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What Your Clothing Colors Say About You

What Your Clothing Colors Say About You

What do the colors mean?

When selecting an outfit to make and impression,  whether for a career fair, interview, or networking event, colors matter as much as the clothing you select.  Colors do say something to us subliminally, and illicit very different emotional responses.  So be conscious of this when selecting which of your favorite shirts or blouses to wear in a business setting!

BLACK  Black is the color of authority and power.  It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner, and is stylish and timeless.  But avoid too much black or you may seem unapproachable.

GRAY  One of the most popular colors to wear to an interview, gray represents sophistication and confidence. As it is not a distracting color, the interviewer will be more focused on what you have to say than what you are wearing.

WHITE  White is popular in fashion because it is light, neutral and goes with everything.  Wearing it to an interview projects cleanliness and simplicity.

RED  The most emotionally intense and aggressive color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing.  It is also the color of love and passion. Red clothing gets noticed, but it makes the wearer appear heavier.  Since it is such and intense color, red might be helpful in your interview.

YELLOW  Cheerful, sunny yellow is an attention-getter.  It is the most difficult color for the eye to perceive, so it can be overpowering if overused.  Yellow enhances concentration, hence it is used for legal notepads

GREEN  Green symbolizes nature.  It is the easiest color on the eye, and is calming and refreshing.  Dark green is masculine, conservative and implies wealth.

BLUE  The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors.  Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals.  Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to interviews because it symbolizes loyalty and control.

PURPLE  The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication.  Yet, it is probably not a good color for an interview because it is perceived as feminine, romantic and because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.

BROWN  Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature.  Light brown implies genuineness.  If worn to an interview, brown reflects stability and promotes communication.


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