Does the secret to looking good and feeling great lie within the color-scheme of your closet?
Research into the social psychology of dress indicates that the color emotion we attach to clothes can greatly affect our mood.
In a study by college students, they found that there was a relationship between color and emotion. The study was based on the Munsell Color System and used these colors:
- Principle colors (red, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
- Intermediate hues (yellow-red, green-yellow, blue-green, purple-blue, and red-purple), and
- Achromatic colors (white, gray, and black).
Color choice is a personal thing and elicits different reactions. Some of the respondents in the study said:
- Blue induced a relaxed, calming effect for some, while others indicated negative emotions because it was associated with the night and dark skies.
- Positive responses to green were because green was associated with nature, grass, trees, and reminds you of outdoors and springtime.
- Another said that yellow made her happy because “it reminds me of school buses and my childhood”.
- The color red was associated not only with love and romance, but also with evil, Satan and blood.
- Black colors made some feel sophisticated and on-trend, while others saw it representing death and mourning.
- White was seen as innocence and peace for some and others see white representing emptiness and void.
So What Does All This Mean?
When dressing, choose colors that make you feel good.
If you think you look good, you’ll feel good, and your mood will naturally follow.
Here are a few tips to organize your closet into a feel-good zone. Pick one that suits you best:
- Arrange clothing items in order of style (shirts, shorts, trousers, skirts or dresses)
- Arrange clothing in like colors (all greens together, all whites together)
- Arrange clothes in outfit order (this shirt, that skirt, this scarf)
Having an organized, color-wise closet will help you make better choices and get your morning off to a great start.
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The following is a guide of what the color of clothing you wear may say about you:
Black colors: mean strength, power, sophistication, elegance, and authority.
Blue colors: Blue soothes and cools. When you wear blue, you’re broadcasting creativity, positivity, peace, loyalty, and you’re saying that you’ve decided to live by your own rules, and by your own truth. Blue wearers think they’re smart, have a quick wit, and are independent.
Brown colors: mean someone who’s stable, smart, and dependable (like the UPS drivers).
Grey shades: means you can wash you out, and make you seem indifferent, depressed, and apathetic. It can also seem suppressive and give off the impression of a lack of confidence. There’s a reason the classic color of sweatpants is grey. One famous billionaire wears gray T-shirts Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He’s made a fortune wearing gray.
Silver colors: means you’re letting the world know that you aren’t shy, but that you’re adventurous, up for anything, and hip.
Red colors: If you want to stand out and grab the spotlight, wear red. It’s the color of energy and is the symbol of life.
Orange colors: It’s creative, enthusiastic, and is associated with good times, warmth, and ambition. If you wear orange, you like to be the life of the party, and are in a positive, energizing, and engaging mood.
Pink colors: means unconditional love color and it’s known to smooth out aggression.
Purple colors: shows that you have a rich inner life, are intuitive, artistic, creative, and have great instincts about people.
Yellow colors: encourages intelligence and inspiration, and is a good color to wear when you need that added boost to finish a work project or ace those exams.
Green colors: is a calming color and is associated with generosity, healing, and a rejuvenated state of mind. People who wear green are charismatic and care deeply about the feelings of others.
White shades: means cleansing and new beginnings. When you put on a white shirt or skirt, you feel as if you’re starting the day with a clean slate, and you appear to have a fresh and bright outlook. White is the color of balance, harmony, purity, and courage.