It sometimes seems as though black is the unofficial uniform for work. In some companies a dark business suit is considered the only way to get ahead.
Black can be perfect for sophisticated power dressing and giving the impression that everything is under control, however it doesn't suit everyone and is not the only option.
Why not try adding a little gravitas with a different colour like Dark Brown, it is just as serious as black , however because it contains red and yellow tones it has greater warmth and friendliness.
Navy Blue is also an authoritative colour. It also conveys knowledge, trustworthiness and loyalty, ideal if you want to be seen as more of a team player. Grey is said to indicate independence and resourcefulness and as green is the colour of reassurance and conflict resolution, so it's ideal for handling tricky situations.
Different colours convey different things in the work place. Here's a palette of colours and their connotations to help you consider what's right for you, whatever your ambition...
|Red says dynamic, motivated, goal-oriented|
|Orange says creative, sociable, good with people|
|Yellow/Gold says communicator, organiser, intelligent|
|Brown says approachable, thoughtful, good listener|
|Green says negotiator, easy-going, likeable|
|Turquoise says fresh ideas, enthusiastic|
|Blue says good listener, thinker, knowledgeable|
|Purple says free spirit, creative, individual|
|Pink says caring, sympathetic, nurturing|