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Is It Hue or You?

Sun Mar 08 2015 | Author: Carol Olmstead
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I resisted for a while, but now I’m posting my thoughts about DressGate - also known as #TheDress – the social media phenomenon that asks you to decide whether a possible mother-of-the-bride dress is blue and black or white and gold. First, for the record, the dress is clearly light blue and brown, but that wasn’t one of the options so I’ve kept out of the debate.

Until now.

No matter what color that darn dress really is, in Feng Shui we know that the colors you wear can be as influential as the colors you place in your surroundings. The Feng Shui discussion of color revolves around what we call The Five ElementsFire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each has its own characteristic colors, so when you wear the color of a specific Element, you activate its corresponding energy. That means it does matter whether you wear a blue dress with black trim – the Water Element that represents movement and flow, or a white dress with gold trim – the Metal Element that represents strength and focus.

I did a little searching and found these cool facts about color and behavior.

Red attracts. A French study reported that female on-line daters received twice as many emails from potential dates when they wore red in their photos. “Red reminds people of how their face looks when they blush in the presence of someone they’re interested in,” says Adam Alter, author of Drunk Tank Pink.

Blue may reduce criminal behavior. After officials near Kyoto, Japan, installed blue streetlights in dangerous neighborhoods, the crime rate fell by 9%. “The lights mimic those atop police cars and seem to imply that the police are watching,” said Alter.

Strawberries are packed in green baskets to appear juicy. These complementary colors make even imperfect berries appear more vibrant, says Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, the group that picks the color of the year.

Red and yellow are go-to choices for fast food chains. McDonald’s and Burger King use bright, warm colors that “leap” forward, beckoning you to the drive-through, says Eiseman, instead of cool colors that recede. These hues also stimulate the appetite because there are so many foods in those colors.

So for the record, what colors do I see for #TheDress?

Actually, the colors don’t matter because of those stripes. Horizontal stripes for the bride’s mom? You gotta be kidding!


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