What does red say about me?
Around ten years ago I spoke at an Executive Assistant's conference about creating career paths as an EA. It was a two day conference and I was on the second day.
During day one I sat in the audience and listened as a Senior EA for a major city council stood at the podium talking about appearance and the correct clothing to wear if you want to make it in the EA world. I thought it was all very archaic and old school and quite frankly I was appalled that it was even a topic on the program. I became even more agitated as she suggested that the best wardrobe for an EA was navy. Definitely no red she said. Red was aggressive and unladylike.
So I turned up ready for my speech the next day wearing the reddest clothes I could find.
Over the years I have had a lot of red in my wardrobe. From shoes, to bags, to jackets and dresses.
I like red.
I also like orange, brown, yellow, white and a whole lot of black.
When people ask me what my favourite colour is I hesitate. Identifying my favourite colour isn't that simple. It depends in what context that colour is being discussed.
When it comes to clothing, I can safely say my favourite colour is red (or black ... but is black a colour?)
When it comes to furniture I think I am more attracted to natural tones like creams, browns and latte.
If you're talking about scenery, then I am more attracted to greens and blues.
When it comes to graphic design and the printed word, I gravitate towards purple.
When it comes to cars I'm black or gun metal grey all the way.
When it comes to people I like variety. I like them multi-coloured in all aspects including hair, eyes, skin, clothing and personality.
So what is my answer when asked my favourite colour?
I want to say blue. I like blue. I like the way blue looks and the way it makes me feel when I look at it. It's peaceful. It's the colour of my eyes and it was my favourite colour as a child.
But I'll rarely tell you my favourite colour is blue. I'll usually say red.
What does this say about me?
People who love red are apparently action oriented with a deep need for physical fulfillment to experience life through all five senses.
For those attracted to orange they say it means you need to be around people and accepted as part of a bigger group.
They say yellow means you have a deep need for logical order and to use that logic to create and inspire new ideas.
Green means a need for security, safety and the need to belong.
Blue signifies inner peace and truth and the need to live within your own beliefs.
To see what your favourite colour might mean, click here.
Do you have a favourite colour?
Has your colour changed over the years?
Any other reds out there?
What does your favourite colour say about you?
This post was prompted by Denyse Whelan's #LifeThis Week