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The Psychology of Colors and the Effects of Colors in Neckties

Three main colors are the basis of every color shade. By mixing Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), and Yellow an almost infinite range of color shades are possible. When we add white or black for contrast, the number is even larger. Over 16 million different color shades have been recorded, far more than the human eye can distinguish.

Every color creates certain moods and feelings within us. Studies have shown that our reactions to color are almost instantaneous, and that they have a deep impact on the choices we make everyday. You might have heard that people are more relaxed in green rooms, or that most weightlifting records are broken in blue gyms. Just like green and blue, every color creates certain feelings.

For formal men’s attire, the basic colors are usually quite conservative. A gray suit and white dress shirt is the most common combination. The only part of clothing accessory where color is appropriate and considered fashionable is the necktie. Bright red, pink, and green neckties are quite popular color choice. But what do they say about our personality? How does a red tie appear to others, and what feelings does it provoke? Below is a list of the most common colors and their psychological impact. Once you found the color that suits your mood and or situation you may also want to learn how to properly match this tie color to shirt and suit. I suggest you also read our guide on Matching Ties for more information.

Blue neckties:

Surveys have shown that blue is by large men’s favorite color. For men’s fashion, in particular formal attire, blue is a common color for the entire wardrobe: Suits, shirts, and ties. Blue is said to have a trustworthy and dependable appearance on people. Although most shades of blue are serene and sedate, some blue tones express more exhilaration. Wearing an electric blue necktie for example creates more excitement.

Green neckties: The psychology of wearing green

Following the color blue, green is men’s second most favorite color. In formal men’s attire darker shades of green and olive are seen in suits. Green dress shirts are rare, and are often a light pastel-tone green. Neckties come in almost any green shade available. Lighter greens of lime and sage are common in the spring. The winter months call for darker olive and brownish green ties.

Green is a mix of yellow and blue and has both cool and warm undertones. Green is therefore perceived as a soothing and relaxing color. Light green neckties, popular in the spring, have a warm and positive impact on people.

This type has golden brown to medium brown hair and an olive skin tone. His colors would be strong and intense such as auburn, tomato red, olive green, golden yellow, orange, copper and nougat.

Yellow neckties: The psychology of wearing yellow ties

Yellow is a warm and cheerful color. It shines with optimism and happiness, and is said to spark creative thoughts. Yellow ties combine well with blue and gray combinations. For neckties lighter pastel tone yellows with a hint of green are popular in the spring. They are the most cheerful of all yellows. Golden yellows are often in style in the fall, and brownish yellow and mustard yellow are popular tie colors in the winter.

Orange neckties:

Lighter orange colored ties combine exceptionally well with light blue shirt and dark gray suit. Orange is a close relative to red, an emotionally intense color. Compared to red however, orange is slightly less intense and carries more warmth (from yellow). Orange ties are most common in spring and summer.

Red ties:

Red is full of energy. Red ties are usually worn by outgoing personality types. It shines full of optimism and it increases enthusiasm. The brighter the red the more emotionally intense it is. Wearing a darker red tie, such as burgundy or maroon, is more conservative. They are popular ties for politicians for example.

Brown ties:

Brown neckties are most common for men’s fall and winter fashion. Brown speaks of stability and reliability. Brown ties are often times worn by older men.

White ties:

White ties are said to be the Queen of all neckties. White is the traditional color of ties when ties made it into the fashion world in France during the 17th century. White is a color of purity and neutrality. Judges in Germany for example are required to wear white ties to court. When matched with a solid black dress shirt and black suit, the white tie has more of a “gangster” image on the other hand.

Gray neckties:

Gray is men’s favorite suit color. Gray is said to be solid, conservative, and timeless. For neckties, gray is most common in the winter. Silver ties popular ties for formal events during warm weather or during the day.

Black neckties:

Black ties are one of the most formal tie colors. The term “black tie attire” speaks for itself. Black is a color of authority and power. Black is a popular color for both men’s and women’s fashion, probably partially due to the fact that wearing black makes us appear thinner.

Tie-Knots.org – a mens fashion website with an emphasis on teaching men how to tie a tie. This page teaches you about colors and what they say about our personality? What necktie color suits your personality, and how do others perceive a colorful necktie? Besides ties, pocket squares and dress shirts are also common places to show some color on a traditional business outfit. If you like to wear pocket squares in addition to ties, then you may also want to see you tutorial on How to Fold a Pocket Square.