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Six Reasons: Chose Colour Carefully

Updated on October 16, 2015

Color Speaks Louder than Words

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Women Don’t Wear Purple

Women do not wear purple if they are going to a job interview. When preparing for the interview most interviewees are assailed by what to wear. Women try on several outfits of different colours in order to discover what they look good in. Men may consider different suits, coloured shirts, ties, they may wonder what colour goes with what and ask the advice of the women in their lives.

What to Wear for that All Important Interview

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How not to Dress for a Job Interview


Dressing for a fashion parade if you were going for a job in the building industry would not be a sensible idea. Nor would it be appropriate to wear clothing that rates you as the best-dressed woman in the world if you applying for a position as a nurse. Looking like you have slept rough would not be acceptable as a mannequin. It is important then, to appropriately dress to impress.

For a woman to dress in purple the message sent is that she is elegant, classy, of a regal manner and authoritative. Purple reveals the artistic side of a woman and her uniqueness. If the job calls for a woman, who possesses all or some of those characteristics she can wear purple with confidence and expect employment. If the job calls for public relations person then try wearing yellow. It is a cheerful, playful colour. The person will be cheery and make everyone else smile and the work place will be an enjoyable one.

Freedom To Wear What We Like

Fashion dictates the colors we wear. Fashion doesn't always suit the man or woman personal taste or natural coloring.Sometimes those colors do not say about us what we want them to say.

Open Borders


Pink is an acceptable colour for bi sexual people to wear. Men who wear pink or its equivalents are daring the bosses to consider them sissies. The message is: ‘I’m daring and confident and happy in my own skin. I’m not interested in what other people think of me.’

Do not expect to get a job when interviewed wearing brown. Brown is not a popular colour in the job market. Its message is that the person is not progressive, has no ambition and prefers to stay at a comfortable level. If you are modern and want to get ahead, avoid joining the brown brigade.

Choose That Suit Carefulluy

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First Impressions

For Mr and Mrs Perfect blue is the safe colour. Attired in shades of blue infer that the interviewee is trustworthy and credible. Navy blue is best it inspires the boss with confidence. Wearing blue, assures the wearer the job is theirs“The first impression on an interview counts so much, and you don’t want to be out of the race before the interview begins,” said Sherry Maysonave, head of Empowerment Enterprises, an image consulting firm in Austin Texas, “That (impression) happens in less than thirty seconds and it is based entirely on your attire.” So take care when going for an interview. Conversely, the interviewee has the right to assess the boss and the way he dresses and how he keeps his surrounds. If the working conditions are unkempt, it might mean it is not a good place to work. If the boss is not tidily dressed, clean, presentable, and cares about how he looks, it might be a sign his work place is not safe. An overly fussy boss might not create a fun place to work either.

Purple for Epilepsy

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The Halifax Teenager: Cassidy Megan

For starting this hugely successful movement, we can thank a remarkable Halifax teenager, Cassidy Megan.Cassidy was seven when diagnosed with epilepsy and only nine when she decided, with her mom’s help, to start a Purple Day to dispel myths and stereotypes about epilepsy and to promote understanding of the many forms seizures can take.

'The inspiration,' says Cassidy, 'came from my own fears that others wouldn’t understand my condition. I was unable to tell my classmates about it.'

Attitudes changed when the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia gave a presentation to her class and she saw the supportive response from other children.

After that,Cassidy was able to talk about her epilepsy, and a year later, in 2008, she and the children at Atlantic Memorial Elementary School held the first Purple Day. Lavender is traditionally associated with feelings of isolation and is an international symbol of epilepsy.

With the help of the Nova Scotia association and the New York-based Kauffman Foundation, Cassidy’s Purple Day has spread to more than 60 countries. It was made official by Canada’s Parliament in 2013.

Cassidy’s dedication to the cause has earned her a Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Queen and a Young Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Red Cross. While going to school and pursuing interests like archery and horseback riding, she continues to volunteer flat-out for Purple Day events and promotions and shares everything Purple Day-related with friends and supporters on Facebook and Twitter.

