Bright Therapy: Can Dressing Colorfully Improve Your Mood?
Lean in, it’s time for some truth. You may have thought nobody noticed how you were snappy with the barista when he skimped on the foam. I’m sure you weren’t purposefully ignoring all those phone calls from your mom (not to mention that endless group text thread with your college friends).
If you’re feeling moodier than usual, try some color therapy in your wardrobe for a quick attitude adjustment. It just may do the trick, and give you a little extra style kick too.
Orange You Glad We Said Something
It’s no secret that you’re a fun-loving lady but the vibe you’ve been giving off lately reads less “carefree” and more “careful – don’t mess with me”. Have some vibrant orange shades on hand for those days you want the world to know you’re up for anything and watch the adventures fall at your feet.
What Orange Says About You: You’re brave, spontaneous, outgoing and creative (but we already knew that).
Color Caution: Think twice before pairing orange with black, unless you’re going for that jack-o’-lantern-in-the-middle-of-July look. Instead consider a charming orange dress paired with your favorite gold flats to let everyone know you’re up for whatever the day (or night) holds.
Pretty in Pink
We know you’ve been girl bossing all over the place as of late and your patience is wearing thin with all the slackers on your contact list. On days like this, you need to dig a little deeper for patience, channel you’re inner Molly Ringwald and bring on the pink. Not only will it remind you to get in touch with your softer side, but you’ll seem more approachable too. What Pink Says About You: You’re patient, compassionate and we’re going to venture to guess just all around awesome.
Color Caution: Not every pink will make you look your best. Take your time trying on different hues until you find the right shade for your complexion. A soft pink midi skirt matched with a crisp white blouse is a great choice for those more casual days at the office. If your buttoned-up attire doesn’t allow for softer shades, compliment your power suit of choice with a fun pink nail polish instead.
In the Light of Blue
You’re a modern-day woman who has it all – unfortunately that often means you have to do it all too. When you’re feeling pulled from all directions and like the chaos is getting a little ridic (we’re looking at you, moms everywhere), dress yourself in blue and wait for the calm to come. (Ok, honestly, it’ll still probably be crazy but you’ll at least feel calmer).
What Blue Says About You: You’re calm, communicative, peaceful and friendly
Color Caution: Resist the urge to live in your jeans. Branch out and try a fun embroidered blue peasant blouse or match your favorite shorts with a soft cotton blue T-shirt you can’t help but mellow out in.
Let’s face it. Some days you just need a little extra help in the get-up-and-go department. When you’re looking to add some spice to your life, boost your confidence with a splash of red. Not only will you feel like you can take on anything, but we’re pretty sure everyone will take note (and get out of your way).
What Red Says About You: You’re strong, motivated, grounded and passionate (not to mention sexy).
Color Caution: Take your surroundings into consideration when planning your killer look. Save the tight little numbers for those much-deserved date nights. For a more reserved you, own the moment in your oh-so-ahhh-mazing red jumpsuit.
Anything But Mellow Yellow
That perfect cousin’s wedding you’ve been dreading is fast approaching and you need something to wear that will help put the ‘poor unmarried you’ comments to rest once and for all. Make it clear to your busybody family members that yes, you’re single, but oh how you’re LOVING it with a beautiful yellow dress and watch them swoon with envy.
What Yellow Says About You: You’re confident, fearless and inspirational
Color Caution: Yellow makes people stand at attention, so get ready to be noticed. If you want to make more of a subtle entrance, try accessorizing with yellow statement pieces like necklaces, cardigans or heels instead.
Feeling a little overwhelmed with your technology addiction as of late? Take a break from the eerie blue glow of screen time and listen to mother nature instead. Wear green to help you feel more in touch with your youthful self who would climb trees, roll down hills and hike in forests before you became a slave to social media.
What Green Says About You: You’re generous, youthful, calming and refreshing (like a breath of fresh air, we’re sure).
Color Caution: Dark green is perceived to be more masculine so be ready to play that power role when you put on the color of money. For a more chill vibe, look for something in a lighter or pale green to help you be at one with nature (at least in your mind).
50 Shades of Gray
Job interviews are brutal and there’s no bigger moment of ‘awkward’ than when you have to spin that question of ‘your biggest flaw’ into a positive. Give yourself a leg up on the must-hire-meter and wear gray during that nerve-racking meet and greet.
What Gray Says About You: You’re sophisticated and confident
Color Caution: Be careful not to blend in with the office furniture. Complement gray with a pop of color so you can guarantee they won’t forget you.
The Girl About Brown
If you’re frustrated about not being taken seriously (don’t judge a book by their Instagram account) then try incorporating some classic brown pieces into your wardrobe. Give off the impression that you’re reliable and we’re sure you’ll be the ‘go-to-gal’ any day of the week.
What Brown Says About You: You’re solid, reliable and committed
Color Caution: Beware the paper bag look. Keep the browns seamless like a classic pair of khakis or a versatile tan jacket and you’ll be running the joint in no time.
White (is not just for) Wedding(s)
You’ve had a rough week at work (or at play) and now you’re oh-so-ready for a drama free weekend. Let your statement-making white look do all the talking and make it loud and clear that you are the girl that is there for clean, simple fun.
What White Says About You: You have an air of innocence, freshness, cleanliness and simplicity (in other words you’re a no drama mama).
Color Caution: White may be a classic look but don’t get too comfortable wearing it everyday or run the risk of people trying to give you their lunch order. A little white dress is a great way to remind everyone of your fun, easy nature – stand out from the waitstaff too.
Black Swan Song
Everyone has that one little black dress that will do the jaw-dropping-job at any last-minute cocktail party. No need to save this power color for those too few fancy nights out. Incorporate black into your everyday wardrobe in the way of sundresses, blouses and hip-hugging denim and watch as everyone makes way for the glory that is you.
What Black Says About You: You assert authority, power and mystery
Color Caution: Avoid too much black or risk seeming unapproachable. And don’t wear black everyday if you can avoid it. Otherwise you’ll have to start your color therapy from the beginning – and you’re not one to repeat yourself.