This Will Transform How Others Perceive Your Style

I was sitting around a dinner table when a woman asked me about my favorite color. "light blue-teal," I replied, "oceany but not too bright." From that, she began to pull out minutely specific personality traits of mine that were frighteningly accurate. This is when my obsession with color began to develop. While our favorite hues may tie into certain personality traits, the colors we choose to wear can also project something about ourselves.

So I reached out to Kate Smith, a color expert and president of Sensational Color. She broke down what your favorite color says about you along with how the colors you wear can help you to project and embody a feeling. "The mood we desire influences the pieces we pull from our closet," she said. "Whether you recognize it consciously or not, color influences how you feel."

Going on a first date? "Lots of research has been done that shows wearing red makes [others] see you as more attractive," Smith notes. "So why not take advantage of that fact and wear the shade of red that is best for you?" For a job interview, her suggestion is to find small ways to add a pop of color, "stand out while still fitting in is always a good rule for color in the workplace."

And as for colors to avoid wearing, Smith's rule of thumb is to go with what you feel comfortable in. "Forget trends," she says. "Forget that everyone else wears black. Forget the salesperson who said you can't wear a color. Trust your own eyes first and then how people react when you wear certain colors."

Read on for Smith's breakdown of what your favorite color says about you!

Now you're ready to dress for your mood.