Macro of ice, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
16 Feb 11 ~ Panasonic DMC-FZ50
The visual stimuli we observe can affect how we feel about what is before us. Color can be a powerful aid or adversary when it comes to attraction, and the color an individual wears can render them more likely, or less likely to attract a partner, a job, or a friend. Studies reveal that people make judgements about each other, within 90 seconds of meeting. We may fail to recognize the impact color has on ourselves and others when it comes to our clothing, but this doesn’t alter the fact that our color choices are attracting, or repelling other people each day. It would seem that color plays a large part in what, and who we find attractive. Wearing the right color can attract a member of the opposite sex or do the opposite. Color can also influence what we read and what we buy, proving that color may be responsible for some important choices we make. Colors can also inspire friendship. We may find another person attractive in a non sexual sense because subconsciously we enjoy the color they are wearing.
BLUE MONDAY ~ Blue is a favorite color of both men and women of all ages. However, men have a much stronger preference for blue than women. It may be the calming effect of the color blue that makes it a popular color for both men and women or it could be the association of some shades of blue with authority figures, intelligence, and stability. It’s possible that men tend toward blue because they’ve noticed that women find men in blue attractive whether it’s a blue uniform or a blue business suit. Women like their men to wear blue. They associate blue with reliability and dependability, and both are attributes they hope a wearer has. Women often desire to find a man who is going to be faithful and honest, and the color blue reflects these qualities subconsciously.
The Color Psychology of Blue ~ Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly. It can also create feelings of sadness or aloofness. Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms. Blue is one of the most popular colors, but it is one of the least appetizing. Some weight loss plans even recommend eating your food off of a blue plate. Blue rarely occurs naturally in food aside from blueberries and some plums. Also, humans are geared to avoid foods that are poisonous and blue coloring in food is often a sign of spoilage or poison. Blue can also lower the pulse rate and body temperature.
Wearing Blue ~ Serenity and Calm. Wearing blue helps create a place of calm and serenity. Wearing ocean hues of blue is especially calming. Indigo or darker blues can offer more of a comfort zone feeling, almost as if you are sinking into a pool of warm water. Blues in general remind me of a favorite pair of well-worn denim jeans – now that’s simply relaxing.
Resources: Color Psychology, How Colors Impact Moods, Feelings, and Behaviors, By Kendra Cherry, About.com Guide. Color Therapy and Your Wardrobe, Wearing Your Emotions By Phylameana lila Desy, About.com Guide. “Secrets of Attraction Two: Color” website.