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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