“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” ~ Pablo Picasso
There are a few types of morning people in this world: some who care about their clothes, and some who don’t care as much. I’m of the latter group. I care about wearing comfy clothes that feel right for me, and most days I’ll just take the first thing that catches my eye. But, whether you care or not, there are always unconscious motives and decisions that go into our clothing choices every day.
One day, a friend said to me “I notice you’re feeling purple today.” It was a pretty strange comment, so I asked her what she meant, and she pointed out the people in the room and explained how each person in that room woke up and made an unconscious or perhaps emotional decision on their clothes; choosing a specific color to play a role in their life that day.
After explaining that to me, she called a few people over and asked them about their clothing decision; most answered in the affirmative, “Well, yeah, I was feeling like I just needed to wear this color today.”
This intrigued me so I decided to do a little bit of research on the subject. I know that rooms of different colors have the power to change the mood or attitude of a person. You will find peaceful blue or a healing green in hospital rooms, cheerful yellow in a playroom, etc. The ability to create a certain mood in our environment is a very powerful tool. In general, it is noted that rooms such as a dining room or restaurant can give off a stimulating and appetizing environment when painted red, and other rooms that are connoted with relaxation and rejuvenation, such as the bedroom or a spa, will create a healing space with light blues and lavenders.
So, if we are so careful about the environment we create around us, then what about the environment we carry around with us? What colors should we surround ourselves with during the day? And how can we use color psychology to dress according to our daily needs and desires?
Matching our colors to our moods is a great way to express ourselves and exude our inner selves throughout the day. If you are a person that feels connected to their wants and desires, you might naturally pick out the right colors for you. The problem is when you’re not aware of the power of your colors, and how it affects your day.
For example, let’s say you wake up one morning and think, “I’m feeling kind of sad today, so I’m going to lift myself up by wearing a yellow scarf to get my energy flowing.” As opposed to, “I’m feeling kind of sad today, so I’m going to wear lots of black to match my mood.”
Knowing the power of the colors we use, let’s us not only express ourselves, but also improve our day and bring more light, awareness, and healing into our clothing choices.
“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and its ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment.”
~ Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Red is one of the most extreme colors on the color palette. Red makes people feel energized, stimulated, and courageous. Red can be a good color to wear if you have a big event that day, and need to feel revved up and brave; say if you’re an activist standing up for a cause you believe in, or giving over a passionate speech. The color red can also be very sexualized, and give off sexual signals to others, even if not intentional, so beware of unwanted advances when wearing this powerful color. It can also affect our attention span and blood pressure, making it not a very productive color for stressful work.
Blue has always been known as a healing and relaxing color. It has a tranquil feeling about it, and is also a great color for creative flow. If you are looking toward a brainstorming day, blue is the color that will open you up for the best creative thinking. Perhaps because blue is a more cool and quiet color, it is not the go-to color for communication, but more for sitting and thinking in peace.
Like blue, green has a healing and creative effect. What makes it different perhaps is its association with nature and life. It is known to be a trustworthy color, and those wearing it are seen as trustworthy and healthy. The color green is also connected to our natural psychic abilities, so wearing green is helpful when trying to tap into our intuition.
Yellow is commonly known as being the happy and frivolous color. To add some optimism into your day, yellow is a good color to give that little nudge. Less commonly known, yellow also represents the intellect and can be a good way to tap into your wisdom and knowledge. However, yellow can also come off as impatient and hurried, so be careful of recklessness while wearing this color.
Orange is a feisty color. It can be worn to make a statement in a crowd, and also gives off a warm and healthy vibration. Though orange has this warmth, it also has the ability to put some people off, as a big percentage of people do not like the color. But for those who do, orange contains the power of personal transformation, so wearing it can give a person the right push to get things moving in their life.
Purple is a color that exudes leadership and royalty. It is a color that has the power to impress, as it has a strong air to it. Wearing purple is a good choice for an event or when in a role of leadership. According to the chakras, purple is also the color of spirituality, so wearing purple can be good for days when you may need a spiritual boost, or on a day when you are celebrating a spiritual cause.
Pink is not as powerful as it’s red mother, but it can have a very powerful effect as well, though in quite the opposite way as red. Pink has the ability to lessen aggression, and help relax nerves. On a day when nothing seems to go right, or people are getting on your nerves, throwing on something pink can help to get the edge off.
Pink is also the well known color of love, perhaps for this reason. Unlike red’s passionate desires, pink exudes the more sensible, long-lasting, committed, and rosy elements of love. This can give your date a good feeling if they are looking for love that will last.
White is light and pure. Wearing white can make you feel the purity of a snow covered town, or the lightness of linen drying on the line in summertime. It is also the color of focus, making a white paper optimal for getting work done. If feeling cluttered and unfocused, white is the perfect color to wear to make you feel renewed.
Black can be professional and businesslike, so it can be a good color to make an impression in the business world and formal events. Most people tend to wear black often, as it is easy to pair with other clothing, and gives a very well put-together look. Black can also be intimidating and somewhat aggressive.
Someone wearing black will more likely be picked out as a trouble-maker, than someone wearing white, pink, or green, for example. So, if trying to make a good impression with your spouse’s family, or with a job that requires more heart than business, black would not be the best color to choose. Black also has the power to bring your optimism down, so it is not a good color to wear if you are feeling discouraged or upset.
Each day we are looking toward different qualities of ourselves to play their role, and knowing which colors can help bring those out will change the way we relate to our material clothing. Having this awareness allows us to choose our day’s intentions, and helps our mood and vibrations be on the same page.