Wearing this color at your interview may get you the job (and an Oscar)

It’s hard to believe that the Super Bowl is already over and now we are on to the next big televised event of the month: The Oscars. And for some, this legendary film awards ceremony is their Super Bowl. The big question is always who will go home with the gold statuette but even more importantly, what will they be wearing?

Just like in our careers, certain colors you choose to wear can communicate different attitudes and moods to the people around you. Some can work to your advantage and then some (sorry puce) can really end up hurting you. It turns out some colors can also win you an Oscar (and no definitely not the swan costume Bjork wore and insisted was a dress.)

This is the color that most female Oscar winners wear and it turns out to be a good color for acing the interview and getting a promotion. New data from Lyst found that 20 of the 81 total best supporting actress winners have worn black won they won which comes out to 24% (perhaps this is also why men have won so many more Oscars since the majority of them wear black tuxes.) This was also the leading color for Best Actress winners. Black is where it is at.

Interestingly new research finds that black is also the way to go for a job interview. The study surveyed 1,500 British people and 43% chose black as the optimal color for an interview. And for men, it is also the chosen color for a first date.

But what if you aren’t a fan of black?  Well, the second runnerup color for best supporting actress was multicolored gowns and then in third, there was a three-way tie between green (Olivia Coleman in 2019), pink (think Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999) and white (Renee Zelwegger in 2003.)

The second runner up color for best actress was blue, which is also the Pantone color of the year. Ten best actress winners have worn lucky blue, including Brie Larson.

These colors should also be considered for interviews as they all have their own merits. 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.

Wearing red and pink can also be strong moves for your career (and you could even try them together.) Bold pinks and reds were seen all over the red carpets this awards season. Constance Hart, a color therapy expert from Conscious Colors, told Vogue,  “If you aren’t feeling centered or secure, black can feel like a security blanket. For that reason, we see a lot of black in cities. In my work, I try to help people move away from black because it can have a depressive quality to it. Color has an effect on our psyche, it’s always affecting us whether we are aware of it or not.”

Though blue is a strong choice, it can convey depression and negativity.

If you weren’t aware that colors can have such a profound impact, you aren’t alone. Over 75% of those surveyed were not aware of the psychological effects of colors.

Psychologist Dr. Becky Spelman, who was involved with the research in the study, told The Mirror, “An awareness of the cultural and psychological factors at play when it comes to color helps us get to know ourselves better and also gives us a way to communicate.

“Through the clothing and accessories we choose, we can use color to communicate, without words, a range of messages and emotions. For example, if someone dresses in very bright colors, at least on some level they are saying they want to be seen,” he added.