Fashion & Style

Does The Color of Your Clothing Matter?

Shelves of different colored outfits.

A strong fashion sense is welcomed while dating. The clothing you choose stays a lot about yourself. Wearing a graphic-t on a first date will often send the wrong message. But what about color? Does the color of your outfit matter more than the fashion style? Will you get a better response from wearing the color red over the color blue; is green a non-starter for the first date? Color is tricky, because it provokes different reactions from different people; seeing the color red provides a sense of excitement, as the color blue can give a calming and relaxing effect. Match.com recently discussed the effects of wearing certain colors on a date. While the color of your clothing may have some effect on your date, but you shouldn’t pull out the all red outfit for an important date.

There’s a few things you should know about color and your wardrobe.

The Color of Your Clothing Should Be Complimentary

The primary colors you wear, should complement your skin tone, or features, not necessarily your personality. If you love the color red, but don’t look good in it, stay away from red shirts. Find something a bit more appropriate, like red ties, red colored accessories, maybe even a belt with red highlights. Some color combinations and physical attributes don’t match. Be aware of how certain colors may clash with your hair color, or skin tones.

Don’t Wear More Than Two Primary Colors

This was a mistake I made often in my early college years. My outfits were often colorblind, and the color of my shoes, would be different from my shirt color, which different from my pants color. If you’re wearing more than three prominent colors, re-consider your outfit. The logic is, your shoes should match the color of your shirt, and your pants are a transitory. The formula become tricky when considering shirts with designs (such as stripes), or when you’re wearing the same color pants and shoes. Essentially, choose two prominent (or base) colors. Stripes, small designs, only add highlights to your outfit.

Don’t Limit Yourself To A Specific Color

Red isn’t the only color to inspire romance or passion. Both orange and purple are also romantic and passion inspired colors. You can have the same emphasis red does, without using the color. If you look horrible in red, or have an outfit that doesn’t accommodate the color, don’t try to force it. From experience, you’ll look more like a christmas tree, and a suitable date. If the color of your clothing doesn’t fit, but you still want to make a statement, consider an alternative.

You Can Never Go Wrong With Black

The joke about fashion in New York is, if you’re not wearing black, you’re not trying very well. Black is the perfect color, because it matches with everything. Black also provides an allure and mystery, something every single wants to display. If you want to try something new, consider trying it in black, if you make a mistake, it won’t look as bad if it happened in a color like, yellow.

Step Away From Neon Green (and Other Loud Colors)

There’s nothing wrong with adding brightness to your outfit, but there’s a point where it’s not bright, it’s screaming. There’s certain colors no one can truly overcome, especially if it has the word “neon”. The worse thing you can do, color wise, is to wear colors that detract from you, or anything your say.

The color of your clothing is important, but not most important thing. If you ever get stuck, grab a male fashion catalogue or look through the website of your favorite store and consider their color combinations. Then, at least you’ll know your clothing matches.

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    Kimberlee said on March 16th, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    Great post! I wish more men payed attention to style choices so we feel like they are putting in some effort.

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    Arlene said on March 17th, 2011 - 4:55 am

    since we are colorful ourselves, obviously some colors would suite you and others would not. Its worth while looking in the mirror before leaving on a date, or anywhere, for that matter. I don’t think that you can inspire the mood of the date with the color you choose. I don’t think, however, that you can inspire the mood of the date with the color of your shirt….

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      Single City Guy said on March 17th, 2011 - 10:26 am

      I don’t think it’s a direct effect, but I think that it has some effect. If you’re generally a cheerful person, I think wearing something bright can’t hurt.

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