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What Your Clothing Colors Say About Your Personality

A version of this post first appeared on 60 & Me.

Fashion is about self-expression. You choose outfits that appeal to you. You desire that your clothes say something significant to the world around you.

At Generous Fashions, we know that as a curvy woman, the clothes that you choose say a lot about your personality.

It is true that perceptions of colors and their meaning are somewhat subjective. Cultural factors must be considered as well. But here are some of the traits and qualities commonly associated with colors.

Learn about the magic of color and what it says about your personality, and you can always present your best image to the world.

Black for Sophistication

Sophisticated, stylish, and classic. Every woman should have her little black dress. It’s authoritative and strong while staying elegant. Beware however, of getting caught in the trap of an all black wardrobe. Some plus size women fixate on dark colors for their slimming effect.

It’s true that black gives you a naturally slimmer silhouette and can be quite flattering. But don’t limit yourself. Use black to express one aspect of your personality, not to hide all the color you want to share.

Gray for Balance

Neutral, subtle, and balanced. Adding a touch of gray to your outfit makes you stand out for all the right reasons. It falls between two stark, dramatic colors – black and white. So, gray’s great for complementing striking pieces with a neutral tone.

Don’t add too much gray to your wardrobe. A totally gray outfit can make you look washed out, leaving you with a sad, dull vibe. Use gray sparingly to appear confident and sophisticated.

Blue for Positivity

Peaceful, tranquil, and positive. Blue can make you look independent and clever too. Soothing tones of blue give off an easy, relaxed vibe, much like the open sky. During spring and summer, bright blue hues can brighten up your wardrobe. They give it fresh life after a long winter.

In the cooler months, use deep, earth-toned blues to accent your look. Deep, cobalt blue feels independent and dramatic. It isn’t defiant, but you can’t help but take notice.

For a softer effect, use light blue, aqua, and turquoise in your wardrobe. They offer the tranquil feel of blue without the stronger traits.

Purple to Command Respect

Rich, royal, and artistic. The richness of purple doesn’t just express wealth. It also reveals a deep personality, a fulfilling inner life, or a strong creative spirit.

Intense purple harkens to the kings of centuries past. It grants you a regal air that demands respect and attention.

Red to Go Bold

Intensity, dominance, and passion. If you love to wear red, you are probably an extroverted, outgoing person.

A red dress makes you the center of attention – and can be quite a sexy look. Want to go bold? Go scarlet red.

Pink for Youthful Energy

Energetic, jovial, fun. Lighter reds and pinks express a slightly toned down version of the red intensity. Pink is full of youthful energy, but charged with fun instead of the sensual passion of red.

Yellow Adds Inspiration

Cheery, intelligent, and bright. Yellow is an inspiring color that can help you keep a positive focus. Spend the day with a friend who wears yellow and things are sure to feel a bit brighter.

Orange Goes Social

Creative, social, and ambitious. Wearing orange makes you the life of the party.

Orange draws in others for conversation and other social interactions. This entertaining, outgoing color is great for extroverted women. You’ll always make an inviting and unique social statement with a bold orange outfit.

Green for Life

Natural, healing, and calm. Green is the color that surrounds you in nature. For Americans, it’s also the symbol of success and money.

Wear green to appear charismatic and charming. People will be drawn to your natural, down to earth style. Darker tones reflect the forest or precious gems. Lighter greens are refreshing and full of life – like tropical water or fresh flowers.

Brown as a Complement

Reliable, authentic, and well-grounded. Brown is the color of the earth beneath your feet. It exudes stability and confidence.

A beautiful color for fall fashion, brown is easy to accent with other earth tones. Beige, tan, and cream give off a similar vibe and are easy to pair with complementary colors.

White Says Confidence

Clean, fresh, and new. Wearing white takes confidence. It tells the world, “I’m taking a fresh look at things. I’m ready for anything.”

Others will view you as positive and courageous when you wear white. Don’t think of it as dull or plain. White is simple yet powerful.

What Color Best Suits You?

Of course, you shouldn’t define yourself by one color. But you probably have that one blouse or dress you love to wear. It just feels right. Because it’s the color that suits you best.

Take note of the colors the people around you choose to wear. Learn about them by the clothing they select. You’ll enjoy each interaction that much more.


Stephen, Your Designer

“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen

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