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The best clothing colors for red hair may surprise you

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

This girl is on fire — find out the best clothing shades for redheads

Red hair is such a powerful feature that it can often take on a life of its own, which leaves us with the question: What's a redhead to wear? Choosing the right clothing colors to enhance — instead of dull — your fiery locks can help you make an even bolder fashion statement.


Most shades of green are instantly flattering to the redhead; mossy and olive greens were made for you. A bold bottle green is another perfect choice,  and a misty sage green is equally complementary. Stay away from yellow-greens and go for the purest saturated colors for your best look.

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Wardrobes require basic building blocks of neutral colors to mix and match; for the red-haired woman, the best of these are black, navy, tan and brown. Black works fabulously for redheads, and a variety of browns are appropriate, too. Look for chocolates, cinnamon browns and rich tans. Navy blue should be in the closet of every red-tressed woman.

Add punch

Redheads should avoid most oranges and yellows, and get their color punch from apricot and lavender. Pink can be unexpectedly flattering with red hair; depending on your shade, you can wear tones from the palest blush pink to a bolder pure pink. True purple is a great choice, too. Purples with blue undertones also work well, but red-toned purples won't be flattering. Stay away from deep burgundy-reds. Brighter blues in the turquoise family and deep blueberry colors are other smart choices. Denim blue also enhances the complexion of the true redhead.

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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 1/24/2016

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