In “healing” speak, the chakras represent the seven energy centers of the body. Running from the bottom of the tailbone up to the crown of the head, these seven spots are especially key for harnessing our full potential. That’s because our life force energy (some might call it “spirit”) runs through these cosmic portals, “powering up” different organs and, in turn, ruling different areas of our lives.
Optimum wellbeing is the result of all seven chakras spinning at full speed, while blockages in any area can lead to dis-ease—often showing as emotional issues first, going on to manifest as physical ailments if not addressed.
So, how to get your chakras spinning at top velocity? Since each chakra is represented by a different color, the color of your outfit can help “charge up” the energy center that needs a boost. It's a genius practice that, as a New York transplant who has most definitely adopted the local tradition of mainly wearing black, isn’t always the easiest to follow. That's why I often wear just a touch of the chakra power color I need—a canary-yellow bra, a green crystal pendant, hot pink socks....
There’s a total guide to the chakra system in my book, Material Girl, Mystical World, but check out the below tips on how to find the color that will make you feel—and radiate—amazing vibes!
Location: Base of the tail bone.
Governs: Our overall sense of safety and material stability.
Connect to it for: An important meeting or interview.
Power color: Red. It's no wonder this color is traditionally said to bring more confidence to whoever wears it. Even a slick of bright red lipstick can do the trick!
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Location: Just below the navel.
Governs: Our creativity and sexuality, as well as how we feel about ourselves and others.
Connect to it for: Sexual confidence.
Power color: Orange, like the burning embers of our desire and the flames fanning our creative visions. Try a pretty tangerine balconette bra to harness some flirty energy before a date.
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SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Location: Just above the navel.
Governs: Our willpower, self-esteem, and drive to get things done.
Connect to it for: An energy boost.
Power color: Yellow. Yep, just like the Sun, aka the cosmic power charger that literally gets us up in the morning. How about a pair of bright yellow sneakers for your AM sweat session?
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Location: Center of the chest.
Governs: Our sense of compassion and unconditional love for ourselves and others.
Connect to it for: Empathy, serenity.
Power color: Green, as a reminder that we’re all bonded by our connection to the natural world. Think gorgeous emerald tones, not the slime seen on YouTube video tutorials!
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Location: Center of the throat.
Governs: Our ability to express ourselves and communicate with others.
Connect to it for: An important conversation, when you really need to be heard.
Power color: Blue. Perhaps the easiest color to incorporate into your everyday look—faded vintage denim totally counts.
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THIRD EYE CHAKRA
Location: Middle of the forehead.
Governs: Our imagination, wisdom, and intuition.
Connect to it for: A creativity boost.
Power color: Indigo. Think deep ocean hues, since this part of our psyche is also ruled by the water element. Bonus: This dark color is a great alternative to head-to-toe black.
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Location: Top of the head.
Governs: Our higher self and connection to spirit.
Connect to it for: A day filled with creativity and clarity.
Power color: White, which is one of the reasons white is so popular in spiritual circles! Also, it looks amazing for a summer barbeque—a great outfit option for when you know you’ll have a run-in with your ex. This is the color to keep you focused on what you really want in life.
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