What Color Clothes Should a Brunette Wear?

Just because a taupe dress looks gorgeous on Kylie Jenner 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 a pinkish or blue tint.
  • Neutral‌: Olive skin, or a mix of the above.

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. Different shades of peach or apricot look especially beautiful. Complement your skin's earthy tones with olive, moss or jade greens. As for reds, bold colors 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 brown hair paired with cool, pale skin (think Anne Hathaway) means a dramatic contrast to work with. However, everyone with cool undertones looks great in rich colors like black, deep or navy blue, crimson and fuschia, no matter their skin color. Icy pastel colors like silver, sky blue, light yellow and pale pink are also stunning. For neutral colors, bright white and dark black look striking.

Light skin with light brown to medium 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.

Best Clothing Colors for Neutrals

If you have both undertones or olive hued skin, you're in luck! You’ll look great in any of the colors listed above. Brunette hair with jewel tones is a combination that can do no wrong, so choose these when in doubt.