Thursday, 13 November 2008

True colours

Two weeks back, blogger-friend Versedanggerik posted in her blog about a wedding event that she helped plan and organize. The post contained photos of the event and some pics of the blog owner looking gorgeous in a red dress. This prompted me to comment that she reminded me of the Chris De Burgh song `Lady In Red'.

A few days later, by coincidence, I came across an article on MSN News titled - When Men See Red, They See Hot. The opening paragraphs are as follows :

The popular ballad "Lady in Red" is poised to take on a whole new meaning: a study published Tuesday showed that the color red makes men see women as hotter or, more scientifically put, more attractive.

Researchers from the University of Rochester in New York conducted five psychological experiments to demonstrate that the color red makes men feel more amorous toward women.

In the experiments, groups of young men looked briefly at a picture of a moderately attractive woman printed on a red background, and the same woman then on a white, grey or green background. They also looked at a woman in red clothing, and the same one in blue clothing.

The men found the lady with a red background more attractive, both physically and sexually.

The full article can be read at this link -> When Men See Red . One of the conclusions of the study is : Men act like animals when in the sexual realm.

Youtube video credit to itweb

According to some researchers, you can tell the personality of person from the choice of his/her favourite colours. One such test was devised by Dr. Max Luscher in 1947. You can try an online modified (and unofficial) version at this website ->

I've tried the test.... a few times, at different intervals. I find the results a bit perplexing... while I agree with the primary finding, other conclusions are way off the mark. As an example, the test reported that for My Actual Problem - Disappointment and the fear that there is no point in formulating fresh goals have led to anxiety, and he is distressed by the lack of any close and understanding relationship or adequate appreciation.

Hey, I'm not suffering from any anxiety... I'm cool! And unless I'm really in self-denial, I have my fair share of close and understanding relationships. Thank you very much.

Well, anyway... I actually do not have any specific favourite colour. I like different colours at different times and different situations. I like light blue shirts for office wear but my T-shirts are mostly dark or black. I prefer my car in light tones but my furniture in dark.

If I really have to choose a favourite colour, then it would probably be grey. Why grey? Hmm... maybe because life situations are not always in pure black and white. There are plenty areas of grey. Grey is a smoky colour and symbolizes haziness, non-solidity and uncertainty.

That is why among my favourite words are : maybe... probably... perhaps. You see these words quite a lot in my writing.

Does my choice of grey as a favorite colour make me an `unsure' person? Hmmm... maybe, I guess :-)

So what is your favourite colour?


VersedAnggerik said...

This post reminds me of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors. Used to be and still is one of my favourite songs.

I too prefer black and grey. Its modest and unassuming. Whereas red shouts for attention and centre stage!

For that wedding, my cousin made us all wear red as a "uniform". Wouldn't have chosed that color if I had a choice.

Kama At-Tarawis said...


I have a deep aversion for red (I hope nobody analyses me for this); it is too showy, too in-your-face. I don't a single piece of clothing in deep red (merah darah ikan, as the old folks would say it). My favourite colour is lavender.

Kak Teh said...

I am an autumn colour kind of person. Read scares me.

Oldstock said...


Not many people that I know, let alone ladies, like grey colour. As you say, modest and unassuming. I'll add `drab' to that... heheheh.

I last planned a wedding for my youngest sister in 2000. Our theme for the attire was blue.

Oldstock said...

Salam Kama,

I guess not all ladies need to wear red to attract the guys, right?

Lavender is a nice colour.

Oldstock said...

Kak Teh,

Autumn colours are quite varied. There some bright reds too. I actually like the autumn season. It has that feeling of `closure'... a bit hard to describe. Somewhat like the end of a working day after a job has been done well.

Kak Teh said...

oops i mean red! my typing is getting worse.
yes, autumn is like the colour of our life...i mean mine. I am at that autumn stage.

Chahya said...

I wouldnt pick any colour and say that it's my favourite as I like variety of colours depending on its suitability to the surrounding. However, I realize that I've always subconsciously chose green for many things. Hmm...what does that suggest huh? That I'm the jealous type?- "Green with envy"? :P

snakebite said...

yup, red is nice, but i can say that ahan looks best not in red, not bright red at least, skin tone tak kena laa cos ahan is not putih melepak kind.i think there was a dress by rifai yang combo colour black and merah darah ikan. that one nice, yes. but ahan looks best in black and make up bronzy bronzy gitu.

Oldstock said...


Green pun kira ok juga. Sejuk mata memandang.

Oldstock said...

Hi snakebite,

Welcome. Yup, I would agree with you there... Verse would look great in black too.

hanitha said...

salam bro,'
my fav kaler is red, the same fav kaler of arwah klu wat dress tk la d whole red..mesti combine ngan itam..baru la menarik.. but like chahya mentioned la...kaler tu depend on situasi n baju...
merah itu berani ehehhee...

Oldstock said...


Memang ada sesetengah wanita look so good in red. Betul, merah itu berani... ataupun garang, heheheh.