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The best clothing colors for red hair go beyond black

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.

Green

This girl is on fire — find out the best clothing shades for redheads
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Most shades of green are instantly flattering to the redhead, and mossy and olive greens were made for you, says shoe designer Yosi Samra. Ever the shoe lover, Samra recommends experimenting with the red-to-green combo by trying a green shoe first. He says, "Even better when it comes in a super cute foldable flat!"

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. Isoke Salaam, a fashion publicist in Washington D.C. who is a big fan of the redhead, suggests, "For a casual look, a green blazer white t-shirt, dark jeans and cool booties work well."

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Neutrals

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

This girl is on fire — find out the best clothing shades for redheads
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Kristie Glenn, owner of Blue Labels Boutique Shop, says that while women with fiery red hair need to be more cautious in their color choices, ladies with natural red hair have more options and may look best on the neutral color wheel. "I always find that natural redheads look great in shades of cream, ivory, white, pale pink, baby blue and other sorbet colors," Glenn explains.

Add punch

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

This girl is on fire — find out the best clothing shades for redheads
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True purple is a great choice, too. Purples with blue undertones also work well, but red-toned purples won't be flattering. Brighter blues in the turquoise family and deep blueberry colors are other smart choices. Denim blue also enhances the complexion of the true redhead. "A light purple flowy shirt looks amazing with red hair," says Salaam. "Blues are probably my favorite color for redheads. Light blue to a deep cobalt, a redhead looks great in any blue! I would suggest a fabulous blue winter coat."

Most redheads are cautioned to stay away from deep burgundy-red — just imagine the clash — but there is a small catch. You can rock the red any time you like, as long as it's on your nails. Vegan and cruelty-free indie cosmetics brand Trust Fund Beauty explains, "Many redheads think they can’t wear red nail polish, which could not be more false. Finding a bold shade can easily add warmth to any shade of red hair!"

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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 1/24/2016

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