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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Picking the Perfect Dress Using the Principles of Color Therapy

When people think about what to wear, they usually mindlessly pick what they like or what is on trend. However, why not use some basic principles of color therapy or Chromotherapy, and dress in colors that give off the right signals to improve your own moods, while projecting the right vibe for the right situation.
Here is a whole new way to picking the perfect dress!

It is not news to anyone, that a red dress is sexy on pretty much any girl. However, what is it about this color that is so appealing and sexy? 
As the color of passion, it visually brings warmth to your brain, stimulating energy and increasing blood flow. It casues hemoglobin in your blood to multiply increasing and raising body temperature. The effect is rather simply, you simply look "hotter", literally.
This is also holds true for temperature. On  hot summer months, wearing red, will make you feel warmer and is best to be worn on colder days. 
Red, on men, is viewed as masculine, and virule. It is not a coincidence that during presidential elections  you will see red neckties on the candidates. 

Orange is a warm, and cheerful color. It has a freeing action upon the body and mind, relieving repressions. Orange shows new possibilities and other options in life. It stimulates  creative thinking and enthusiasm, and helps assimilate new ideas.
This is a color that encourages charm, kindness, optimism, success, abundance, prosperity, and positivity.
 A perfect color to adopt into your wardrobe if you are starting a new chapter in your life.

Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerve-related situations. 
It also can activate and cheer up depressed and melancholic people. it adds zest to your day and a lust for life. If you need a bit of confidence, joy, cheerfulness, or mental clarity, yellow is your color.
Green is the color of Nature and the earth. It will balance and add harmony. It possesses a soothing quality for both mind and body. 
It is also the perfect color for any condition that needs "healing". Often times hospitals, use green for this exact reason and it is also proven to help psychological and emotional balance. 
The perfect color if you are currently or just recently have been through some kind of trauma. Whether it be emotional or physical, it will help in the healing process.
Blue is cooling and electric. Dr. Edwin Babbitt, in his book, "The Principles of Light and Color," writes that "The Blue Ray is one of the greatest antiseptics in the world."
The color cools down heat. Whether you are hot with anger or from a heatwave, if you need to cool off this is the color for you. Cool and soothing, it is dreamy and magical. 
The color Indidgo also contains healing properties. Indigo is a great purifier and gives the impression of regality or elegance. It is a heavy color, closests to "black" and yet there is a "soothing" quality that pulls you out of the darkness.
Often times indigo is used at formal events, school uniforms, or royal costume. It is an orthodox color that can make the wildest flower seem a bit more tame.
Violet / Purple
Purple is the color of transformation. It can help soothe mental and emotional stress, and decrease sensitivity to pain. 
It is an interesting fact that, Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed that purple rays found in Church raise, and increase the power of meditation ten-fold.
Purple which is the highest color of the color spectrum is often related to royality. In the past, some countries have even band purple as the color only to be worn by the royal family. If ever you desire to be queen for a day, purple is the color for you. 
White is the color we associate with purity (i.e wedding white). 
The color raises the vibration of one's consciousness, bringing mental clarity and harmony. 
It is often interpretted as innocent, pure, clean, fresh, and simple. 
If you desire to simplify your life, and cut down on  the emotional stresses of life, add white to your wardrobe, and home decor. 

Magenta is a color known to strengthen inner spirit. It contains much magnetism, and attracts much attention. Like a stop sign, if you want to get noticed, where magenta. 
Pink is an excellent color to relieve grief and sadness. It restores  youthfulness and charm. It is known to bring you closer to your true feelings, and feminity. 
It is regarded as the most feminine color of the spectrum and adds immediate sweetness to anyone. 
If you feel people fear you, and see you as a hard person, definitely add some pink in your accessories. 
Turquoise is a color that increases strength and power into your look. A color based off the stone, 'Turquoise' it is often used for regality, and adds prestige to any look. It is a color that gets you noticed, but is always elegant and cool. 
Brown is an earth color, meaning, it is grounding, and approachable. it is a great color to increase decisiveness and concentration. 
The color gives off the impression of a practical person with a preference for nature. It is primitive, solid and simple. It can be warm and cosy, and perfect for those no fuss lazy days.
Grey is a Neutralizing color that deflects negative energy. It is non controversial and non-expressive. It is passive, but still professional and elegant. 
Grey is often a color worn in press announcements or interviews after scandals or court cases. 
 The color black expresses, seriousness, darkness, and depression. It is a mournful color that relates to mystery, and secrecy.
It is known to be a color  that garners respect, due to the fact that it makes you appear more serious. This is why it is often the color used for formal events, funerals, and events with a heavier theme. 
Gold is the color of luxury, and spirituality. A color often used in religion, it contains a "heavenly" quality that makes you unreachable, and admireable. 

Silver is similar to the qualities of the color "grey". A much cooler tone than gold, it represents peacefulness, and passivity. 

Bronze is very similar to the principals of gold, however, with added bits of red, it is much more fiery in passion.  It is glamorous, and powerful but not as regal as gold. 


  1. I didn't know most of the meanings here so it's quite an interesting read:) although I wish I could wear some of these colours, esp bright colours as they can just lift a mood I think :) great post though! X
    |Life as a Petite|

    1. Hi Tiny Tang,
      thanks for commenting again on my blog. :) Spring is here, definitely experiment with bright colors. If you don't feel comfortable in wearing such bright colors then maybe try a bright necklaces or scarf. The tiniest bit of color can really change your day! xx