Jennifer Aniston also reverts to her trusty little black dress for big events on the red carpet, she knows she looks good in them and feels comfortable wearing them too, we too have a love for our black outfits and it's the colour we're most likely to choose.
Despite brights and pastel colours filling the catwalks this season and style icons like Kate Middleton flying the flag for colour, research by Comfort Brights fabric conditioner reveals that black is still the colour women fall back on when trying to pick a successful outfit.
Black was rated the top colour for a romantic date, job interview and a night out with friends, with 41 per cent of women also saying it was the colour they felt most comfortable in, according to Comfort Brights.
Kate Nightingale comments: “With 41% of us still opting for black over any other colour, Brits need to have more confidence when it comes to brights – not only does it immediately make us look confident but it can also change the way people think about us. As soon as you meet someone new, whether it is on a date or in a job interview, you associate the colours they’re wearing with certain personality characteristics.“
Attracting the opposite sex
Despite almost a third of the nation’s women saying black would be one of three colours of choice for a romantic date – followed by red and purple which also appeared most often in women’s top three – 39 per cent of those that have never been married said they’d choose red.
Kate Nightingale comments: “Deciding what to wear on a first date can be incredibly important. Colour is the first thing people notice about us, and its impact is immediate and long-lasting. And while you may not think people will even notice what colour you’re wearing, subconsciously they’ll be making their own assumptions. Red can be a great colour to attract the opposite sex and to show your flirtatious side on a first date.
“But wearing red doesn’t have to just be for singletons. Fewer numbers of married women say they’d choose red as one of their top three colours for a romantic date, compared to 39 per cent of women who’ve never been married. I’d like to encourage married couples to add some colour to their relationships. Even wearing a hint of red – a silk scarf, or even some red lipstick – can add some excitement."
Dressing for success
The clothes we wear at work or in a job interview say a lot about the image we are trying to portray and how we feel about ourselves. So what does colour tell people?
Cathy Dyos, Regional Managing Director at Reed Specialist Recruitment says: “Within seconds of meeting you, a prospective employer will respond to the 'colour messages' given off by your clothes. With first impressions playing such a big role, it’s no wonder 63 per cent of people opt for the safe option and turn to black to be successful in an interview. It really depends on what kind of job you’re going for – but you should use colour to portray different things about yourself; navy conveys confidence, orange and pink show great communicators and are easy on the eye and green is very warm. The most important thing to remember is for your colours to be crisp and bright to make a statement.”
Keeping that holiday feeling
Colour’s important in any work environment, not just when you’re trying to get a certain job. For those people who suffer from the post-holiday blues when they return to work, white is the colour to go for, according to Kate. The public seem to agree with white coming out on top as the colour women choose most often in their top three to keep them in the holiday mood, closely followed by yellow and pink.
Kate Nightingale’s top tips on wearing colour:
Know what colours suit you and your personality – choose colours that work well with your Skin tone and hair colour but also express your personality. Red is passionate and strong. Blue is authoritative and dependable. Green is natural and trustworthy. And yellow is joyful and friendly
Wear bright colours! They will make you happier and more confident and therefore more effective, productive and successful at work and definitely more attractive to the opposite sex
Different colours for different occasions – think carefully about the colours you choose according to the occasion and don’t underestimate the message your choice of colour conveys