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Do different cultures consider different colors to match?

Asked by Likeradar (19580points) March 15th, 2010

I hope this question comes across as I intend it, which is pure curiosity and not judgment.

In my culture, there are colors that many people consider matching, and some that most people just wouldn’t pair. I grew up with the idea that pink and red, for example, generally don’t work together and most of my peers agree (I’m seeing unusual pairings more and more in fashion, but it’s as a “break the rules!” kind of thing.)
I saw a very well tailored woman today, and she was wearing some combination you don’t see together that often. It occurred to me that most people I see in those combinations appear to be the same ethnicity as her.
So, in some cultures are common color pairings just different?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I am sure this is the case – I’ve never really considered it. I do think that even the very concept of caring whether or not you ‘match’ is culturally bound – many people around here make fun of the inability of some Asian women to match (and nothing they wear does match, given American standards) but I think they’re just not used to seeing people dress just to dress and not to show off.

Likeradar's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir It honestly didn’t even occur to me until you mentioned it that they’re dressing for coverage and not to show off, in the way many Americans do. So now I know. Question over. :)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Likeradar No, it’s not over, I won’t let it be over. It’s a good question, damn it.

bob_'s avatar

In my culture, there’s no such thing as “colors that match”. My culture being colorblindness :P

Val123's avatar

@_bob BOB!!!! Hi! Who let you in here???

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Val123 I left the back door open, sorry.

bob_'s avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Thank you for telling her. As a gentleman, I couldn’t kiss and tell.

Val123's avatar

LOL you guys! Have you got him house trained yet @Simone_De_Beauvoir?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Val123 nah, that kind of an animal should roam free

mrentropy's avatar

All I know is that rhinos go with rhinos and pandas go with pandas.

Val123's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Butt….he should at least be neutered! Do you know how to do that?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Val123 I thought he was catholic…I get it all confused

kevbo's avatar

Most culture-based color choices come from colors found in the landscape or in natural materials that provide color accent. Of course there are also levels that become more artificial as consumer culture creeps in.

Colors of the World: A Geography of Color

Val123's avatar

Well, some colors seem to have a universal meaning, like Gold and Silver for richness. Red for power, Black for intimidation….or, I may be wrong. But the American Indians didn’t use pink and purple war paint on their faces…

Draconess25's avatar

Really? I always thought red & pink looked good together…..........

Likeradar's avatar

@Draconess25 I always liked purple and green together too, but I’ve been told they don’t match. I don’t think what colors “match” in fashion always has much to do with what actually looks good to the eye. It’s pretty much random.

prude's avatar

@_bob don’t worry, I’ll take you in under my wing
;)

Draconess25's avatar

@Likeradar No, best combo: Purple, Green, Orange, & Black! All neon!!!! (Well, there’s no such thing as neon black….)

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