chakra
Placed below the spine, this red-colored chakra is near your sexual organs. It serves our connection with the earth, which relates to our survival instincts, sense of grounding, and connection to our bodies. It is responsible for our sexuality, agility, courage, security, and fight and escape abilities. Sense of smell is related to this earth element/energy body. Imbalances in the Root Chakra involve scattered energies of fear and anxiety. This blockage can manifest physical issues like arthritis, consolation, bladder or colon problems, as well as emotional issues like feeling insecure about finances or our basic needs and well-being. Negative traits that signal imbalance in our Root Chakra are feeling lack of control, selfishness, and stubbornness. When the Root Chakra is aligned and open, we experience feelings of grounding and security, in both a physical and emotional sense. We gain traits such as ambition, confidence, and determination while encouraging us to be both active and charming.
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How to dress to elevate your Sacral Chakra
Next up is the Sacral Chakra, placed about 2-3 fingers below your navel and colored orange. It represents the water element, which connects us through emotions, feelings, desires, sensations, and movements. This chakra brings us sexual fulfillment, humility, ability to give love/service to others, and helps us deal with fear and anxiety. Imbalances with this chakra are physically expressed via issues associated with organs such as urinary tract infections, lower back pain, and impotence. Emotions linked to this blockage include having ongoing fears of death, being unemotional or impassive, and being closed-minded. A balanced Sacral Chakra allows you to freely express your emotions and sexuality, promotes creativity, and encourages you to experience life’s pleasures with all your senses. Your hospitality, humility, honesty, consistency, passion, and progressive mindset all come to play when you balance this chakra.
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How to dress to elevate your Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus, the yellow-colored chakra, concerns our ego-identity. Regarded as the fire element, it enables our autonomy, abilities to communicate with friends and understand others, and develop wisdom. This energy center gives heat and is linked to our self-esteem and happiness, as well as our metabolism while regulating our sense of sight. Passiveness and indecisiveness are signs of an underactive Solar Plexus Chakra while aggressiveness and imperiousness signal this chakra being overactive. Expressing emotions of hatred, greed, and grumpiness are emotional traits of this imbalance, while physical symptoms include digestive issues like ulcers, heartburn, eating disorders, and indigestion. When open and balanced, you feel in control, energetic, and certify a sense of dignity for yourself. This element is critical in helping you achieve your goals.
To balance this chakra, I would wear the Carly One-Shoulder Maxi Dress.
How to dress to elevate your Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra is all about love and relationships with yourself and others. Represented by the color green, this chakra is situated in the middle of the chest, just above the heart. This air element chakra represents our love with ourselves and others, governs our relationships, and controls our sense of touch. When imbalanced, you tend to be cold, unfriendly, and selfish; it is also common for you to put others before yourself and your own well-being as it is hard for you to say no. This inalignment can make us feel lonely, insecure, and isolated. It can also cause physical problems with your heart health, asthma, and weight. When balanced, you express compassion, unconditional love, empathy, kindness, sincerity, and acceptance towards yourself and others.
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How to dress to elevate your Throat Chakra
Our blue-colored chakra is placed in the throat and concerns the space/ether elements. This chakra influences communication through our voice sense, thus facilitating creativity and inventiveness in speech while rooting our desire to create peace and determine the nature of relationships. Voice and throat problems, as well as any problems surrounding that area, such as teeth, gums, mouth, can indicate a blockage. Misalignment is also signaled through dominating conversations, gossiping, speaking without thinking, and having trouble speaking your mind. Some negative aspects involved with this lack of alignment release negative traits such as lying, and deception. With an unblocked and aligned Throat Chakra, you speak clearly and confidently, while also listening attentively. You are consistent, fascinated and charming, idealistic, loyal, peaceful, and progressive.
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How to dress to elevate your Third Eye Chakra
Located between the eyebrows, this indigo-colored chakra is also referred to as the « third eye. » Represented by the light element, it guides us towards illumination by commanding our minds to turn thoughts into actions. This chakra manifests our dreams into a reality and creates stability. Blockage signals of this chakra include headaches, issues with sight or concentration, and hearing problems. Having trouble listening to others, or not being in touch with your intuitions also indicate misalignment. When your Third Eye Chakra is in alignment, you follow your intuition as you are reflective, calm, inspiring, and gain a sense of serenity.
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How to dress to elevate your Crown Chakra
This white or violet-colored energy center is situated on the very tops of our heads and links itself to every other chakra and organ below it. It is responsible for our awareness and intelligence by stimulating our understanding of the world and our drive to advance our knowledge and wisdom through the thought element. With a blocked Crown Chakra, you seem narrow-minded, skeptical, or stubborn, as well as experiencing disillusionment, melancholy, or restlessness. Signs of psychosis, dissociation from the body, and feeling ungrounded manifest from this blockage. Alignment of the Crown Chakra will bring you peace and a clear perspective, helping us tap into our spirituality.
When I am feeling low, I know the Stella Dress in White has got me covered!