Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Red Effect

floral bow brooch, bright red cashmere sweater, bootcut blue jeans

Wearing bright red makes the world seem conquerable. As noted by Color Wheel Pro, "Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, [etc]." This perception is supported by research: eminent color psychologist Andrew Elliot, a professor at the University of Rochester, found that literally "seeing red" can provoke aggression or fear. (Sources: 1 & 2.) Unsurprisingly, red is the color belonging to Ares/Mars, the war god of the Greco-Roman pantheon.

Andrew Elliot and his colleagues also discovered that red tends to make men view women as more desirable. In addition to the color's connotation of bellicosity, red symbolizes romance: think of long-stemmed roses on Valentine's Day. Brides wear red wedding dresses in parts of Asia, such as India and China.

So... my sweater might cause a fight-or-flight response, or it might be a turn-on. Regardless, it definitely keeps me cozy and warm! Cashmere is great.

floral bow brooch, bright red cashmere sweater, bootcut blue jeans

10 comments :

  1. My friends always used to tell me blondes were made to wear red when my hair was my natural colour. Seeing these makes me think they were 100% on point with that advice.

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    1. I didn't know you were a blonde! Thank you :)

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  2. Hooray for cuddly sweaters!! :-D You make me wish I had a snazzy red sweater ;-)

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    1. Someday soon, perhaps! You never know when a red sweater is going to waltz into your life.

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  3. I'll add my admiration for your spiffy sweater and beautiful coppery eyeshadow. You look lovely!

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  4. You look gorgeous in red! It's definitely a great color on you. I also think that red wedding dresses sound pretty amazing.

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    1. Thank you! Maybe you'll get married in red!

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  5. It looks so soft! Red is a great color on you!

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    1. Thank you! It is indeed very soft =P

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