Color is the first thing other people notice about us, and its impact is immediate and long-lasting. Our fashion color choices say a lot about the image we are trying to portray and how we feel about ourselves. So what does color tell people?
Within seconds of meeting you, others will respond to the 'color messages' flashed by your clothes. Different colors can make people feel a certain way. In fact, it has been determined by medical science that color can influence the viewer's hormones, blood pressure and body temperature. Color also has an impact on:
* Your apparent shape;
* Your apparent weight;
* Your apparent personality;
* Your emotions
Others emotions other important considerations are how appropriate the color is for the location, occasion, time of year, your age and of course, your natural coloring. We are all influenced by color every day, whether we realize it or not. If we're having a bad day and not feeling good about ourselves, we tend to automatically choose clothes in dull neutral colors like black, grey or brown because they match how we're feeling. Just as when we're happy and feeling great we will go for something a bit brighter. Have a look in your wardrobe and see how many different colors you own. Do you have a veritable rainbow of outfits? Or are there just 1 or 2 colors that you wear a variation of all the time? You may find you are stuck in a color rut. Knowing this, why not experiment with the colors you wear and surround yourself with. Sometimes it is not just the color itself, but a combination of colors that create the affect. Colors produce different reactions when used in different fabrics and when put together in different color combinations. For example, a red jacket worn with a white shirt to a business meeting exhibits confidence and power, but a red jacket worn with a lacy red top may be interpreted as saying, "I'm sexy and exciting and I have other things on my mind besides this business meeting". Red is actually not the best color to wear to a job interview as it can set the scene for an uneasy interaction between females. So what colors are appropriate for what situation? Here is a list of the colors that men respond well to, both socially and professionally. * Yellow: Holds their attention and keeps them alert; indicates the start of something new * Yellow-based reds: Energetic color that keeps conversations going * True reds: Exhibits confidence * Burgundy: Reflects class and sophistication and attracts the same type of men * Mid-range blues: Puts others at ease and allows interactions to go smoothly * Sky blue: A calming color * Navy blue: Signals that you want to be taken seriously; it inspires others to listen to what you have to say and displays that you are trustworthy * Blue-based reds: Suggests intelligence and femininity * Red violet: Suggests strength and creativity It is most important though, to choose colors that are a good fit for your natural coloring. There is no point choosing a color that suggests creativity and confidence if it also makes you look washed out or sick. Wearing your best range of colors can have a huge impact on your wardrobe and your confidence. The rights colors can make your skin tone appear more even, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles and make you look brighter and healthier. While on the other hand wearing a color which isn't so good for you can make you look tired, dull and even ill. A color analysis with a professional image consultant will show you exactly which range of colors is best for your clothing, makeup and accessories. In short, our fashion color choices tell the world a lot about us. Knowing how to use color to your advantage can change the way you dress and boost your self-confidence.