What Message Is the Color You're Wearing Sending?

Lisa Johnson Mandell
colors at work clothing
colors at work clothing



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You might want to think twice before you fall back on basic black every day. You may believe it looks classic and sophisticated, or maybe you're wearing it because it's just plain easy. But black could also be signaling to your co-workers that you're depressed, unimaginative, dark-spirited and/or lazy.

"The colors you wear in a professional setting are about so much more than mere fashion or style," says Sheila Dicks, professional style coach and founder of the Fashion Expert Network. "Colors send subconscious messages, and can affect your mood, as well as the mood of the workers around you."