Image of Kathy wearing sunglasses, hair up wearing a green dress

Do you wear green?

At a friend’s get-together on Saturday, 4 of us women were wearing various shades of green dresses or tops. The collective greenness sparked curiosity, as other women mentioned they hadn’t received the memo about wearing green.  Purely coincidental, but it shows how impactful a colour can be. In this case, beautiful green.

The science behind colour

Colour is light and we see colours due to the way light is reflected off items. The eye retina consists of photoreceptors, tiny cells that respond to light (Rods & Cones). Photoreceptors transmit stimuli/signals to the visual centre of our eyes which then translate into colours.

Light also affects the hypothalamus in the brain as well as the pituitary and pineal glands, influencing hormones, metabolism, heat and our nervous system.

Colours at the warmer end of the spectrum such as red, orange and yellow have longer wavelengths of light which stimulate the sense by encouraging action, creating excitement and boosting energy.

At the opposite end of the spectrum – blue, purple and green have shorter wavelengths. These cooler colours are more restful for our eyes providing a calming and soothing effect on the senses.

The emotions linked to green

Green is a colour that can evoke powerful emotions. It is a dominant colour in nature that makes you think of growth. As we’re surrounded by green in nature, being amongst it (and wearing it) promotes feelings of well-being and relaxation.  It’s also the colour that requires the least adjustment by our eyes to view it.

I’ve seen it a lot more in the shops over the last couple of years, and it’s very prominent this year in the UK.

Green can give you a hit of happiness as well as grounding when you choose to wear it. The most important impact on how you look when wearing green, and any colour, will be close to your face. The colour will reflect upwards and respond to your natural complexion.

On the left is a lady with dark hair wearing a green top, on the right is 24 rectangles showing different shades of green

Shades of green

Warmer greens contain more yellow and include lime, olive and sage. Cooler greens are mixed with more blue such as emerald, spruce and pine.

It is quite possible to get an instinct and feel which is better for us individually. But, in my experience, this doesn’t always happen, which results in a lot of trial and error. To understand fully how colours work with your natural colouring, whether you need a warm or cool green and how to combine colours for the best youthful look, you’d find a Personal Colour Analysis consultation very beneficial.

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