Wear this color to work if you want to get a raise

Specifically dark green symbolizes greed, ambition, and wealth. The greed part isn’t great though Gordon Gekko would disagree.

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Though Kermit the Frog always said it wasn’t easy being green, he clearly wasn’t doing it right because green can actually be a very lucky and powerful color to wear (or be in his case.) This was made clear over the weekend when pop superstar Katy Perry and her fiance Orlando Bloom both sported the shade when they attended a benefit for MOCA in LA.

Green can be a tricky color to pull off, but perhaps they chose it because the color is associated with wealth and growth. Specifically dark green symbolizes greed, ambition, and wealth. The greed part isn’t great though Gordon Gekko would disagree.


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Psychologist and author Carole Kanchier said of the color green that it “suggests security, abundance, love, growth, luck and balance.” She also noted, “Wear green when you want to see things from a different perspective, need to feel grounded, calm, generous. Don’t wear it when you’re confused, feel stagnant, want to be alone.” Looking at things from a different angle and feeling calmer can all be more beneficial in the workplace.

Green can also be very beneficial to a new partnership which may be why newly engaged Perry and Bloom chose it. 

Green for women

Green is a bold choice but it is also a great choice. Try pairing it with a complementary color. Perry, who often wears this color, did just that by pairing her beautiful green silk dress with her cherry red clutch and purple jeweled collar. This is a way to go just make sure you are not pairing Christmas tree green with Santa red says fashion blogger Carrie Colbert. She also likes to wear her green with florals and a bold shade of blue. If you want to be a little subtler try pairing green with black and gold.

Green for men

For men, try opting for sage, army green, moss, olive green or emerald. Sage is easy to pull off with a chunky sweater or pair of chinos, according to Bloomberg writer Nic Screws. “Army green is the most versatile and masculine of all the shades. It will look great in anything from a slim-fitting polo to a killer piece of outerwear, such as a field jacket or trench,” he wrote. He said try to match it with “something in an inky blue, like a chambray shirt or jeans. Or white—such as white leather sneakers or a T-shirt.” Emerald is more of a statement color so opt for a flannel or vest.


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Meredith Lepore|is the Deputy Editor of Ladders and can be reached at mlepore@theladders.com.