Songs are written about women in red dresses, but not until this study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin may you have given it much thought. The study suggests that when women see other women dressed in red they may jump to the conclusion that she is a sexual threat. The study dressed women in white, green and red shirts to test subjects. The photos of the women all had faces blurred and their body sizes were all the same. The women with the red shirts were rated by other women as being more sexually promiscuous, and lacking in faithfulness. The researchers concluded that if you are in a group of women whose support you need, it might be wise to wear something other than the color red (especially if there are men present).
No one wants to believe they are influenced by color, but yet we are. Color hits our vision first upon meeting the person, and judging the person happens within the first fourth of the first second. Research has proven the effects of “women in red” on men in numerous studies. Dr. Glenn Wilson Ph.D who is an expert in the field of colors’ effects on men and women reports that red worn on women increases males’ sexual interests, whereas men who wear red are more desired by women because they are viewed as more powerful. He goes on to say the color red in nature signals danger, which causes excitement depending on your gender that can be a positive or negative effect.
In the workplace, being aware of how you dress and the colors you choose to dress in should not be overlooked. Your clothes announce how you feel about yourself, your mood and may even influence others’ moods. Below are things to consider before you get dressed in the morning.
- Black: a classic and sophisticated tone, but it can also signal that you’re depressed, down, or lack color matching.
- Blue: You cannot go wrong with blue, reports Lynda Goldman a business communications and etiquette consultant. She encourages both sexes to wear navy to their next job interview as it inspires confidence and trust.
- Beige: If you need to be part of a team and fit in, beige is a good color option. Beige works well for uniforms, but according to Goldman, it is not a good color to wear if you are trying to look powerful or in control. It may be the BEST color to wear if you don’t want to be a target for an extra project.
- Yellow: this color signifies playful, lightheartedness, and helps people relax around you. It also tells people you are a risk-taker, and that you are not afraid to stand alone on a belief.
- Purple: this color says you are confident, committed and relaxed in your own skin.
- Pink: both sexes can wear this color and it is perceived as confident, not afraid of showing emotion and independent.
- Green: this color says you are stable, calm, and confident. It’s a good choice for job interviews as well as blue. Green is considered a conservative color. You may notice many hospitals use the color green for uniforms. This is not an accident.
With all the subtleties regarding clothing, it’s a wonder any of us can get dressed in the morning or pass a job interview. What makes you feel good about your favorite suit isn’t just the color, but the way the color flatters your skin, hair and body type. Knowing what mood your clothing is projecting gives you an additional advantage. No matter how beautiful the dress or suit, it won’t look professional or classy if intimate parts of you are left uncovered. Keep it classy, keep it covered. Some things are better left to the imagination.