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The pros and cons of wearing primary colors

There comes a point when you stop wearing primary colors – the formal term, I believe, is growing up. From your typical reds, blues and yellows, you move on to more adult, more complicated and more mysterious shades to communicate how much of a deep, intellectual person you are. You happily glide through life, not giving much thought to that RYB palette.

But Houston, we have a problem. Primary hues have been trending for the past couple years and are peaking right now, this season. What do you do then? Is it worth investing into the look to update your wardrobe, or would you be better off sitting this one out? I’ve prepared a list of pros and cons to wearing this bright color mix this Summer so you can make an informed decision.

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Primary colors make you look younger.

Since these colors are usually associated with kids, you get instantly get that youthful, playful vibe that you won’t get from weird-name colors like glaucous, wenge or amaranth.

Dressing gets a lot easier

Because one primary color is really all you need to compose an outfit, dressing gets a lot easier. You can either match it with less vivid shades of the same hue for a monochromatic look or go with neutrals to emphasize that singular color.

They improve your mood

Most gents end up working in financially-rewarding yet conservative industries such as banking, so there’s really not much they can do about their office wardrobe. The usual suspects – black, grey, navy and beige – give off a safe and mature vibe, something that’s quite important for professionals dealing with other people’s money. But for us lucky ones in the creative sphere, being able to wear bright colors to work has another added benefit. It turns out they can improve our mood. Warm hues like red and salmon release feel-good hormone dopamine, while cool blues trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone that provides a calming effect. This is legit science, guys. Stop wearing depressing colors.


Youthful can look childish

Sometimes, the youthfulness that primary colors lend to your look can be misconstrued as juvenile, so it’s something that you have to watch out for. Are you surrounded by colleagues who would react negatively to seeing your wearing bright colors? If looking mature and stuffy is a job requirement, then perhaps it’s a good idea to pass on these colors.

It’s too easy to overdo it

Okay, you’ve realized color is good, but with every new discovery, you tend to overdo it and end up looking like a walking crayon box. For the novice, the key is to make the one color you’ve chosen as the highlight of your look. More advanced dressers can experiment more provided that they consult their choices with the color wheel.

The quest for the perfect shade is a treacherous one

The whole point of wearing primary colors is to eliminate all other options but these three. However, just because you have only red, yellow and blue to choose from doesn’t automatically mean the job is done. In fact, there are a myriad of shades within these color families and you’ve still got to find the right one that suits your personal coloring. Are you a Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall? You need to figure this out in order to pick the shade that will work with your skin tone, eye and hair color.

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