A Simple Guide to What Colors Look Best With Your Hair Color

Really understanding which tones flatter your natural coloring is a game-changer when it comes to feeling great in your clothes.

Now, if you’re like me, you have certain colors that you feel “safe” in. Colors like black or white that, no matter what, you know will feel comfortable wearing. The challenge is developing that global understanding of what looks great on you and why.

Personally, I didn’t realize that just because something is a neutral color doesn’t mean it goes with my skin tone, OR just because the model in the picture has dark hair doesn’t mean the item will look good on me because I have dark hair.

A Simple Guide for What Colors Look Best With Your Hair Color

I read George Brescia’s Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life, and (though I love the entire book) the chapter on finding your best colors to wear was quite eye-opening. The author breaks it down by one simple factor: hair color. You can use the guide below to determine what colors look best with your hair color.

The book goes into much more detail for each category–and I definitely recommend reading it–but I’ve included his images below to show you what each category means. From there, you’ll see very easily how well each set of colors works with the skin/hair colors illustrated.


Key Takeaways from Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life

  • Every single thing you wear should enhance, not detract from, your natural features.
  • Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a standout color. When it flatters you, standing out is a good thing!
  • Be careful with patterns so that people notice you and not the pattern.
  • Colors are broken down into four categories based on hair color.

Colors That Look Best with Honey-Colored Hair (Blondes)

What colors look good on you featured by top Pittsburgh fashion blog, Wellesley & King: George Brescia colors


Colors That Look Best with Copper-Colored Hair (Redheads)

What colors look good on you featured by top Pittsburgh fashion blog, Wellesley & King: George Brescia colors


Colors That Look Best with Cavier-Colored Hair (Brunettes)

What colors look good on you featured by top Pittsburgh fashion blog, Wellesley & King: George Brescia colors


Colors That Look Best with Silver-Colored Hair (Grey and White Hair)

What colors look good on you featured by top Pittsburgh fashion blog, Wellesley & King: George Brescia colors

Images: Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life

After finishing this chapter of Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life, I have been experimenting with George’s suggestions and determining if I agree on what colors look best on me.

Of course, I don’t believe that the Caviar colors above are all-encompassing, or that I should never wear any other colors except those, but I do think they’re a great starting point for choices that flatter my natural colors.


More In-Depth Ways to Determine Your Best Colors

A more in-depth way to determine what colors look best on you is to have a color analysis done by a professional. There are a variety of companies out there that offer this service, and they may vary depending on where you live. I had a color analysis done with a House of Colour consultant and found it to be an invaluable experience. The personalized evaluation is much more in-depth and goes much deeper than simply looking at your hair color (this is especially important if you dye your hair a color other than your natural color).

If you have the opportunity to work with a professional color consultant, I highly recommend the process. I learned so much about what colors really flatter my skin tone and that is the knowledge that I’ll now have forever.

You can read more about that here > Discover Your Best Colors with House of Colour


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  1. 1.13.17

    Great post! It’s so true that colour makes such a difference to your look. I want to read that book now! xxx

    • 1.14.17
      Lauren said:

      Thank you for reading, Miranda. It’s certainly a worthwhile read, especially if you’re cleaning out your closet. It gave me a focused mindset to start 2017 fresh!

  2. 1.14.17
    Anonymous said:

    Love this post! In my comm class, I teach color psychology, and we touch on different color palettes and the color wheel. I’ve always been such a sucker for a good color discussion. Wonder what George would say about purple hair? ?

    • 1.14.17
      Lauren said:

      hah! that is so true. George’s whole theory revolves around choosing clothing that “matches” or “coordinates with” your hair color. I think those of you brave enough for purple hair get to wear whatever the heck you want! 🙂

  3. 3.27.17
    Rebecca said:

    As a “copper” I would agree with most of the colors there, though I’m not really sure about the reds and orange. I find it extremely difficult to find any reds that look good on me without looking like a tomato, especially because of the red undertones in my fair skin. As a redhead any more red is kinda scary to me 😛 The only color I was surprised was missing was navy blue, it’s my go to color!! I think it mellows the red nicely and makes my extremely fair actually look flattering rather than ghostly. Very interesting palette, I’ll definitely give it some thought next time I’m shopping!

    • 3.27.17
      Lauren said:

      Thanks for reading, Rebecca! I can totally understand the fear of red if you have a lot of pink undertones in your skin. For red-heads, thinking “earth tones” should get you in the right ball park. Mustard yellows, military greens, and neutral browns would look amazing with your palette. I also agree that navy blue looks great on your tones as well, it’s one of those colors that is almost universally flattering! Good luck, let me know how it goes if you try something new!

  4. 9.14.19
    JUDY said:

    What about blonde and caramel colored hair

    • 9.16.19
      Lauren said:

      Hi Judy! Thanks for reading! The caramel would fall into the honey (or blonde) category above. That said, there are much more in depth color analyses out there that target your specific skin, hair, and eye colors, but overall, this is a good starting point!

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