What the colours you wear say about you…The meaning of colour

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Have you ever wondered what messages you are portraying through the colours you wear? Here is some interesting information on the meaning of colours.

RED- The colour red activates your pituitary gland (gland at the base of the brain), increasing your heart rate and causing you to breathe more rapidly. This instinctive response makes red seem aggressive, energetic, provocative and attention grabbing. Count on red to evoke a passionate response, albeit not always a favourable one. For example, red can represent danger. Wear a red accent piece when you want to present yourself as bold and dynamic. It can boost your confidence if you are attending a function or interview where you feel unsure of yourself. If a woman wears a red dress it usually is associated with sex appeal.

Wear red to make a statement and grab attention.

GREEN – In general, green implies health, freshness and serenity. However, green’s meaning varies with its many shades. Deeper greens are associated with wealth or prestige, while light greens are calming. Green says growth – balance – harmony.

Wear green when you want to overcome a sense of thwarted ambition.

BLUE- A pure blue is the colour of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. Blue is often the chosen colour of conservative people. Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, authority and seriousness.

Wear blue to gain trust and portray professionalism.

YELLOW – In every society yellow is associated with the sun. This colour communicates optimism, positivism, light and warmth and symbolizes wisdom. Certain shades seem to motivate and stimulate creative thought and energy. The eyes sees bright yellows before any other colour. People of high intellect favour yellow.

Wear yellow to present a cheery, uplifting effect.

PURPLE – Purple is a colour favoured by creative types. With its blend of passionate red and tranquil blue, it evokes mystery, sophistication, spirituality and royalty. Lavender evokes nostalgia and sentimentality.

Wear purple when you want to encourage fantasy, mystery and imagination.

PINK – Pink’s message varies by intensity. Hot pinks convey energy, youthfulness, fun and excitement. However dusky pinks appear sentimental while lighter pinks are more romantic and feminine.

Wear pink when you want to present yourself as a peaceful, calm person who is not threatening.

ORANGE – Cheerful orange evokes exuberance, fun and vitality. With the drama of red plus the cheer of yellow, orange is viewed as gregarious and often childlike. Research indicates its lighter shades appeal to an upscale market. Wearing orange during times of stress, or shock can help to balance your emotions. It can bring about the willingness to embrace new ideas with enjoyment and a sense of exploration and creative play.

Wear orange to portray an enthusiastic fun loving nature.

BROWN – This earthy colour conveys simplicity, durability and stability. People who prefer brown are often conventional and orderly. The negative meaning of brown can be a repressed personality or a lazy person. Wearing brown clothing can portray no direction or attitude in particular. Brown is a disguise that can be used to effectively hide your true nature. Prior to the introduction of denim, brown was the colour worn by manual workers. Warm browns can be worn to exhibit a ‘down to earth’ feeling.

Wear brown to portray warm heartedness and reliability.

BLACK – Black is serious, bold, powerful and classic. It creates drama and implies sophistication.

Wear black to portray elegance.

WHITE- White implies simplicity, cleanliness and purity. White clothing can point to a higher social status.

Wear white to portray virtue.



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