Do people see you as greedy or wise?

COLOR_WORD_PURPLEDid you know that purple was the most expensive colour dye to create?

The earliest purple dyes date back to about 1900 B.C. It took around 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of the pure dye – barely enough to dye a single garment the size of the Roman toga. It’s no wonder then, this colour was used primarily for garments of the emperors or privileged individuals.  Put simply, purple signified wealth and extravagance.

Whether we consciously realise it or not, we still today, have an awareness around purple and wealth.  You can use it to your advantage though.

My advice…if you are negotiating money in any form, avoid wearing purple as you run the risk of giving the impression you have enough already (if it’s a pay-rise) or that your prices are too high (if you are selling).  If however, you are teaching, advising or presenting then purple is your friend, giving people the impression you have a wealth of experience and wisdom.

Colour has a huge impact on our thoughts!

 

Men’s Dressing – Combining suits, shirts and ties

3 Plains (shirt, tie and suit)
Great look, very current. Best if there is some relationship between the colours, e.g. Navy blue suit, pale blue shirt and medium blue tie. The contrast/blend and tone will depend on what is right for your colouring.

2 Plains/1 Pattern (Plain suit and shirt, patterned tie)
Interesting variation, try to have some link in the colour scheme. It is difficult to work with two different colour stories.

2 Patterns/1 Plain
Most common combination for business, works best if colours relate. (striped suit, plain shirt and foulard pattern tie). If wearing a patterned shirt, you are perhaps better to go for a plain tie.

herringbone-stanwyck-stripe-navy-suit3 Patterns
E.g. birds eye suit, striped shirt and woven tie. Difficult to pull off, unless the colours are well co-ordinated. If you manage it you will look very stylish.