Color can add not only life to your boring outfits, but also it reflects your personality. If you’re wondering why purple might be off-putting and blue could land you the job, keep on reading for the 7 surprising things your outfit color says about you.
- Black conveys authority.
Head-to-toe black signals power and authority. If you’re working in a creative office like fashion industry where everyone is expected to wear personalized and unexpected look, resort to black. Like fashion blogger Ania Boniecka, you may keep your matching set of crop top and skirt look appropriate with a structured long vest and a bit unexpected with masculine oxfords. Remember that the shade is both slimming and versatile as when worn on a date, it looks elegant and chic, and when worn in the boardroom it signals you’re the boss.
- Blue says “hire me!”
Navy blue is considered one of the best colors to wear on a job interview as the color symbolizes relaxation, loyalty, confidence, and control. According to a Career Builder survey of 2,099 hiring managers, interviewees wearing blue were considered team players. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, you may resort to a navy blue sweater dress if you work in a creative or casual office and polish your look with a cobalt blue coat that’s more appropriate in a more formal workplace.
- Green sparks creativity.
Natural shades of green are calming and reassuring. In fact, the shade appeases our senses on a primitive level as it tells us that we are safe in a fertile, water-rich environment, above freezing temperatures, and with enough food to survive. A great thing, one research found that the color could even spark inventiveness where participants were given two minutes to come up with as many uses for a tin can as they could. Before they began, half the group was shown a white rectangle, and the other half a green one. Surprisingly, participants in the green group came up with the more interesting, imaginative answers.
- Red leads to romance.
In one study, male participants were shown photos of women wearing various colors and asked how much they’d spend on a date with her. As a result, guys said they’d drop the most cash on the ladies in red. So if you’re looking for an outfit for your upcoming date, resort to classy red dresses that can keep you classy, feminine, at the same time attractive.
- Gray helps you blend in.
If you feel like flying under the radar, slip into some gray. Experts say the color is subtle without being overly conservative, and elegant yet unassuming. If you’re heading to a casual walk in the town, think of a gray t-shirt dress that will keep you comfortably chic like fashion blogger Kristina Bazan did. If you wish to dress up without looking over-the-top, think of a gray wrap top teamed with a floral print maxi skirt in gray hues like fashion blogger Jessica Ricks wore.
- Purple can polarize.
Historically, purple is the color of royalty and power where its elite status stems from the cost of the dye originally used to produce it. Since purple tones rarely appear in nature, it can appear artificial. According to Mary Ellen Lapp, author of The Color of Success, purple could induce discomfort so stay away from the hue if your goal is to put someone at ease. For a more agreeable look, try a plum shade.
- White shows organization.
In order to keep an all-white ensemble crisp and clean, the wearer must be at the top of his or her game. If you’re sure you’re the type of person who falls into this category, try it out on a job interview in a creative field, or to dinner with your parents. By taking these things into consideration, you’ll make your outfits and color palette work for you.