It’s finally Spring time again, which always translates into showing a bit more skin and a bit more color in our wardrobe. The warmer weather and blooming flowers always helps us shed our neutrals and start choosing brighter, hotter shades. And while we all have our favourite colors, do we ever take much time to analyze what those colors can convey about our moods, our personalities, or how we want others to view us? There’s a lot more to you color choice than you might think!
Associated with: passion, love.
This color supposedly enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It’s highly visible, which is why stop signs, stoplights and fire engines (and your show-stopping cocktail dress) are all red.
How to wear it: it’s known as a sexual color, hence its popularity in lipsticks, nail polishes, and lacy lingerie – wear this color if you plan on standing out in the crowd.
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Associated with: happiness, energy.
Yellow stimulates mental activity and generates muscle energy. Bright yellow is an attention-getter, which is the reason taxis and school buses are painted this color.
How to wear it: Try a bright yellow tank the next time you hit the gym for a splash of positive energy.
Associated with: creativity, enthusiasm.
Orange combines the passion of red and the happiness of yellow. Orange represents enthusiasm, creativity, and stimulation. To the human eye, orange is a very “hot” color, so it gives the sensation of heat.
How to wear it: A fresh, tangerine dress for that hot blind date!
Associated with: nature, freshness.
Green is thought to be the most restful color for the human eye and calls to mind the beauty of the natural world.
How to wear it: Green accents on a light, airy summer dress will go perfectly with your weekend picnic in the park.
Associated with: wisdom, tranquility.
Blue is considered a restful color for the mind and body; it slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability.
How to wear it: it is a preferred color for corporate America; a well cut navy power-suit or pencil skirt never fails.
Associated with power, luxury.
Purple has historically been connected with royalty and elegance. Purple is a relatively rare color in nature, making it all the more striking and beautiful when it is seen in flowers or fruit (or on you!).
How to wear it: turn heads in a stunning jewel-toned dress or flowing silk top at your next cocktail party.
Of course, you don’t have to put so much thought into your color choices; this is just a reminder that colors are more than a feast for the eyes. They tell a story without words and you get to choose where that story goes – so have fun and get colorful!