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What your favourite colour reveals about your personality

White lovers, we are on to you

By Hasina Khatib  August 4th, 2017

It is okay if you don’t believe in colour psychology, or the science behind how certain colours affect your personality and people’s perception of you. Bestselling fashion author, Dijanna Mulhearn was a skeptic too  right up until she went for an interview and was offered the job despite being under-qualified for the position. “I told them, ‘I don’t think I can deliver on this criteria’, but the interviewer said ‘We’ll find a place for you, because I want my business to look like you’,” she recalls

From there on out, she took to studying colour psychology and how to take control of the messages that your wardrobe is sending out. So go ahead, tell us your go-to colour and we’ll tell you a personality truth. 

What your favourite colour says about your personality? 

If your favourite colour is red:

Congratulations, you’ve struck the jackpot: Studies have proven that the colour of sexual attraction is this sinful hue. You don’t just handle the attention; you thrive in the spotlight. Another study has discovered that wearing red in your display picture on Tinder can significantly up your chances of a right swipe. In the workplace, red is associated with go-getters; you’re most likely to be noticed in team meetings so maybe be a little careful with playing Candy Crush under the table.

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Unfortunately, red is also often taken as an aggressive colour that can make people around you defensive. “When I wear red, I make sure it’s in soft fabrics like chiffon or silk, so there’s a softness to it,” recommends Mulhearn. Frills and ruffles are having a moment in the spotlight; when in doubt, make like Dior and Givenchy.

If your favourite colour is blue:

Welcome to the club, friend. You share your colour preferences with approximately 42 per cent of the people of the world, according to a study. Sophisticated and poised, you like the good things in life, but you also like taking the easy road to get there. The peaceful colour already has Mulhearn’s stamp of approval; “Blue is universally people’s favourite colour, so if you’re going to a job interview that requires you to be trustworthy and responsible, someone who can take charge, wear a dark blue,” she advises.

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Your laidback nature means that you can routinely get stuck in a rut, both professionally and in your personal relationships. Add that zing back to your life with a helping of zesty green, that’ll urge you to actually do something about the goals you’ve set for yourself. Oh, and Pantone is betting big on it as the colour of the year too, just saying.

If your favourite colour is green:

No, it doesn’t mean that you’re deeply attuned to mother nature. Rather, you like being secure financially and in your personal life. You are quintessentially a people’s person; you believe in seeing and being seen. “A life-affirming shade, greenery is emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality,” stated Pantone before crowning it the colour of the year.

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It can be a little too easy to get carried with the frivolities of life; add some orange to your wardrobe to invoke that sense of community and kinship with the people around you. Bonus, rust works wonderfully with Indian skin tones – just ask Deepika Padukone.

If your favourite colour is yellow:

You have a ‘let’s do it better’ personality and you’re get along marvellously with huge teams, according to Carol Ritberger, author of What Color is your Personality. Or, you know, you’re a Hufflepuff, in Harry Potter parlance. Before you ask, yes, it is a compliment. People who favour yellow are easygoing, brilliant team leaders and are great at dousing fires in the workplace. Quiet, but not shy, you know how to accomplish your goals without making a big deal out of it.

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Your life may be all sunshine and daisies in your head, but you need to work on adding an assertive edge to get things done efficiently. Mulhearn advises adopting a splash of red to your wardrobe to be taken more seriously. Historically, the colour red has been associated with confidence and the ability to command attention. Put your money where your mouth is and opt for a red powersuit to prove that you can take it just as easily as you can dish it out.

If your favourite colour is black:

Often accused of playing it safe, people who take to black as their go-to colour are characterised with a need for control. The world isn’t spared their innate cynicism and moodiness, but hey, at least you are in great company with Angelina Jolie who explains her monochromatic uniform with one logical reason: "I like to get up so every pair of pants goes with every top, every dress goes with every shoe. I've a very tiny closet."

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Mulhearn loves the  that the colour poses; “Black is interesting. If you wear head-to-toe black in the one fabric, it’s going to suggest that you are very safe, but also lazy because you went to no effort in your appearance. Mix up the fabrics — leather and lace send one message, while wool or tweed send another." 

If your favourite colour is white:

It's usually used in the same sentence with terms like ‘innocence’ and ‘purity’, but colour psychologists beg to differ. People who prefer white are said to put on a carefully curated façade for the world to see, and often take to the colour during a transitional period in life when they are trying to hide the chaos within.

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It’s okay to show your hand sometimes; if you’d like to show your softer side but still want to portray your reliability, Mulhearn wants you to bring light blue to the forefront of your wardrobe. “If you’re going for a more creative, ideas-based role at a job interview, go for a light blue — think open sky, open sea — the possibilities are limitless. They automatically think you are more open-minded,” she states.

If your favourite colour is purple:

You like to stray off the beaten track, don’t you? You don’t see the world as a binary choice between black and white, and you’d rather discover things for yourself than accept the status quo. And you aren’t alone – Selena Gomez favours the colour on the red carpet, and even found it in her heart to accept her then-boyfriend Justin Bieber’s lavender hair colour job.

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You aren’t afraid to shoulder the lone wolf tag, but people around you at work may need to be routinely assured of your dependability. Earthy hues and white can help rebuild that essential trust, and demonstrate that you have your life in order, according to a recent survey.

If your favourite colour is pink:

Chances are it took you a while to admit it because you’re afraid of seeming silly. You’ve had a sheltered life, but you definitely don’t take kindly to being considered naïve or delicate. Truth be told, you haven’t escaped life’s reality checks, but you are indeed hiding away from impending adulthood. Think Shoshanna Shapiro from Girls.

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In your head, you think you can take on the attitude of someone who swears by red, so it’s time to go for what you want. Start out slow with splashes of red in your daily wardrobe with a scarf or shoes, and slowly graduate to head-to-toe colour when the time feels right. (Here's how to nail this tricky trend.)

If your favourite colour is grey:

You most likely aren’t an E L James fan. You have strong ideas about right and wrong, but you’re also the first to accept that things aren’t always what they seem. This ability to give people the benefit of the doubt is what makes you a hit with your friends who regularly choose your shoulder to cry on. Work-wise, a penchant for sporting grey communicates that you can keep your emotions and your work separate, and can analyse situations without any bias.

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If you prefer to operate alone, black ought to help you convey an air of sophistication and exclusivity. Monochromatic stripes and powerful layering will help you climb those final few rungs on the career ladder and turn you into a name to be reckoned with. 

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