Purple Day


Purple is the signature colour chosen by the Epilepsy Foundation to advertise support for families with members suffering from the disease. Purple Day is an international effort dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy worldwide. March 26th will see people around the world invited to wear purple and host events in support epilepsy. Dozens of countries including Antarctica have participated in Purple Day. March is the purple ribbon month for epilepsy awareness world -wide. The services provided by the Foundation cover training and resources for professionals, employment and volunteering, research and policy reform. Media Centre uses stories of case histories and personal successes further promoting epilepsy. Every aspect for support and understanding of the disease is covered and provision made for the Epilepsy Foundation. It was in 2008; nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia created the idea of Purple Day and is now worldwide. Proving the power of one can change the world with a colour.

The Power of One

It has long been understood that the power of one can change the world around us for better for worse.

It takes courage to stand alone and create change. such people are to be admired.

Messages sent by Colour

Easter is both a religious celebration and a secular festival. It carries the messages with varying colours. Easter is a major Christian Festival or Holy Day centred on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Red, black, white, and gold are pathways to celebrating the Easter story.

Red symbolises the blood of Jesus and the blood of martyrs; for instance purple is the colour of royalty, which hints at the royalty of Jesus as King of Kings and the colour of suffering, referring to the suffering of Jesus. Purple alone would tell the story of Jesus, his divinity and his suffering without words.

Black represents darkness, sin and mourning. White draws our thoughts to purity angels and resurrection.

Gold is a colour of celebration and speaks of the presence of God and richness of spirit and of heavenly riches, including wealth and prosperity.

Yellow depicts joy, happiness and indicates a shining sun on a clear spring day.

Green represents hope, birth and renewal. The colour green illustrates the changed life of a believer turning from a life of crime, unhappiness, sorrow, to embrace a change of heart called the new birth.

Pink is the banner of health for a healthy new start.

Many people long for the dawn, the orange glory of a sunrise to end the night of sorrow and death they faced. They look to the dawn as a signal for new hope; Orange is the colour of hope, the dawn of a new day.

Waiting for the Dawn; when hope rises and life flows again

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Purple Light

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PURPLE LIGHT: a poem by Gwenneth Leane hinting at the need to see with differrent eyes. To have the abitlity to read color and its messages.


A white egret lifted from the lake

A ghostly silent form

It sought another paradise

Where it could dwell within the shadows

Its mate still lingered by the
Limpid pool of purple mystery

To savor to the last

That exquisite moment of illusion

To hold such beauty rare

Is not the lot of man

For he must look with different eyes

To see the magic of this mystic scene

Gwenneth Leane ©

Nurses are called to work under all conditions calmly for the patients well being

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Personal Experience


Chris Lane, Director of Nursing, describes that working amongst aged care clients she needed to take care and wear colours that were calming to her patients such as blue and white. Chris was careful in her choice of footwear, style of dress and demeanour that would not startle her patients and cause them to become agitated or distressed. Chris wanted her patients to know they could trust her, that she was not a threat to them. Later, when she became a lecturer in Nursing at the University, she was careful to again dress in what she believed were calming colours. Chris was aware that even the emotions of students can be stirred, limiting their ability to absorb knowledge.

The Wordless Story

We use color to send many different messages about all manner of different subjects in both the physical world and the spiritual world. The colours we choose to wear reveal our personality, and who we are. Our moods affected by colour which means they are subject to upward swings or downward swings. Colour speaks to the human spirit in a way that does not need words. It is a language in itself.

Flares of Abstract Color

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Well stated and well worth thinking about when considering what to wear in a given instance. Speaking of ourselves with color, and being thoughtful of others by our choices, are signs of thoughtful people....and writers such as you.

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      Gwenneth Leane 2 years ago from Glen Osmond, Adelaide, South Australia Australia

      Thank you Michaela Osiecki for your comments. You are correct that there are vast differences of color and was not addressed because I felt the subject was too big for a first article. I thought with the amount of material it would be best to write further hubs. Thank you for your comments.

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      Michaela 2 years ago from USA

      This was interesting, but also failed to address the vast differences in the shades or tints of one color. I would think wearing a lavender blouse under a black blazer to a job interview would be perceived much differently than a deep purple suit.

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      Gwenneth Leane 2 years ago from Glen Osmond, Adelaide, South Australia Australia

      Thanks Jodah for your encouraging remarks

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting hub Gwenneth. Thank you for sharing the meaning of colours and how best to use them to advantage.

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