When we get dressed in the morning we put on the clothes we either picked out yesterday or just go into our closets, pull something out and throw it on. Then we proceeded to think about how it would look with everything else that we have on and in some cases how we are portraying ourselves to the people around us. That’s what the colors of our wardrobes do, they evoke a feeling from other people. It can be a simple subconscious emotion that one may get or a completely visible reaction that they wear on their face or sleeve. But one thing is for sure, it definitely gives of a vibe. Each color gives off its own meaning and message to someone else, so the important thing to do is dress for the occasion, but more importantly is dressing for the impression and the reputation.
The basic and the most pure color is white. In fact, it is actually the absence of color that makes white what it is. It symbolizes purity and innocence. For this reason a bride is almost always in a white dress or gown. It is also the ultimate neutral color, it reflects light and highlights everything around it because around it is only color. You really can’t go wrong with white, unless it’s all white and after Labor Day.
Black is the complete opposite of white, it is the combination of all the colors into one. Like a black hole, the color sucks everything in. Which as it turns out works for clothing and appearance. Putting on something black will automatically make you appear slimmer, and even though it’s a dark color it can bring happiness with that little illusion. More known for being a formal color and one that shows authority, strength, intelligence but also represents evil. That is why most villains are portrayed in dark colors, shadows and is why when people have negative emotions about someone they are usually in black attire.
The most used color of all and the reason it is also the most popular color is blue. A sign of trustworthiness, calmness and relaxation. For this reason one of the top choices for interviews or any meeting is a blue suit. It gives off a trusting and calming vibe to the other person which is exactly what is hoped for in that situation. The color also stimulates thought better and that’s why people in blue rooms are more productive and why some of the world’s top companies have blue logos.
Yellow is a color that really hits and affects the eye in many ways. On one side it’s a ray of sunshine where it brings happiness and optimism to the room. However, too much of it can get irritating fairly quickly and bring out anger effects and anxiety. Being on both sides of the spectrum, pun intended, is a very risky road to take. But style and fashion is about takings risks, so risk the sunshine and maybe cause a style flare while you’re at it.
Everyone gets green with envy when they shouldn’t. Green symbolizes nature and balance. Two things that actually go hand in hand. There is a balance in nature and the color has a relaxing effect. Green is all around us in the grass, the trees, leaves and we all dream of having all the green in the world. Yes, referring to money and if we had all that green, wouldn’t we be relaxed? You bet. So next time you want to portray a feeling of balance and relaxing, wear green. It’s easy on the eyes, and so should you be to look sharp.
The most talked about and emotion evoking color is red. It is the ultimate eye catcher. Red catches attention whether you like it or not. It portrays strength, power and energy. Red makes us act more spontaneous and aggressive. For this reason red is the romance color and not subtle at all. It is actually the opposite and often causes a jump in heart rate which makes decision making less rational. A University of Rochester study showed that red actually enhances men’s attraction to women. That’s why women wear it, to draw attention and make the guy act primitive. Negotiating in red might actually work against you, so if looking for a mate, it will definitely attract them but the personality is what has to keep them.
Pink, the subtle version of red and with a mix of white is a tranquil and soothing color. A feminine color per say and it takes a truly confident FashionMR to wear pink. Because of its soothing feeling it brings warmth to the person opposite of you and portrays kindness. Too much pink can actually end up draining you of energy. So if are brave enough to wear pink, don’t overdo it and appear as if you are wearing a unitard. You might not have enough energy to actually go anywhere, which might be a blessing after all.
The color of kings and royalty has historically been purple. The color embodies quality, power and elegance. It also gives off a lavish feeling. If your goal is to portray quality and the finer things in life, then purple should be your go-to color. It does evoke contemplation and meditation so you and the company you are with can get stuck in a thinking mood. Then after the drinks come they might expect you to pay. Wear it proud, but be careful and not give off the subconscious “I got the check” vibe.
Orange is the new red, but a more fun subdued version. It portrays energy and stimulates enthusiasm. It’s still a bright and friendly color but not as sharp and aggressive as red. It is the new red alternative to stand out and to say to the world, “Yeah, I know you notice me, and I don’t take myself too seriously, so let’s have a great time.” Orange brings out the fun in everyone, so if you are usually the center of attention and you are wearing an orange shirt? Then it’s just game over for all the wall flowers out there. It will seem like they didn’t even show up.
While every color can and will evoke a different feeling in each individual based on their past experiences, there are generalities about which colors lead to what feelings and impressions. Dressing based on these general guidelines is a safe way to make the style statement you want and be cautiously optimistic that you won’t offend anyone or accidentally trigger their long lost memory.
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