Add Color to Your Wardrobe and Beat the Winter Blues

Do you have a case of the winter blues? During the winter months, when the weather is cold and gray, many people find themselves feeling more tired than usual. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to overcome the winter blahs, including changing up your wardrobe!

As it turns out, there’s a scientific link between colors and our emotions. Seeing certain colors produces hormones that reduce stress and make us feel happier. So, even when the weather is dark and gloomy, adding a pop of color to your wardrobe can help to lift your spirits.

Beat the winter blues by incorporating these fun, vibrant colors into your wardrobe:

Sunny yellow

A lack of sunlight in the winter months can put a damper on your mood. However, just seeing the color yellow can make you feel better on a cold, gray day! Research shows that yellow promotes energy, optimism, and happiness. If you don’t think you can pull off this bright hue, try a more subtle shade of yellow, like mustard.

Yellow short sleeved dress from Ohio Valley Goodwill

Yellow short-sleeved dress

Mannequin dressed in yellow blouse with black slacks

Yellow blouse from Goodwill

Cable-knit sweater from Goodwill

Cable-knit sweater from Goodwill







Powerful red

Red evokes power, confidence, and success. There’s even scientific evidence that wearing the color red increases the chances of teams winning in sports! If you’re not ready to wear red all over, don’t worry. You can still incorporate red in your wardrobe with accessories like scarves or jewelry. You don’t have to choose the boldest cherry red, either. Warmer tones like burgundy will have the same effect!

mannequin dressed in red vest with red pants at Ohio Valley Goodwill

Red vest and pants

Mannequin dressed in Red and black blouse with red pencil skirt from Goodwill

Red pencil skirt 





Enchanting emerald

In color psychology, green symbolizes nature, growth, and health. This color is another easy addition to any wardrobe because it pairs well with most other colors from the color palette. In the winter months, look for darker greens like emerald and olive to pair with the black, white, or gray clothing you already have in your closet.

Mannequin dressed in green blouse with navy pants

Green blouse with navy pants

Green Dress with Blazer











Calming blue

Blue is one of the best colors to wear in the winter because it has a calming, stress-reducing effect. It’s actually the most popular color in the world, maybe because it reminds us of peaceful blue skies and seas. For a subtle way to wear blue, try a darker navy or a light, powder blue. Or, make a statement with a brighter shade like cobalt or turquoise.

Blue Trenchcoat

Blue Sweater










No matter what colors you choose this winter, the most important thing is to wear what makes you feel happy and confident! When you’re ready to add more color to your winter wardrobe, look no further than Ohio Valley Goodwill. Our retail stores are always stocked with a fantastic selection of clothing and accessories in every color of the rainbow. Since our inventory is constantly updated, you never know what you might find from one day to the next!


When you shop at your local Goodwill store, you not only get great products at a great price, but you also Bring Good Home. That’s because Ohio Valley Goodwill is more than a Cincinnati thrift store, we’re a non-profit organization with a mission to change lives through the power of work. Every time you shop in one of our stores, you support job training and employment services for veterans and individuals with disabilities in your community. Now that’s a good thing!

Find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill retail store and check out our monthly sales calendars for even more opportunities to save on your Goodwill purchases.