14 Things The Colors You Wear Say About You

Last updated on : January 03 2023

what the colors you wear says about you


Have you ever stopped to think about the message your clothing colors might be sending to others? The colors we choose to wear can reveal a lot about our personality, mood, and even our cultural and social identities. 

Each color carries its unique associations and meanings, from the bold and confident hues of red and orange to the calming and soothing shades of blue and green. There is a reason why particular colors draw you, and some of it concerns your powers of seduction

So next time you're getting dressed, consider the message you want to send to the world and let the colors you wear today speak for you.

Blue Says You Are Loyal And Confident.

what wearing blue says about you

One of the most popular colors, blue is a color that represents loyalty, peace, confidence, and success. It is a soothing color that makes people around you feel comfortable. Research has found that this color causes the human body to produce certain chemicals that have calming properties.

Navy blue is the go-to color for a job interview. It portrays a sense of being ‘in control’ and is considered to be one of the best colors to wear to corporate and training events. Blue is the right color to wear to work for these exact reasons.

Consider wearing a sexy blue dress on a new date to calm both yourself and your partner. The color combined with a more sensual tighter fit creates a contrast that teases but equally provides confidence in your loyalty to him. 

perfect date blue dress

Colors That Go With Blue

Match blue with pink or red for maximum effect. Soft pinks and blues are subtle but still eye-catching. However red and blue creates contrast for a much bolder look. Try pairing a red jacket with blue jeans for an ultimate and always trending fashion statement.   

For the ultimate in color-blocking, match orange and blue. Try blue pants and an orange top, or a striking blue dress with a statement orange necklace piece. Nude shoes bring this combination together.  

Red Displays Your Bold And Sex-Oriented Tendencies.

what wearing red says about you

When you think of red, you most likely link it to love, romance, and passion. If you love wearing red dresses, it indicates that you are someone who is energetic, strong-willed, passionate, a touch aggressive, and outspoken. You enjoy living life to the fullest and indulge in a bit of risk-taking at times.

New or strange things do not scare you quickly, as you are focused on moving forward. You wear red because you love attention. Red brings you into the spotlight and imparts confidence as well as sensuality to all you meet. The color red is known to be an arousing color as well, so bring out that little sexy red number if you want to ooze sex appeal and boldness.

red dress displays confident sex appeal

Colors That Go With Red

Make a statement with red and blue. Keep it simple with jeans and a red jacket or up the ante with a power red dress and blue heels. Safe colors that go with blue include pink, metallic silver for a glitzy look, and camel for a neutral alternative to black or white.    

In shoes and accessories try silver, gold, black, nude & beige, white or an animal print like a leopard.

Yellow Communicates Your Happy, Girly Energy.

what wearing yellow says about you

The sunshine color of yellow brings a happy, fun, and positive mood that has the power to lift everyone around you instantly. If you wear yellow often you are vivacious, always laughing, and undeniably feminine. Wearing a yellow dress suggests that you are an active, creative, and exciting woman. This color encourages intelligence, so you plan to wear it on work-heavy days when you need that extra boost of inspiration and pump.

Yellow improves concentration which is the reason we see this color used on legal notepads and highlighters. However, remember not to overdo it as dressing in an all-yellow ensemble may work against you – cut the effect with a contrasting belt or shoes.

yellow ombre bandage dress

Colors That Go With Yellow

Yellow and green is a fresh combination that looks good almost universally. Go warmer with mustard yellows, khaki, or dark greens and more refreshing with brighter hues in both colors. 

With a yellow dress try black, metallic silver, beige, white, or an animal print like a leopard in shoes and accessories. 

Green Says You Are Serene And Soft.

what wearing green says about you

Green is a color that is easy on the eyes and mind. A green dress often has a soothing and comforting effect on the people around you. If you find that you pick green dresses and apparel quite usually, it is likely that you want to be well-liked and recognized. The color also indicates that you have a soft heart and are very caring.

Green dress wearers live an active social life, live in a good neighborhood, and are mindful of their social reputation and finances. Green is also the color that connected to life and nature, which means that you are probably an environment-conscious person and appreciate the greenery. You are charismatic and have an aura of mystery at the same time.

what does green mean when you wear it

Colors That Go With Green

Yellow and green is a fresh combination that looks good almost universally. Go warmer with mustard yellows, khaki, or dark greens and more refreshing with brighter hues in both colors. 

