This Will Transform How Others Perceive Your Style

Aemilia Madden
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I was sitting around a dinner table when a woman asked me about my favourite colour. "light blue-teal," I replied, "oceany but not too bright." From that, she began to pull out minutely specific personality traits of mine that were frighteningly accurate. This is when my obsession with colour began to develop. While our favourite hues may tie into certain personality traits, the colours we choose to wear can also project something about ourselves.

So I reached out to Kate Smith, a colour expert and president of Sensational Colour. She broke down what your favourite colour says about you along with how the colours you wear can help you to project and embody a feeling. "The mood we desire influences the pieces we pull from our closet," she said. "Whether you recognise it consciously or not, colour influences how you feel."

Going on a first date? "Lots of research has been done that shows wearing red makes [others] see you as more attractive," Smith notes. "So why not take advantage of that fact and wear the shade of red that is best for you?" For a job interview, her suggestion is to find small ways to add a pop of colour, "stand out while still fitting in is always a good rule for colour in the workplace."

And as for colours to avoid wearing, Smith's rule of thumb is to go with what you feel comfortable in. "Forget trends," she says. "Forget that everyone else wears black. Forget the salesperson who said you can't wear a colour. Trust your own eyes first and then how people react when you wear certain colours."

Read on for Smith's breakdown of what your favourite colour says about you!

Now you're ready to dress for your mood. 

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