With the cooler days approaching and thoughts go to our winter wardrobe, it is time to think about the items we need to add. Yesterday, I spent time round the malls, and it is disappointing to see so much Black in the shops, you can walk in the door of a boutique and scan the racks and see only a touch of colour included in all the black. What is this fixation with Black? – it can be so depressing!
We are all about Colour! it is uplifting, stimulating, draws people to you, and just makes you feel good and good to be around! Try and put less black in your good to be around! Try and put less black in your wardrobe – soften your look with NAVY!
EVERY SEASON HAS A NAVY THAT SUITS THEIR COLOUR PALETTE. – and yes, I know the old saying – Black is Slimming – but so is NAVY! and it is just that much softer reflection on the skin. I have put together a video for you to see the difference between Black and Navy – that I hope will encourage you seek out and find some great pieces by adding some Navy to your wardrobe – Also do check out the Psychology of Colour Black verses Navy Below –
Enjoy – and do tell me what you think!
Psychology of Colour
Colour – BLACK
Black is the absence of colour due to the total absorption of light.
Psychological Power of Black
Positive Attributes: Authoritative, formal, sophisticated, mysterious, strong.
Negative Attributes: Mournful, aloof, negative, lifeless.
Wearing Black for Emotional and Physical Impact
- As a sign of respect particularly in bereavement but also in cultures with different social and moral attitudes toward women (for example, in Muslim countries).
- For bold impact and contrast with one other colour, as when wearing black skirt and red jacket.
- To keep people at a distance; we don’t readily approach someone dressed in black.
- In the evening, for dinner parties or formal occasions, if your objective is to play safe and not stand out. The little black dress may be the easiest option but it doesn’t enhance your chances of being noticed unless it’s in your colour palette.
- If it’s in your colours, for lingerie in the finest fabric you can afford and the most alluring design to complement your body.
When to Avoid Wearing
- If you enjoy people and like them to open-up to you; especially true if dealing with the elderly or children.
- At a wedding black is somber, stately not joyous.
- Near the face unless you have the strength of natural colouring to handle it.
- On television, it’s an instant decapitator and appears heavy. Viewers’ eyes are drawn down from your face to what you are wearing.
- If you haven’t much time for personal grooming, black shows every speck of dust, cat hair and piece of fluff.
Colour – BLUE
Includes: NAVY, True, royal, clear and medium blues; however, not pale pastel versions or aquas.
Psychological Power of Blue
Positive Attributes: Loyalty, restraint, gentleness, serenity.
Peaceful, trustworthy, constant, orderly. Good communication colour.
Negative Attributes: ‘Holier than Thou’, tiresome, predictable, conservative.
Wearing Blue for Emotional and Physical Impact:
- The deepest blues project the most authority – just think of the uniform worn by police. If you want to look like the woman in charge, a navy or deep blue suit usually does the trick.
- Mid-tone blues produce the right effect on the potential mothers-in-law, inspiring confidence that you’ll take care of her little boy.
- On television, the mid-tone blues are the most ‘media-friendly’.
When to Avoid Wearing Blue:
- Making a creative pitch in PR, advertising, design or marketing. Blue and creativity are not generally felt to be synonymous.
- At a conference of bankers, lawyers, accountants or insurance salesmen, unless your objective is not to stand out.
- For a school reunion when you want to project success and confidence.
- Note: Psychology of colour exerts printed with permission from the publisher – The complete Style Guide by Mary Spillane, Published by Piaktus Books Ltd
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