In Winter, it’s far easier to be in a gloomy mood than it is to be in an uplifted one. Wearing certain colors can help. Our minds respond to various colors, and wearing colors that typically inspire happiness and joy can really help when the rest of the world appears so cold and dismal.
Pink reduces anger, which is commonly why “drunk tanks” at local jails are painted Peptol Bismol pink (don’t ask how I know this). Pink is thought to be a soothing color that temporarily reduces anger and frustration, making it an easily worn color in the winter months to inspire calmness.
Yellow as a rule is a sunny color, however, it is best to wear this color as a detail rather than the main hue of your clothing, as yellow is the most disturbing color to the eyes and can cause irritation if brought on too strongly. However, it is still a pleasing color to wear in moderation as it inspires sunny thoughts, and feelings of warmth.
White is classic, and known for purity and innocence, and often inspires calm and serenity in most people. It’s a pleasing color to wear, particularly with green, which is a healing color, and a color symbolizing health and life (think green Spring) so these two colors paired together make for a calming atmosphere.
Brown is my favorite color, and is an earthy tone that represents being rooted and calm and in control. Brown in soft hues (like tan, dark blue with brown in it) is a great way to beat off the winter blues by not feeling “stuck” in the house. The color signifies calm and reassurance, something we all need in the winter months.
While red is a symbol for passion, it is also a hue for hatred, much like purple and black. These hues can inspire hatred or thoughts of doom, so I wouldn’t recommend these colors for the winter months, as these dramatic hues are more likely to inspire depression or anger than make you feel good.
Orange, on the other hand, is a bright sunny color, and for winter is a great color to wear. Pumpkin orange, rust orange, light orange, all signify homeyness and comfort, and cheeriness. Orange is just an all-over bubbly color that reminds us of happier, warmer days to come and to keep us in a brighter frame of mind.
And finally, blue, America’s favorite color. With good reason, too. Blues in general inspire relaxation, soothing, and even productivity in brighter shades. So wear blue happily (with orange, brown, pink, whatever) and feel calm despite the winter coldness going on all around you. Who knew colors made such an impact on our psyche?