Today I was talking on the phone to someone in Queensland (a hotter part of Australia) about a new and exciting product just on the market (I’ll share that with you soon), and she said she’d send me one, did I want white or black? Then she said, I assume black for you, not because she’s ever seen me, but because Melbourne is known as the black capital of Australia, where so many people wear black most of the time.
Yes I do wear black, as it is a colour that suits my cool colouring, but I also wear lots of other colours, a lot of the time. I try to avoid black as an everyday staple, not just because I make a living from doing colour analysis, and I want to show people that it’s possible to not wear black! But also because the colours we wear have an affect on how we feel and how others communicate with us and react to us.
If you think about it, businesses spend a lot of time and money deciding on what colour packaging to put their products into. Look around the supermarket, you’ll see lots of packaging with red on it, as red stimulates us, raises our blood pressure and makes us hungry. Did you know that women have been shown to react to Tiffany blue? It makes us more excited.
Given this, why would we want to wear black all the time? Black is the absence of colour, it’s the absorption of light, it reflects cold dark shadows on our face, and can drain us of life. It’s also not the most slimming colour on the planet either (which is the reason so many give as why they choose it).
When I am choosing what to wear each day, after I’ve found out what the weather is going to be like, I make my choice first based on colour, what colour do I feel like today? I notice that often during the dull, grey winter, I feel like red or hot pink. During summer I like cooler blues, greens and teals on those really hot days, the thought of wearing red or black when it’s stinking hot makes me feel a little ill.
Given that colours are reflected light waves, I think that these vibrations affect us physically, they are in harmony with us, or dissonant. When I’m doing a colour analysis, when I put unflattering colours on a client I feel physically ill in my stomach. When the right colours are put on, I feel relaxed and calm.
Do you think much about the colours you wear? Do you find different colours change how you feel?
What colour do you feel like today?