5 Colours That Are Always Knockout on Brunettes

Blonde hair may catch the light, but brunettes have a richness to their tresses that can't be rivalled. How to make the most of your brown locks? Just follow our simple colour guide, covering everything from pastels to brights. Obviously, your skin tone plays a major factor in the colours 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 colours that create a contrast between your hair and the garment, so both will stand out.


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From hot pink to pastel yellow, there are some incredible colours that will make you look knockout, as well as few style tips thrown in, too. Of course, to show you what we mean, we've enlisted the help of some brunette A-listers who have nailed the dark hair colour matching. Click through our gallery to see which colours make brunettes look their best, and shop some key pieces, too.


Bold Colour: Hot Pink
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Style Notes: The understated quality of brunette hair makes getting away with flamboyant hues even easier.


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Style Notes: This bold pop of colour (via a Gucci suit) shows off Solange Knowles's flawless skin. 


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Style Notes: Actress Kristin Scott Thomas knows that her dark hair acts as an accessory here to off-set the bright pink colour. We also love how this creates the ultimate clash with the Cannes red carpet.

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Classic Colour: Navy
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Style Notes: The dark, traditional colour complements the richness of brunette tresses without appearing too severe or harsh. Pair with a red lip, too, as per Miranda Kerr's great look here.


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Style Notes: If one of our favourite fashion influencers, Miroslava Duma, is rocking the deep blue colour, then you know it's a goer.

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Style Notes: Giovanna Englebert looks incredible in a plain navy top paired with a patterned skirt.

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Pastel Colour: Light Yellow
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Style Notes: Unlike blondes, brunette hair contrasts perfectly with light yellow.


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Style Notes: Not only does pale yellow work on Kerry Washington because of her hair colour, but it also looks incredible with that plum lipstick.


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Style Notes: Think yellow is hard to wear or for summer only? This coat dress, teamed with leather boots, proves otherwise.

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Neutral Colour: White & Cream
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Style Notes: Dark hair creates a beautiful counterpoint to white and cream-coloured frocks. Case in point: this dress on Alexa Chung.


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Style Notes: Much like Adriana Lima, all you'll need to make your white outfit stand out is a great tan (real or fake).


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Style Notes: Take a tip from one of our constant style crushes, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, and pair your white dress with black accessories.

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Primary Colour: Red
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Style Notes: Most brunettes have a very slight burgundy tint that’s visible in the sunlight; wearing red will enhance the colour of your strands and make a naturally gorgeous pairing.


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Style Notes: Lily Collins's pillar box red dress is stunning against her dark hair. The cutout middle accentuates her waist, too.

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