Ever have a day where you feel like you need some cheering up? Or maybe you’re feeling anxious and want to feel more at peace? Amazingly, changing your clothing may do the trick. Research has shown that the colors we wear have a direct impact on our mood. Certain colors make us feel energized while others have a calming effect.
Two of the most commonly worn colors are black and white, though they have a significantly different effect. White represents cleanliness and purity. It reflects light, making other colors pop. Wear white if you want to evoke innocence, youth, and modernity. Black elicits feelings of power and responsibility, and comes off as professional and authoritative. Interestingly, a study of the National Hockey League (NHL) showed that players in black jerseys were more likely to get penalties than those in white jerseys, implying that black is seen as a more aggressive color. Black is a great choice to wear in situations where you need to show you have the upper hand.
Bright reds, oranges, and yellows are on the warm end of the color spectrum and stimulate our brains to release the hormone dopamine, which increases energy and attention. Red is the most powerful color in this group, representing passion as well as danger, and prompting action and activity. Orange is similar to red, but softer, and represents fun and positive energy. Yellow is a psychologically stimulating color and makes us think of joy and sunny days, but is actually the most difficult color for our eyes to look at and can increase anxiety. Wear these colors in small amounts, such as buttons on your shirt cuffs, as part of a pattern with other colors, or even as a boldly colored belt, and these strong hues will have enough of an impact without becoming overpowering.
Blues, greens, and purples are cooler colors and trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone that makes us feel calm. Blue is a popular color for offices because it exudes tranquility and mental clarity, increasing focus and creativity. It’s a good choice to wear to an interview to inspire feelings of trust and confidence in your abilities. Green is associated with nature and is actually the color that’s easiest on our eyes, making it the most stress-reducing hue. Purple is a regal color that evokes spirituality and intuition, and is a great color to wear if you need to make an important decision.
At High Bar Shirt Co., you will find top-quality customizable shirts in a range of colors and shades so you can pick your favorite. Whether you want to give off feelings of authority, action, positivity, or calmness, we have a shirt for you! Choose a variety of colors and you’ll have something to wear for every occasion. Ultimately, no matter what feelings you want to evoke, pick the colors you love and you’ll always feel good in them.