Have you noticed the brightness of your clothes?

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May 26, 2018

I used to be a guy that only wore darks, maybe just a basic black t shirt or button down to the bar, but I've switched it up a lot lately with brighter colors and I think it's actually made me more approachable. Subconsciously it feeds into a more "youthful" vibe as well which seems to help me in the field. You guys ever try this or notice? I don't know if I'm hallucinating, but at some level I can see how dark colors might make interactions seem more risky or add a trust/comfort barrier

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Title Have you noticed the brightness of your clothes?
Author Wrath_of_Trump
Upvotes 63
Comments 35
Date 26 May 2018 08:06 PM UTC (2 years ago)
Subreddit askTRP
Link https://theredarchive.com/post/741
Original Link https://old.reddit.com/r/asktrp/comments/8mcoyx/have_you_noticed_the_brightness_of_your_clothes/
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[–]cultraised28 points29 points  (0 children) | Copy

I have noticed this a bit. I used to wear black shirts most days, but wearing a nice colorful shirt that matches well with your pants seems to make people look at you a bit more, at least enough to be noticeable. I'm not sure where it comes from but subconsciously I think of people who wear colorful clothes (not neon or tie die) as more friendly

[–]zeekt1223 points24 points  (1 child) | Copy

Dude it’s actually a huge deal. I’ve noticed when I wear a lighter blue, my skin and everything looks more vibrant. I get a fuck ton of iois wearing light blue fitted tops. Just my observation and experience.

[–]Wrath_of_Trump[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

It's a crazy difference for me, I almost don't want to wear ANY of my darks anymore. I used to be pale as shit that's why I liked darks but I got a nice bronze now and colors fit very nicely. Even switching from black to navy blue works, but I'm really fond of faded purple and this faded pink & blue stripe shirt. I used to wear button downs to the bar thinking I'm hot shit, but honestly wearing t shirts and shorts is the best change I've made. It's a lot easier to not give a fuck when you actually look like you don't give a fuck.

[–]rahl_r14 points15 points  (3 children) | Copy

The advantages of dark/black clothing: if you soil it, rub some dirt on it, etc., it is not very noticeable. Also, practical for burglaries and other night crimes.

[–]Wrath_of_Trump[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

I'll risk having soil visible on my shirt if the color increases the probability I get laid

[–]Datanami4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

The color of your shirt won't get you laid.

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[–]Stonecoldwatcher7 points8 points  (1 child) | Copy

I've started to wear more white, red, pink. Girls love pink I've noticed, lol and it goes well with a full beard and BB-physique. Gotta watch out though, thin line between being interpreted as a homo. I rock black sometimes but never full on, gotta mix it up. Black jeans, white shirt. Pink shirt, dark blue jeans and so fourth. Single color is boring , always mix it up. From what I've read is that red stands out from the rest so if you want to get noticed wear some red and be confident and loud.

[–]Wrath_of_Trump[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

I've really been all about the faded purple v neck and this pale pink & thin blue stripe t shirt, and I wear black cotton shorts. It's really simple but god damn, I've been batting 1,000 in a snobby part of town where every bitch has 1,000 ig followers. They just love the chill, playful vibe I guess.

[–]zeekt122 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Totally agree man. Difference is night and day. As long as your clothes are fitted well and the colours suit you, you’ll look aesthetic af. Also if you lift and are at a low body fat, you’ll look good in almost any clothes

[–]resnine2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

What kinda colors are we talking? like neons? bright blues, greens, reds, yellows? I usually wear all black this might be a problem.

[–]talexanderc4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

I peacock the heck out of some bright colors. I have extremely high smv donuts just fuel too the fire.

[–]aaaGreg3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

I keep it trad/preppy but also tastefully tailored. No black and plenty of pastels.

