Civility by Diana Olson:

Understanding Color: Part 1

January 24, 2008

In three seconds strangers are forced to make judgments about you based on your immediate presence. Because you never get a second chance to make a good first impression, it is important that your DNA visual design is authentic and favorable.

Speech, body language, education and background are important. But because clothing covers most of your body, it is extremely important that your visual presentation is favorable. Think about a favorite outfit that you have worn. What color was it?

Did the outfit become your favorite because everyone commented on it? If they loved your outfit, maybe you should have taken it off and given it to them! A well-dressed person is one whose clothes you hardly notice. The comment should have been that you looked great.


You are the work of art; your clothing is like the frame on the picture. What you like has nothing to do with what works. What you like is based on emotion, how your mother dressed you, wife or husband’s preference, experiences that you have had, and fashion influences. An attractive appearance communicates positive mental health and self-esteem. The clothes you wear are like the cover on a book.

Color analysis is the foundation and a powerful tool for positive self-discovery. It relates to the inner spirit of the wearer. It is not a fad. It is the first step toward personal harmony and all parts relating to the whole. To ignore this power is to diminish your potential.

You can wear any color that you want to wear, and you can eat anything you want to eat. But there are consequences.

A professional color analysis is an educated approach as color speaks for itself in your clothing selections. A personal palette that is authentically connected can give energy, restore and support.

DIANA OLSON can be reached via e-mail at or

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