With a green dress try silver, gold, black, nude & beige, white, or an animal print like a leopard in shoes and accessories. 

Black Demonstrates Your Preference For Elegance And Luxury.

what wearing black says about you

Who doesn’t love wearing black? One of the most flattering, classy, and versatile colors, black is well-loved in women’s apparel for its ability to give your body the illusion of being slimmer. The color black symbolizes many things: power, elegance, luxury, and authority being a few.

When worn at work, black exudes leadership, while a sexy little black dress is the ideal stylish look when you are on a date. However, too much black in your outfit may make you seem unapproachable, cold, or harsh, so break up the look with accessories or different textures.

metallic black bandage dress

Colors That Go With Black

Black pretty much goes with anything. For less attention add small swathes of color like silver or beige shoes, for added emphasis go for red or other bright colors in jackets, handbags, or scarves. 

White Says You Are Pure And Full Of Optimism.

what wearing white says about you

There’s no mistaking this one - white is indicative of innocence, purity, simplicity, and optimism. If white clothing draws you, it indicates that you are a reliable person with a sense of absolute freedom and an optimistic view of life.

You love fresh beginnings, appreciate the right things, and tend to live with a notion and appreciation for perfection. Pairing it with a contrasting piece of clothing or some colorful accessories can add a nice touch to a white ensemble.

short white bandage dress

Colors That Go With White

White is versatile and eternally fashionable. Although most colors will go with white our favorites are silver and gold metallics, any of the cool blues, white and tan, purple, and red.

Try these colors in shoes and accessories without overpowering the white base.  

Purple Displays Your Royal Nature And Charming Persona

what wearing purple says about you

Traditionally the color of royalty, purple stands for sophistication, wealth, and luxury. In the modern-day, this color also indicates a type of personality that is creative, charming, insightful, and has a love for the arts.

Since purple is a blend of red and blue, people who are attracted to this color have a mixed, unpredictable personality that is calming and temperamental at the same time. Not everyone loves or can pull off this shade, so wearing a purple or violet dress also says that you are confident about your taste and yourself.  

short purple bandage dress on model

Colors That Go With Purple

Purple looks fantastic with white; it's feminine and sensual. Also, try purple with coral for a contrast that fits just right. 

In shoes go with black, silver, gold, white, beige, burgundy or blue for an unexpected yet stunning look.  

Pink Shows Off Your Femininity And Kindness

what wearing pink says about you

The color pink and femininity are tied together. Pink denotes that you have a soft, comforting, and affectionate personality. If your wardrobe has more than a handful of pink dresses and apparel in various hues and styles, you are someone who values kindness and comfort above everything else.

Pink says that you cannot tolerate any violence or cruelty but find yourself vulnerable at times. It is also the color of love along with red, but less aggressive than the red.

classic pink bandage dress on model

Colors That Go With Pink

Pink and pale blue make a delightfully subtle color combination that is still eye-catching. Or for more versatility try pink and grey for an easy on the eye color combination. 

For shoes try dark neutrals, silver, gold or gunmetal metallics and skin tone nudes. For added punch go with fiercely contrasting color blocks like yellow, turquoise, cobalt blue or red.   

Orange Says You Are Unique And Exciting.

what wearing orange says about you

Not every woman prefers an orange dress, which goes to show that if you are a lover of orange, you are different from most women.

Orange says you are energetic, bubbly and one who is often the life of the party. Fun, appealing, and creative, the color orange is warmth, friendliness, new possibilities, and good times. Mix and match with other hues and textures and be intelligent about your choice of accessories when wearing an orange dress.

mix orange with other colors in a dress

Colors That Go With Orange

Orange and blue or orange and black are stand out and bold color choices that exude confidence. Tone it down a notch with orange and grey. 

Try nude, black or brown for safe choices in shoes. Leopard print gives your look some excitement, as does silver. 

Brown Communicates Your Steadiness And Dependability.

what wearing brown says about you

Brown is a steady, grounded shade. It is the color of the earth and nature. When you wear a brown dress, you represent all things reliable and stable. It portrays that you are a dependable, smart, and rational person who avoids rushing into things and prefers sensibly doing things.

