What Color Clothes Should a Brunette Wear?

Just because a taupe dress looks gorgeous on Miranda Kerr, doesn't mean the shade works for all brunettes. Flattering colors depend less on hair color and more on skin's undertones.

Warm Brunettes vs. Cool Brunettes

Brunettes come in many skin tones and complexions, ranging from pale to dark and everything in-between. Skin undertones are sometimes less obvious. These fall into one of three categories:

  • Warm: Skin with yellow, golden or peachy undertones.
  • Cool: Skin with blue or pinkish undertones.
  • Neutral: Skin that's a mix of the above, or olive.

If it's difficult to discern your undertone, focus on your eye color. Cool eyes are typically blue or gray, and warm eyes are typically brown, green or hazel. Understanding your inherent coloring is key when deciding what your best colors are.

Best Clothing Colors for Warm Brunettes

Miranda Kerr
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Warm brunettes like Miranda Kerr can really rock shades from mocha and bronze to sage green to mango orange. Softer warm tones of peach or apricot, summer yellow and apple green also look beautiful. Complement your skin's earthy tones with olive, moss or jade greens. As for reds, shades like dark tomato, clear brick or burnt orange work best. Choose crisp ivory or oyster whites over bright whites.

Best Clothing Colors for Cool Brunettes

Anne Hathaway
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Dark brunettes with cool, pale skin (think Anne Hathaway) have a dramatic contrast to work with. Rich colors like black, deep blue, crimson and dark pink are lovely choices, as well as icy pastels like silver, sky blue, light sunny yellow and pale pink. Bright white and bluish reds look striking.

Pale skin with light to medium brunette hair looks best in soft shades and muted colors with cool undertones, as well as light neutrals. Look years younger in dusty or rose pink, pale yellow, lavender, pale mauve, powder blue and soft white.