This Emotional Fashion Trend Is a Great Way to Silently Express Your Mood

Happy and sad at the same time...

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Summer’s Cutest Clothes Are Making Me Feel Very Emotional
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For a large majority of people, myself included, the past year-plus has felt like a chaotic rollercoaster of emotions. Between stressing about a worldwide health crisis and dealing with a handful of personal ones, I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm able to laugh or cry at any given moment, and every so often, I manage to do both simultaneously.

And wouldn't you know it, but fashion is imitating life, and emotional clothing and accessories are emerging as a definitive trend. Smiley face shirts, sweaters, dresses, and more are suddenly everywhere, partially due to that nostalgic '90s influence and an overall mission to make getting dressed feel joyful again. In some cases, however, the classic emoji is pictured upside-down or frowning instead, sending a silent signal that the wearer might just be going through something today (or for the 300th consecutive day).

After spending so much time adding these items to my own cart, I figured the rest of the world might want to check 'em out, too. Cue that Kacey Musgraves song — it's time see the cutest happy-sad clothing the Internet has to offer.

Lazy Oaf Happy Sad Pink Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

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Shop now: $119; lazyoaf.com

PacSun Smiley Face High Waisted Denim Festival Shorts

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Shop now: $50; pacsun.com

Spiritual Gangster Brooklyn Sweatshirt

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Shop now: $148; revolve.com

Sydney Evan 14K Yellow Gold & Diamond Happy Face Signet Ring

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Shop now: $2,730; saksfifthavenue.com

Moschino Platform Smiley-Face Sneakers

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Shop now: $585; farfetch.com

InStyle Smiley Face Tee

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Shop now: $35; bonfire.com

Rue21 Black Smiley Embroidered Dad Hat

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Shop now: $11; rue21.com

By Sami Ryan Smiley Good For You Crewneck

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Shop now: $76; bysamiiryan.com

Kule The Wink Face Bucket

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Shop now: $168; kule.com

Adinas Jewels Rainbow Smiley Face Beaded Necklace

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Shop now: $50; adinasjewels.com

Ganni Smiley Swimsuit

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Shop now: $192; farfetch.com

BDG Smile Zip-Up Hoodie Sweatshirt

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Shop now: $99; urbanoutfitters.com

FARM Rio Mixed Print Smiley® Shirt

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Shop now: $110; farmrio.com

Free People Romeo Super Scrunchie

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Shop now: $12; freepeople.com

Zara Smiley Happy Collection Dress

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Shop now: $30; zara.com

American Eagle Tailgate Women's Smiley Graphic Ringer T-Shirt

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Shop now: $30; ae.com

Aviator Nation Smiley Embroidered Sweatshirt

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Shop now: $166; bloomingdales.com

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Coney Island Picnic Smile/Frown Long Sleeve Tee

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Shop now: $39; urbanoutfitters.com

Zenzee Smiley Face Pool slide Sandal

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Shop now: $45; wolfandbadger.com

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