Geek guy wearing red bow tie

Why You Shouldn’t Wear This Color to Work or on a First Date

Attraction can be mysterious. What makes us prefer one person to another? While you can’t reduce it to just one thing, you can avoid the known turn-offs for important first impressions like an interview.

Wearing the color red can work against you. According to a new study by the Journal of Experimental Psychology men wearing red triggers avoidance behavior in women in both romantic and professional settings.

The bottom line? When in doubt, don’t. Unless it is the annual Christmas party or you’re playing Santa, you might want to avoid wearing red. Especially if you want to be considered the top candidate.

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