Research has shown that the color brown is more effective in promoting communication between people as compared to other colors.

try beige instead of brown

Colors That Go With Brown

For a comfortable combination pair brown with orange, or try yellow for a more energetic look. White, blue, red, and pink are matches too. 

For shoes go with a contrasting brown shade. White or off-white and black are safe choices while pink or yellow add color and personality.  

Silver Says You Are Always Up For Adventure And The Center Of Attention.

what wearing silver says about you

Gone are the days when silver clothing was associated just with high-flying socialites, rock stars, and performers. Silver dresses today say sophistication and style, and let everyone know that you aren’t shy to dress up and experiment with your clothing.

Silver, being a metallic color, signifies that the wearer loves adventure and is up for anything. This color also symbolizes emotional stability and the removal of negativity.

shy in a silver dress

Colors That Go With Silver

Try gold or gunmetal for a heavier look and shades of blue, purple or turquoise for a lighter colorful look. Avoid warm colors as they tend to clash with silver. 

In shoes, you are safe with black, silver or white shoes. Try nude for something different and red to add a pop of color.    

Gold Displays Your Charismatic Personality And Poise.

what wearing gold says about you

Another metallic color that not everyone can pull off, gold is a color that portrays self-confidence, authority, and creativity. Wearing a gold dress not only makes you look unique and stylish but also symbolizes a charismatic personality that has the power to make others feel valued and comfortable in your company.

A lover of gold clothing also gives out compassion and enjoys respect, attention, and warmth from others in return.

flirty in a gold dress

Colors That Go With Gold

Black, white, and gold on gold are safe bets. Adding a tinge of red, especially in shoes brings out a surprisingly warm look. 

Gray Says You Prefer Your Space And Self.

what wearing gray says about you

Gray is a color that can be subtle and elegant without being a conformist. You are an unassuming persona and often very neutral in your beliefs and personality. You wear gray because you prefer to not draw attention to yourself. Being neither dark or bright, the color gray in your clothes sends the message that you want to remain inconspicuous.

If you find your closet full of gray, mix it up with other colors to balance your look.

grey sequins dress

Colors That Go With Gray

Grey and pink are always feminine. Otherwise go for black, white, red or burgundy in accessories or shoes. 

Add bursts of color with neon, magenta or cobalt blue. Or take a risk with an animal print. As you can see grey is quite versatile when it comes to matching colors.

Colors And Special Occasions

There are some occasions where specific colors are traditionally expected or preferred. However, it is ultimately up to the individual to decide what to wear, and it is important to wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident.

That said, here are some occasions where specific colors are often expected or preferred:

  • Black tie events: Black tie events usually require evening wear, such as a tuxedo or formal gown. Black and dark colors, such as navy blue, are often preferred for these events.
  • Weddings: The color of the dresses worn by bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party is typically chosen by the bride and coordinated with the overall theme and color scheme of the wedding. White or off-white is generally reserved for the bride.
  • Religious ceremonies: Depending on the religion, specific colors may be expected or preferred for the clothing worn to religious ceremonies. For example, in some Hindu and Sikh ceremonies, bright colors are often worn, while modest, conservative dress is preferred in some Muslim and Jewish ceremonies.
  • Business settings: In a professional business, one is usually expected to dress in formal or business casual attire. Neutral colors, such as black, navy blue, and gray, are often preferred.
  • Funerals: Black is traditionally worn to funerals as a sign of respect for the deceased. However, in some cultures and religions, other colors may be worn, such as white in some Asian cultures.


The color of your clothes is one of the first things that people notice about you. Now that you know what various colors mean, you can use these insights to sharpen and polish your wardrobe.

Instead of going by what others feel or wear, do your color experiments, and soon you will know what works the best for you and what not so much. To sum it up in the words of Coco Chanel, “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the questions most asked by our readers.

What colors flatter my skin tone?

A lot of us stick to colors that are neutral and easy, which is why it's such a breath of fresh air when we see someone playing with really bright, unusual tones. Playing with color is a gamble - you're either going to get it right and look fantastic or get it wrong and look like you're on death row. 

The best colors for you can be hard to figure out at first, which is why most people settle for "black looks good on everyone.". However with small effort you can work it out.

Refer to this article to understand your skin tone and how to match it to a dress color. 

How To Choose The Best Party Dresses For Your Complexion

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