Do the colors you dress in fit your mood?
• United States
9 May 08
Colors and mood? Well, I think there’s a long tradition of dressing to compliment your mood. Take for example, the association of the color black with mourning. I think, when you are down and dour inside, it is harder to dress brightly. I could be wrong about that. (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1005090100012 See the best answer selected there. Black .. or white are supposedly bland colors and therefore implies a lack of cheerfulness. ) Meanwhile, while it is not the same as changing your dress to reflect your mood, there is this interesting little dress by Phillips which was designed to change your dress’ color to reflect your mood. It seemed interesting, if a little offbeat. ( http://www.boingboing.net/2007/12/19/dress-changes-color.html “Electronics firm Philips has designed a purportedly "emotion-sensitive dress," which monitors biophysical changes associated with different human emotions.”) That sounds like little more than a high tech version of a mood ring. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mood_ring “A mood ring is a ring which contains a thermochromic element, such as liquid crystal. The ring changes color in response to the body temperature of its wearer. The color is said, by some proponents, to indicate the emotional state of the wearer.” ) There are other people who feel color of your attire affects your mood. ( http://healing.about.com/od/colortherapy/tp/color_wardrobe.htm Wearing blue helps create a place of calm.. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/colors1.html Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. And even in Western societies, the meanings of various colors have changed over the years. ) Certainly, people believe there is a connection between color of dress and your essential mood. I have to say, I can believe in that, too. Men will, for example, wear a red tie because red is like blood or fire, powerful. Green reminds people of nature. Blue calls to mind the serenity of the sea. I think certain colors can remind people of other similar things found in nature. Some of that association might be genetic, even. So, I think it would work. I think dressing in a brighter color could improve your mood. You put a color on yourself which you associate with a certain mood. It is as if you are making a constant suggestion to yourself to feel according to how you have dressed. Others might also reflect an attitude, emotion, or energy upon seeing you which reflects the color you’ve chosen to wear. All of these things might help. But me? Oh, no. I am hardly awake in the morning when I choose what I’m going to wear. A lot of the time I can’t even turn on the light because my wife is still sleeping. So, no.. I don’t think I select my color of shirt according to my mood. But, maybe I’m wrong about that. There are, for instance, days when I feel like wearing my forest green shirt and other days when the yellow one my daughter picked out for me seems most appealing. Hrm. ------ Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there. Mohammed Neguib Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid. Jules Feiffer (1929 - )
25 Apr 08
Umm, no, I hardly notice the relationship between the colors I wear and my moods. You see, I change my wardrobe once a year. I make it a point to go shopping only when I am in a good mood. This means I purchase only the best, loveliest colors. So, irrespective of my mood during the year, I wear only the best colors. Cheers and happy mylotting.