Here's the Best Color to Wear for Negotiation

Posted by Claire Erickson on

When asking for a raise at work, you're probably too busy researching other salaries in your position and practicing your speech to focus on the specific color of the outfit you are planning to wear to the negotiations. According to Bustle, however, "the way we perceive color influences our emotions, our impulses, the way we think about other people and the situations we're in. And by extension, the clothes that you wear — particularly the color of them — can also unconsciously influence the mindsets of people around you." 

So with that in mind, here are two colors you can wear to lock in your new salary: 

1. On the Job Dress

Blue. The first color for negotiation, and this dress is the first silhouette in blue I will be showing you. According to Color Psychology, blue will calm you down and make you feel peaceful and serene if you are nervous during negotiations. However, you don't want to look too reserved, so that is why we recommend this dress. The structured, ruffled shoulders command attention and power in the room, so your boss knows you're serious about your new salary.

This dress calls for a powerful accessory, so add a large-faced, gold watch!


2. Presentation Ready Dress

Red. Why is this the second color to be considered? Because red is a fire-y color, when you wear it, it will show your confidence, determination, and strength. Emma Lord says, "by wearing this bold color, you unconsciously draw the listener into your ideas and give them a little extra punch."

For this dress, wear it exactly like it is shown above! Draw others' eyes to the detailing of the dress, not to your accessories. 


3. Little Bell Dress

Emma Lord of Bustle says that blue, "creates a much more mental reaction than the physical reaction to the color," which helps to, "ensure that your points and ideas are thoughtfully considered in conversation." What more could you want from a blue dress? I know, long sleeves! Long sleeves are appropriate for all negotiation meetings, because it will ensure there are no distractions. This dress has all the best features.

Wear your best pair of brown, leather, pointed-toe heels to look as professional as possible.



Try these dresses out during your next negotiation meeting, and tell us the results!


Claire Erickson is currently a blogging intern at Claire has just returned from studying abroad at the London College of Fashion and will finish her senior year studying retail merchandising back at her home university – University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). She will graduate in the spring of 2020 and is looking forward to having a future in buying, trend research, or planning. Besides Lady Boss Blogger, Claire’s favorite blog is Diet Prada!    

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