Navy blue is considered one of the best colours to wear on a job interview. According to a Career Builder survey of 2,099 hiring managers, interviewees wearing blue were considered team players. The colour symbolizes relaxation, loyalty, confidence and control.
Red leads to romance
Years of research suggest that crimson hues shouldn’t be reserved for Valentine’s Day. In one study, male participants were shown photos of women wearing various colours and asked how much they’d spend on a date with her. Turns out, guys said they’d drop the most cash on the ladies in red.
Grey helps you blend in
Feel like flying under the radar? Slip into some grey. Experts say the colour is subtle without being overly conservative, and elegant yet unassuming. That means you can keep an office-friendly vibe without defaulting to black.
Black conveys authority
Head-to-toe black signals power and authority. The colour is both slimming and versatile: when worn on a date it is elegant and chic, and when worn in the boardroom it signals you’re the boss. Of course, black is also associated with mourning and sadness. The colour could even be linked to aggressiveness. One study of NHL teams found that teams wearing black jerseys get the most penalties. It’s unknown whether that’s because wearing the colour makes a player more aggressive, or that officials have an unconscious bias against black.
Green sparks creativity
The colour green appeases our senses on a primitive level. It tells us that we are safe in a fertile, water-rich environment, above freezing temperatures, and with enough food to survive. Natural shades of green are calming and reassuring. One study found that the colour could even spark inventiveness. Participants were given two minutes to come up with as many uses for a tin can as they could. Before they began, half the group was shown a white rectangle, and the other half a green one. Participants in the green group came up with the more interesting, imaginative answers. Next time you need to inspire your team, go for a bold green print.