Good News! Colors You Wear Can Save You From the Fall Mood Slump
Fall has finally arrived. You’re jazzed about the leaves changing and wearing your favorite sweaters. Tomorrow, you say to yourself, I’ll decorate the house; maybe meet a friend for a pumpkin spice latte. But then the next day, chilly and cloudy, dawns, and you are so exhausted you can barely make it through work even with three cups of coffee. Sound familiar?
There are many things to love about the colder months of the year, but that fall and winter mood slump is not one of them. To break the brutal season-change cycle, just head to your closet: the color of your outfit can help save the dreary day.
It’s called color psychology, the idea that different colors inspire different emotions, moods and behaviors. You’ve probably heard about it in home décor, but the same what-color-you-are-around-can-influence-your-mood principles apply to fashion too. Follow this color by mood guide for hues will help lift your spirits, remind you to stay confident in a big meeting, chill out and more.
A note: How colors make you feel is based largely on the culture you grew up in and personal experiences. This guide is speaking in general terms, but may not apply to everyone’s story. If you disagree, don’t worry about it—wear the colors that ultimately bring you joy. In the end, it’s all about wearing what makes you feel good. I’d love to hear stories of experiences that changed how you look at color in the comments!
TO FEEL BOLD, WEAR RED.
Red has made people feel energized, excited, powerful, passionate and bold.
The color is known to actually increase a person’s heart rate.
TO FEEL BOLD AND WARM, WEAR ORANGE.
Orange has made people feel excited, enthusiastic, warm, happy and the center of attention.
It’s known to be inviting and friendly, and a good “action” color.
TO FEEL HAPPY, WEAR YELLOW.
Yellow has made people feel cheery, energetic and, for some, irritated.
In design, yellow is often used to get people’s attention “in an energetic and comforting way” according to Allison S. Gremillion at 99designs.
TO FEEL PEACEFUL AND OPTIMISTIC, WEAR GREEN.
Green has made people feel calm, excited, optimistic, and tranquil. Some associate compassion with those who wear this color.
Is the easiest color on the eyes.
TO FEEL ULTRA CALM, WEAR BLUE.
Blue has made people feel calm and serene, inspired, sad, intense, secure and productive.
Blue is known as the most liked color, especially among men.
TO FEEL NOBLE AND PERCEPTIVE, WEAR PURPLE.
Has made people feel regal or royal, sensual, wise, peaceful, and some contemplative.
Is often used in designs to soothe. A lot of beauty products use purple.
TO FEEL LIKE A BOSS, WEAR BLACK.
Is associated with power, mourning in many cultures and, when it comes to villains or antagonists, evil.
In a recent color study, black was ranked as adults’ No. 13 favorite color overall, but No. 1 when it comes to fashion.
TO FEEL FRESH AND BRIGHT, WEAR WHITE.
Is associated with purity and innocence, cleanliness, simplicity and a new start.
Was ranked the best color for creating quietness and concentration and the best environment color for living rooms, bedrooms, office and meeting rooms in the same study.
TO FEEL STEADY, WEAR BROWN.
Is associated with strength, dependability, security, safety and, at times, loneliness and isolation.
TO FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN, WEAR PINK.
Has made people feel joyful, creative, feminine, vibrant and refreshed.