A psychologist has this week revealed that the colour of a woman’s lingerie can apparently tell you what type of lover she is. Donna Dawson, a UK-based psychologist, has drawn up a list of colours, and what they say about the wearer, after a poll for laundry company Dr Beckmann found that almost three quarters of women surveyed said they now opted for ‘nude’ underwear – which apparently means they have ‘nothing to hide.’
This statistic, indicating that women are shunning traditional black or white or fancy sets of lingerie, would seem to be backed up by sales figures here in the UK – Debenhams this year reported a 38% year-on-year increase in their sales of nude underwear.
The Daily Mail yesterday suggested …
… that celebrities may be responsible for this change in lingerie tastes, citing Katy Perry’s Rolling Stone cover as an example of nude lingerie in the public eye – Perry appeared in a simple bra and pants, a real departure from her colourful on-stage ensembles. Another example that springs to mind is Eva Mendes recently revealing that she feels most sexy in ‘either nude or very basic underwear.’
Psychologist Dawson said that:
‘A nude or flesh-coloured bra denotes a personality that is natural, easy-going, down-to-earth and transparent. This woman is relaxed with nothing to hide.’
She went on to discuss other colours and their apparent meanings:
‘Colours at the warm end of the spectrum, created feelings of excitement and vitality, and can actually raise our blood pressure, heartbeat and breathing rate.’
According to Dawson, red underwear denotes a passionate, dramatic and driven woman who is not afraid to ask for what she wants. Pink denotes a romantic and gentle woman who is feminine and sensuous but would never take the lead. Black indicates an individual and powerful personality; a woman who is deeply passionate and sultry, whereas white denotes a woman who is innocent but also open to suggestion and a willing learner.
I’m not quite sure what to make of this ‘report’ – for one thing, there doesn’t seem to be any science in there, nor concrete findings. And if I were to have thought about what different colours of lingerie mean, I’d have probably come up with something similar. You know, white = innocent, red = sexy, pink = girly…
The other thing with this is that women wear different coloured lingerie all the time. Doing a little ‘research’ for this piece this morning (otherwise known as getting up and dressed for work), I had a little rifle round my lingerie drawer. In there I have black, white, flesh-tone (for wearing with white work shirts), purple, blue floral and green with a pink trim. I don’t think I’m unusual. Whilst I’m sure there are some women who stick to the same colour all the time, I think the majority will own several differently-coloured lingerie sets, to wear with different outfits or so that they can change depending on their mood – so how can a woman be defined by any one colour at any one point in time?
What do you guys make of these ‘findings?’ What colour undies are you wearing today, and what do you think they’re saying about you?!