5 Colors That Look Truly Amazing With Brunette Hair


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Blonde hair may catch the light, but brunettes have a richness to their tresses that can’t be rivaled. Wondering how to make the most of your brunette hair color? Just follow our simple color guide that covers everything from pastels to brights, so that no matter what your style is, there's a shade for you.

Obviously, skin tone plays a major factor in the colors that look best on you, but focusing on compatible hues for your hair is an ideal place to start. It all boils down to one simple concept: You want to wear colors that create a contrast between your hair and the garment so both will stand out. Then, within those contrasting colors, there are certain ones that seem to highlight brown hair the best. Easy enough, right? Just keep scrolling to see and shop the best colors for brunettes as shown on some of our favorite celebs and street style stars. 

Bold Color: Hot Pink

The understated quality of brunette hair makes getting away with bold hues even easier.


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On Solange Knowles: Gucci blazer and pants; Stuart Weitzman shoes; Rauwolf clutch

Classic Color: Navy

The dark, traditional color complements the richness of brunette tresses without appearing too severe or harsh.


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Pastel Color: Light Yellow

Brunette hair contrasts perfectly with light yellow.


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On Marion Cotillard: Valentino dress

Neutral Color: White and Cream

Dark hair creates a beautiful counterpoint to white- and cream-colored frocks.


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On Julia Restoin-Roitfeld: Topshop dress

Primary Color: Red

Most brunettes have a very slight burgundy tint that’s visible in light; wearing red will enhance the color of your strands and make a naturally gorgeous pairing.


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On Tracee Ellis Ross: Nikos Koulis earrings; Christian Louboutin shoes


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On Lily Collins: Solace London dress; Charlotte Olympia pumps

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