I see many clients in the New Year who want ‘New Year, New You’ – and in my world that means an image refresh. Rightly or wrongly we are judged on our appearance – someone who looks very well presented is assumed to be ‘on top of their game’. But our image also sends messages about who we are (or who we want to be perceived as).
In my new Personal Branding consultation, I focus on what our image says about us, and ensuring that image is the one that we want others to have of us. One element that I touch on is the psychology of colour.
Colour can not only make us look amazing, it can also send messages to others about us. Plus, the Colour we wear also has an impact on how we feel too!
So if you are thinking about your image going into the New Year – whether that to give you inner confidence or to wow your new boss at your interview – then maybe you might like to think about how you can use colour to your advantage to tell the world what you are all about:
Here’s a quick run through the primary colours.
Red – Is a real power colour! It’s exciting, energetic and ambitious. But beware, the power of this colour can be seen as aggressive to some. So use in situations carefully, and ones that you want to be in charge of!
If you just want a hint of this powerful colour, then an accessory like this chain strap handbag from Marks & Spencer is perfect.
Whilst if you want to command the attention that you deserve, then you will receive it in this structured but feminine silhouetted jacket from Hobbs.
Blue – In contrast to red, Blue is calmer. It conveys messages of trust, peace and order. It can also be seen as predictable and conservative – great for saying ‘I’m a safe pair of hands’, but not so much if you are more creative and want to shake things up a bit!