As they say, first impressions are everything. The first judgments people make about us are based on our appearances, including our clothes. According to psychologists, even the color of what we wear conveys different aspects of our personalities, and most of us tend to favor one in particular.
“Even if your wardrobe is filled with clothes of a variety of colors and shades, there is always the color that you give a greater preference to because you feel more comfortable and confident in it. It is the very color that reflects your character,” said David Zyla, stylist and author of the book, “Color Your Style“.
So what impressions are you giving off when you wear blue, black, or yellow? Here’s what psychologists have to say about 11 different colors:
Black is definitely the color you want to wear if you’re trying to impress. Research has found that people who wear black are perceived as smart, confident, attractive, ambitious, and serious.
Much like the dirt beneath our feet, brown is stable and reliable. People who wear this color tend to be more respectful, conservative, and the kind of person you can depend on.
“Blue is the best color to put on to an interview because it sends out confidence and reliability,” wrote journalist and psychologist, Lisa Johnson Mandell. “Therefore, many working uniforms or business suits are of blue color.” Blue also has a calming effect on those who view it, so those who wear it are often seen as trustworthy, serene people.
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Green is known as the feel-good color. “The pleasantness of green comes from its kinship with nature, which causes a feeling of peace and contentment,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and the author of the book, “More Alive With Color.” Additionally, people who favor green in their wardrobe tend to be more active, compassionate, and financially stable.