Can the colours you wear make you more likeable?


Your clothing conveys who you are to others; hence the outfit you're wearing today could be a reflection of your mood.

But sometimes it's based on a little more than what your weather app says as a little crispness in the air won’t necessarily stop you from wearing those short-shorts.

But we are currently in a fashion era where minimalism is all the…well I would say rage, but there’s nothing loud or “look at me” about minimalism. So I’ll just say minimalism is in and that means a lot more of us are going for neutral, muted colours like black, white, ink, grey, brown, olive and burgundy.

Read more: 15 ways to dress if you think minimalism is boring

Does that mean all the bright, bold colours have been tossed aside and forgotten about like those jelly shoes you enthusiastically bought in 2013?

Surely not. Everyone has a favourite colour or at least a go-to colour of sorts, usually one of the primary colours, as was noted in Live Science's pie chart of humanity's favourite colours. These tend to be either rather bright or a calm pastel tone. 

But do you find that it’s easier to approach someone in an all-black ensemble or the lady with the cute ‘fro wearing a dusty pink blouse? 

Perhaps it depends on the kind of outfit they're wearing – the all-black ensemble could be a relaxed black jeans and biker jacket combo, while the dusty pink blouse could be paired with a white pencil skirt and block heels.

According to Psychology Today, it is not only colours which give off a vibe about us, but the way we dress also gives off a certain impression to strangers (and people you know) about our personalities. 

So does the colour you wear most often really say something about your personality?


A staple in every closet, black exudes authority and sophistication. But it can also be received as quite somber as, apparently, you can’t get it all this morning and still wear your favourite LBD.


According to colour psychology, blue (yes, even navy/ink) is a calm and intelligent colour, which encourages productivity. Hmmm, so perhaps we should all be wearing blue to work more often then?


Known as the "money" colour, except that won’t stop me from wearing it even when I’m broke, green might have people perceiving you as a calm, loving, generous person who has her sh** together. Perfect for a job interview?

And if you opt for olive green we’re just assuming you’re up to date with the latest trends.


Often associated with femininity (thanks to Mean Girls and Legally Blonde), this one probably gives you a knowing look from the hanger when you're in a good mood and says, "oh just do it, wear me."


For the gals who drink their tea with their pinky in the air, this colour is oh-so-royal. If you have a lot of purple in your wardrobe, you’re probably also quite spiritual and creative.


They always say wear red when you want to make a statement, so even if you’re an introvert your style can do the talking for you. But if you generally just love wearing red, you are most likely the assertive, energetic, passionate life of any party. 


You’ve got to love how unapologetic this colour is. Yellow in an outfit is like beetroot on a plate – you just can’t miss it. And if you’re not shy to wear it head-to-toe, you’re either as daring a fashionista as Solange or you are really cheerful person who had a happy childhood.

But who’s to say you won’t have a crappy day while wearing a canary yellow coat?

Images: Getty

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