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Pablo Picasso once said that “colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions”. We think it’s so true. Different colours have an impact on our moods and how we feel. Take red. The vibrant hue is bright and bold, but it can also be overpowering, triggering stress and anxiety. In the same way, a more relaxing colour, like blue, could help you feel calmer and more relaxed.

If you’re feeling stressed at work, you can try incorporating any of these five colours into your work outfits.   


1. Blue

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From pastels to deeper tones, blue is tranquil and calming. Art philosopher Denis Dutton, in his book The Art Instinct (2009), noted that blue is a universal colour well-liked by many due to its association with how peaceful the skies and seas look and feel. That’s why we think blue should be a go-to colour in every achiever woman’s work wardrobe.  

Style tip: For professional appeal, mix blue with black, like how Sportmax, Bottega Veneta and Longchamp have done.


2. Green

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Symbolising growth, nature and lush greenery, green can help boost your creativity and help you feel more relaxed at work. Psychologist Stephanie Lichtenfeld and her team reported in their 2012 study Green Facilitates Creative Performance, that this colourway can “open (mental) processing required to do well on creativity tasks”.

Style tip: Do what Tod’s, Jil Sander and Coach have done – complement this earthy shade with neutral tones, such as brown, beige and white.




3. Pink

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Although pink is often associated with love and femininity, it can also invoke serenity and peace. In his book, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave (2013), American author Adam Alter writes that angry prisoners in a U.S. Navy detention centre became calm after spending 15 minutes in a cell painted pink.  

Style tip: Bring some gravitas to this soft, girly shade by opting for a suit. Get inspired by these two-piece ensembles from Marni, Alberta Ferretti and Boss.


4. White

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Think of white and clean slates and new beginnings come to mind. White also represents quiet, tranquility and peace. Wearing it can help you clear your mind, and help you think more clearly at work.  

Style tip: Think monochromatic when it comes to wearing white. The clean, sleek and sharp lines of these outfits from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Akris and Chanel should be your office style inspo.  


5. Yellow

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Yellow is often associated with happiness but it can go even deeper than that. American colour specialist Leatrice Eiseman told CNN that “sometimes people who are very metaphysical will see enlightenment” when they’re staring at this cheery shade. Bright, vibrant and optimistic, yellow stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural stress reliever.

Style tip: Go for contrast and pair yellow with black, white or grey to allow the colour to pop. See how Alexachung, Carolina Herrera and Fendi do it.