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Playing With Colors in Your Work Wardrobe

Corporate America has seen all the boring black, grey, beige and navy suits it can handle. Let’s be honest, wearing a suit to work can make you look drab and it might just make you forget that the world of color even existed. It’s time to learn how to implement pops of color seamlessly into your work attire; making you feel more uplifted and excited about your day.

Red is the color of power and strength; it shows that you’re unafraid to stand out and receive attention. This color can be very helpful if incorporated correctly. Try wearing a red blouse with a simple pencil skirt, a pair of red heels, or maybe a bold red lip. But be careful not to wear too much of this color or worse yet wear it in a ‘sexy’ way so as to distract from reasons you are at work. Avoid tight dresses, skirts, and tops in this color as they may be taken in the wrong way. Instead stick to accessories or flowy tops when choosing red.

Navy blue, sky blue and ‘true blue’ send the message of confidence to the world. Blue is the absolute best color to wear on a job interview in a form of a skirt or pants suit. When headed to your next potential employer’s office, opt for a dark navy suit or blouse, to stand out as the cool, collected and confident candidate for the job. You’ll get more jobs wearing this hue than any other. It’s also a great idea to try this color if you’re asking for a promotion. But don’t limit yourself to suits only, do try that electric blue skirt you’ve been eyeing and pair it with some beautiful blue accessories. 

Ivory and white are far superior to their bland beige cousin. Yes, it’s okay to want to blend in but wearing too many neutrals can often leave you ignored or overlooked. A rule of thumb is that the darker the color you wear, the more power you exude.  On the other hand, do not wear all white – you’re leaving yourself open to unexpected stains or giving off a sterile feel of a clinical uniform. Therefore, it’s best to alternate colors.

Jewel tones, especially emerald green can be quite regal. They exude both strength and conservatism. Emerald being named the ‘color of the year’ in 2013 is the perfect choice for a work outfit. Try wearing an emerald dress teamed with a thin leopard belt and black heels for a perfect balance of color and print.

Pink is by far the girliest of colors. If you want to infuse your work wardrobe with a feminine touch, you should own at least three staple items in this hue: heels, overcoat and a top. Of course you can never have too many pink pieces. Throw them into the mix of an average work week paired with some neutrals or even muted greens and you will outshine everyone in the office. It is also the perfect accent color to a black suit. I must advise, avoid wearing too much fuchsia, as it can a be overwhelming and distracting.

Orange is a ‘tricky’ color to play with. Make sure that it doesn’t wash you out by picking items that are more pink and closer to coral in hue. The more pumpkin-esque pieces should not be worn with black to avoid looking Halloween themed. Instead, stick to basics and use orange to compliment more subtle colors like taupe and always use in moderation.

Yellow can be a cheery bright infusion into any boring day. Whether you pair a crisp white top with a bright pencil skirt or just add a touch of yellow in a form of shoes, this color is a great example of less is more. Try pairing mustard yellow with deep maroons for a gorgeous dark gem-toned ensemble.

Color is a powerful thing. It can affect your mood and the mood of others. So use it to your advantage and reap the benefits of knowing what tone you are setting. Using this knowledge, what colors will you be wearing tomorrow?

By: lorenr
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One Response to “Playing With Colors in Your Work Wardrobe”

April 09, 2014 at 8:07 pm, Penny said:

One of my favorite posts!! Great ideas!!! It’s clear that I need to get out of my black, grey and beige rut!! Thanks for the inspiration, Loren!

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