Different colors send different messages about your personality. And you know the saying that “ we are all products and your personal brand steps through the door before you do” and you never get a second chance to make a first impression, this statements resonates more in the workplace.
What you are wearing affects your mood and builds confidence. Colors are important but doesn’t override the need to dress and look smart and presentable as possible.
This post will help you if you are having a trouble picking what to wear to work, focusing on color will not only help you narrow down your choices but may also benefit your career.
With the above in mind, here is an ultimate color guide for what hues you should and shouldn’t wear to work.
BEST COLORS TO WEAR -:
- GREEN – the color is associated with freshness, prosperity and permission(green traffic light) if you are looking to build a relationship with a client wear green. Green is restful on the eyes and produces the least amount of eyestrain.
- BLUE – if you want to look like an expert in your workplace/industry wear blue. Blue denotes truth and is associated to high intellect and wisdom. Research confirms that people who wear blue color to work get promoted faster. Blue also connotes a warmer approach since its the color of trust and being a peacemaker.
- BROWN – its seen as masculine, is associated with stability. The color brown also suggests that the wearer is reliable.
- BLACK- black suggest authority and sophistication, but its best you mix it with a splash of color like a bright handkerchief so as to standout from the crowd. It is also associated with formality and elegance, its also considered to be the color of leadership. Black is a power color and can convey a message of mystery and seriousness.
WORST COLORS YOU SHOULDN’T WEAR TO WORK
- YELLOW AND ORANGE – if you are going for a business meeting or you hold a top position never wear yellow or orange clothes to work, theres a lot of chances you wont be taken seriously. As those colors create a not serious look and makes you look weak and easy to control. Yellow is a happy color and usually stimulate joy, yellow is also considered unstable, so it can be over-energizing for the office and make the wearer look unserious and weak.
- RED – this is the color of aggression and passion but shouldn’t be worn to the office, your coworker will rarely agree with you and will raise more disputes. Never wear it for meetings with clients. Red is also increases metabolism and raises blood pressure, which is why its used as a stop sign and for fire engines.
- GREY – it implies that people are passive and lack energy. Wearing total grey would make you look like you lack initiative. If you have to wear grey, its important to add active colors like white, blue this can help offset the negative effect.
BONUS- COLORS TO WEAR IN MODERATION OR AS ACCENTS
- PURPLE – purple reminds people of royalty and luxury, it is also the color of magic. Subtly add it to an outfit but not as a complete look. Purple can be perfectly combined with neutral colors.
- WHITE – its associated with cleanliness, honesty and organization. Choose white shirts or accessories but not a total white outfit except when wearing a kaftan as it really shows the true white characteristics of cleanliness and elegance. Too much white denotes timidity and sterility – not good for a workplace.
In conclusion, colors affect our moods and how people perceive us, but of course colors aren’t the only things that affects our relationship in the workplace. But when given a chance pick a color that will work for you not against you. Remember you are signing up to champion your company’s cause as well as your own.