[–]ashleyshafer272 points3 points  (7 children) | Copy

Don’t know what skin color you are but I have to massively disagree. Olive, Brown, tan, off white, and neutral colors are very in right now. Salmon, bright pastels, etc are so 2016

[–]Wrath_of_Trump[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

White but with a healthy looking tan. I'm not talking about pastel shorts bros, I just mean blues and faded colors seem way more effective than black & white. I would rather wear a faded t shirt and shorts than a crisp black button down and fitted denim, I wish I knew this sooner. My fucking nuts would thank me in those hot ass dance floors.

[–]ashleyshafer270 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Eh button downs are a different story. I don’t think anyone with slight fashion sense has worn a plain black button down since clubbing in the 2000s. Thought this stuff was common sense.

[–]npplz 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

Who gives a shit what’s “in.” Where what looks best on you

[–]LordOfTheReptiles1 point2 points  (3 children) | Copy

I think the point is more that sometimes what’s “in” does look best. Keep in mind that at one point in time, the 80’s for example, outfits that look ridiculous by today’s standards were actually what looked good. Styles change, people adapt, and you can often look back on previous trends and laugh at what you thought looked great at the time (baggy jeans and oversized t-shirts comes to mind). Staying current helps a lot imo.

[–]npplz 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

I agree with that but saying you can’t wear certain colors because they’re “too 2016” is completely moronic

[–]Beegoop0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This is one of the most basic things to know for fashion/style.

Who knew that more vibrant hues portray a more vibrant persona than something like all black/darker hues.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Royal blue button down is my go to during the fall/winter and then during the summer I switch it over to a sky blue short sleeve button down so I can show off my arms and tan lol.

I find myself never wearing black when I go out anymore. The closest I get is a navy blue bomber jacket.

[–]Comeandseemeforonce0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I think being more standoutish is even better. I'm 6'3 183 muscular physique wearing skinny jeans and fitted t-shirts, got told I dress like a rapper a lot. Got more attention in college when I switched my style up and still continues.

[–]Martysteiner0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

For me it's red T-shirts. It matches my red beard and make a good combo.

[–]Republic_of_Ash0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Think 'peacock'. This is how it works.

[–]Eslime0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

A simple clean white shirt goes a long way.

[–]hazaraMoghul0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I look Brazilian, out of 50 shades of grey, any of them looks awesome on me. White a big no no. My dark skin and glowing white. The contrast is huge.

Also black, just makes me look flat as in overall.

[–]cenie0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Nope, I wear black 95% of the time.

[–]lol_throwaway3030 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Of course it makes big difference. Nothing wrong with dark clothes but save that for music venues for shows, not bars. Rocking a bright colored or printed button down shows confidence and makes you stand out among the rest.

[–]Thunderfin0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Tight wight shirt, jean or leather jacket, and jeans. That's all you need.

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (2 children) | Copy

One guy used to tell me that I rocked the black T-shirt with jeans pretty well. I like to wear a more colorful button-down or jacket over whatever black, grey, white, or blue shirt I'm wearing.

Edit: Spelling

[–]Wrath_of_Trump[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

That may actually be true about it looking good, but I think there is a bias in that people who know you already will not feel apprehensive about a dark color when it's worn by a familiar person, where as a stranger, in a usually-dimly-lit bar or street at night, might have an instinct to be more cautious, which plays out in being approached less or being at a slight disadvantage.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Good point.

[–]Peter_B_Long-1 points0 points  (1 child) | Copy

I mean, not really. I was a metalhead in high school and I kept the dark colors through my adulthood. I pretty much only wear black, grays, & blues.

I have however began to add "touches of pop" for example: I started wearing a pinky ring, I grew my facial hair out, and I'm planning on buying some all white sneakers.

That's just my style. I'm brown skinned so I personally don't think I look good on bright colors.

[–]dongpal-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

after first long LTR, if she is any kind of fashionable, will drag you down to colors in a positive way.

people tend to go for safe clothes, "you cant go wrong with black or dark clothes", just like most women wear it. but if you have any kind of style you use colors mostly.

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