This writer lives near the coast, and often goes for a walk along the sea front. Sometimes, even here in Spain, the sea and sky are a lowering, grey colour. On those days, it’s natural to hunch up, look down at the feet and get to the warmth of a cafe or the shelter of the car as soon as possible. There’s a need for comfort, and because of that, you don’t notice what’s happening around you. You’re driven, focused on the aim of escaping from the weather.
More often than not, the sky and sea is blue, and what a difference those colours make! Then it’s great to just stroll along, relaxed and happy, taking in the surroundings and glorying in the beauty of the shore. If we stop for a drink, we’ll sit outside, watching the world go by, noticing everything that is happening around us.
The sunshine brings on a happy mood, and it’s not just the warmth of the sun, it’s the colour. Think of a paint chart. Sunshine yellow, storm grey, sky blue, Mediterranean blue. The yellow and blue shades have positive adjectives, while ‘storm’ grey is negative.
So, if you get up feeling ill or unhappy in the morning, dressing in grey is likely to compound those feelings. And because there is no brightness in grey, there’s nothing to light up your face and make you look happier. If, on the other hand, you settle for a bright blue outfit, or a yellow one, the lift that the colour gives to your complexion will also lift your spirits.
This writer’s favourite colour is red, and she wears it as often as possible, and especially when it’s necessary to cheer up. Okay, red may have associations with anger and danger, but generally speaking, it’s an optimistic colour which flatters most colourings. If you look good, you immediately start to feel good, and a bright colour is always going to make you look good by reflecting your skin tones or picking up the light in your eyes.
When people dress for a funeral, in black or grey, the sombre colour is reflected in their demeanour. On the other hand, if you dress in black for a formal occasion, you tend to lighten the black with a white shirt, or perhaps a sequin trim, or some bright jewellery, to mark the fact that this is a special occasion, but not a mournful occasion.
Conversely, if you’re dressing for an occasion such as a wedding or christening, you don lighter, brighter colours, and put on a lighter, brighter mood. Look around the wedding department of your local store – it’s unlikely you’ll see anything in unrelieved dark colours, because who wants to turn up at a wedding looking dark and dour?
Colours definitely affect one’s mood, whether it’s the colours of nature, or the clothes you wear. Think of the first sighting of the greens of spring, after a long, cold winter – doesn’t everyone look happier? You can’t control nature in order to boost your mood, but you can boost your mood with your clothing and accessory choices. Why not try it for yourself the next time your mood needs a lift?