Colours are one of my favourite topics of study, especially when it comes to clothes. I like matching my clothes by colour so nothing looks out of place — as much as possible, anyway, given my limited wardrobe — and I’ve found over the years that some colours do look better on me than others, and certain styles are favoured for certain occasions. The internet also has lots of tips on colours to wear.
I believe I mentioned in an entry previously on “seasonal” shades, and I suited the spring assortment of light, pastel colours. But what happens if you don’t know your own shade and don’t have an unlimited supply of cloth to compare with? This entry focuses on recommendations for everyone, according to purpose rather than individual.
One particular website I visited recommended 4 colours that suit all skin and hair types. By the way, I’ve been to a few of such websites and not one of them recommended the same set of colours, so I’m usually wary of these. The 4 proffered by this one are: eggplant (which is the dark purple you see on brinjals), true red (the slightly darker sort, not the shocking vermillion), Indian teal and mellow rose (which is basically pale pink). I’m not sure I believe it, though, because eggplant and teal happen to be the kind of colours that I think absolutely do not suit anyone, but to each his own in this kind of situation I guess. What interests me more is another website, which talks about colours for different business purposes.
Women tend to react more positively to blue-based colours, which include some pinks, blue-greens and blue-reds. On the other hand, men react more positively to yellow-based colours, such as reds, oranges and peachy-apricots. The upper class also prefers blue-based colours while the lower class prefers yellow-based colours.
Also, if you want to show dependability or to be neutral or professional, wear blue, green, grey or beige. If you want to be assertive or be noticed, wear red or magenta. To appear friendly, go for lighter colours like orange, tan or light teal. In a bridal fair, you should wear pink or peach to look approachable and attract customers.
Of course, you’d think this sounds rather obvious. Of course light colours are happier and neutral colours are neutral. How many of you would pay careful attention to what you wear to a business meeting or presentation, though? Why, maybe the colour that you wear will play some part in determining whether you nail that business or score higher marks in presentation. I’m going to consider what I wear to my presentations with a more eagle eye now.
But for men, I suppose the choices are less limited. Men can’t very well wear peach or orange and expect to be taken seriously. I’ve seen loads of men in pink shirts nowadays, though, so maybe this guide will be helpful to them after all. Will the effects be the same though? Guys should try it and let me know!
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