Nov 07

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Barack Obama States that CHANGE IS COMING. If Only He Meant That Blue Tie!

President-elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden had their first press conference since the election earlier this afternoon. Both men (seen here during the meeting prior to the press conference) are wearing the same type of pastel blue tie that President Bush is often seen sporting. Obama BidenI can clearly see that President Bush favors his pastel blue tie; he has worn some variation of that shade at several press briefings and speeches. But let me say one thing: STOP! The pastel blue tie favored by George Bush is not a power tie; nor is it a “presidential” tie as one late-night show host said when he had Senator Obama on the show.Pastel ties are for the country club or the Deep South. Not even Donald Trump, a presumably powerful icon, can successfully wear that pastel pink tie and still be taken seriously. When worn with a dark power suit, pastel ties send a mixed message, so it’s a proverbial oxymoron. Will someone please call Obama and Biden and give them the news? Not even “change” is represented by this wimpy color!

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  1. dliteful

    FINALLY!!! Someone who knows what the heck she’s doin’!!! I totally agree!!! BLUE EVERYDAY is NOT GOOD!!! I was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED at the tie he wore the night he won the election. It looked GREAT!!!

  2. Sandy Dumont

    Dear dliteful,
    I, too, am glad that someone else has noticed that the boring blue tie is not a power tie. Thanks for commenting.

    You’re right, the tie Obama wore on election night was great!

  3. Sandy Dumont

    Have been traveling for three weeks and just checked out Wendy Donahue’s article, and here is my feedback. Blue is, indeed, trust; particularly in darker shades. That’s why policemen wear dark blue uniforms – not pastel blue ones, however. The darker the color, the higher the authority. Black, the darkest color of all, can be intimidating (think Gestapo, Mafia, Darth Vader) when worn by some people. Baby blue is for calming babies – it is meant to put you to sleep. Don’t forget that having “the blues” implies that you are sad. Just to set the story straight, the shade of blue associated with “the blues” is a grey-tinged one such as slate blue – the color of a dreary, sunless winter sky.

    I expect that President Bush was inspired by John Molloy’s cover picture (his “Dress for Success” book) with a “severe” dark blue pinstripe suit, formal white shirt and “country club” pastel blue tie. John Molloy does extensive research, as I do, and his book is very good for the most part. However, he has not studied color in-depth. His cover look sends mixed signals. The suit is intimidating, but a pastel tie is not the best choice for softening the severity of the suit. A less-formal French blue shirt would be more effective and wouldn’t send mixed signals – and I would team it with a dynamic tie in the red family – a beautiful raspberry-toned one, for example,to harmonize with the subtle purple tones in the French blue shirt. If you don’t want to soften your pinstripe suit’s effects, then go for a white shirt – but please wear it with a yellow or red “power” tie.

    Never forget that red is life itself – the blood coursing through our veins. When you look at red, you snap out of your complacency or malaise. It’s no longer “another day, another dollar.” Red makes you feel like you can conquer the world; it bestows courage and energy. Red inspires; and that’s what we need the president to do now – not put us to sleep. Artists understand color theory better than most; however, I’ve seen that they apply it to their paintings but never think of applying it to themselves.

    I have Leatrice Eiseman’s book for Pantone, “Communicating with Color.” It’s a great book for decorating ideas, and Pantone is my choice for expertise in identifying colors by name or number. My experience is “hands on” in the field and in countless workshops for business professionals. In workshops, I show photos of men in pastel ties and in bold “power” versions of the same color. Without fail, the pastel tie gets its wearer judged to have little or no authority. Dark colors convey authority; thus, a deep burgundy tie worn with a formal white shirt dark pinstripe suit would be VERY powerful, and probably quite intimidating. A bright red tie would mitigate the severity of the dark pinstripes and make the man look more dynamic than deadly. A baby blue tie (sorry, Mr. Molloy) would be an oxymoron, an effort in futility.

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