Going gray is a popular choice these days whether you have never colored your hair or after many years of coloring, you have decided to embrace your grey. But what are the best colors to complement gray hair?

Let’s have a look at the best colors to complement gray hair.

If you’re still wondering if gray hair is for you, you may like to enjoy the article and comments in our article to gray or not to gray.

The best colors to complement gray hair

Once you have chosen to go gray, the question that I often get asked is “what colors look good with grey hair?”. Let’s explore the best color palettes for gray hair in this article.

Gray hair is the lack of pigment that naturally occurs as we age, as does a softening of our skin tones and even our eye color.

Not all gray is the same

50 shades of grey? Not quite, but there are many variations depending how much grey is in your hair and what your natural color was. Grey ranges from salt & pepper, steel grey, champagne, silver, platinum and all the way to pure white.

And the percentage of hair that is gray compared to that which is still pigmented also changes the look of your grey and will change over time as more pigment is lost.

The color grey is naturally a “cool” color, so depending on the amount of gray in your hair, you may look “cooler” even if you have a warm complexion and eye color.

With all these changes you may not suit some colors that you wore when younger. Let’s discuss the best color pallets to complement your gray hair.

In this article, you will find the colors to complement your gray best – depending on what your original natural color was.

I’ve also included some beautiful clothes in the colors that suit you best. I’ve concentrated on tops, coats and scarves as these will be what you wear against your face and hair.

color palettes tips for gray hair | 40plusstyle.com

Pastels may wash you out now as there is less contrast between your hair and complexion. Avoid muddy colors as these may dull your complexion.

Dark colors may be too harsh.

So what can you wear? Exactly what are the colors to complement gray hair?

Mid value colors to bright and jewel tones will be more complementary. Now let’s explore that in more detail. I was trained in the color analysis concept and believe that your skin undertone remains the same as you age.

That means if you have a cool undertone, you will always have that, so I will review the color pallets for warm and cool.

Which colors complement cool complexions

Colors that complement cool complexions | 40plusstyle.com

If you had naturally dark brunette or black hair you will look best in these colors:

Purple

Purple best complements naturally dark brunette or black hair | 40plusstyle.com

Brenda matches her coat to her glasses, and both go beautifully with her hair color, showing why purple is one of the colors to complement gray hair.

Check out this similar puffer jacket, scarf, jeans and boots to recreate her look.

Purple

Chelsea28 crepe shift dress | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 crepe shift dress

Royal blue

Gibson cross front tunic blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Gibson cross front tunic blouse

Cobalt

Eliza J tie waist jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J tie waist jumpsuit

Fuchsia

Chelsea28 sleeveless tie front dress | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 sleeveless tie front dress

Red

If you had naturally dark brunette or black hair you will look best in red | 40plusstyle.com

Mel teams a red outfit, complete with red lipstick, with her gray hair.

Get her look with this similar long sleeve top, crop pants and booties.

Chelsea28 tuck front top | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 tuck front top

Emerald green

URBANCLEO dolman drape shirt | 40plusstyle.com

URBANCLEO dolman drape shirt

All greys from silver to charcoal

UGG wrap cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

UGG wrap cardigan

Icy colors

Cole Haan Signature slick wool blend wrap coat | 40plusstyle.com

Cole Haan Signature slick wool blend wrap coat

What you may wish to avoid

Browns in your pallet may not work as well next to your face but would be fine as neutrals for trousers, skirts and jackets.

You may find black a bit too harsh, so you may want to substitute with navy.

White may be too draining next to your face especially if you have a high percentage of grey in your hair

Those who had blonde or lighter brown hair will look best in these:

Denim blue

Denim blue complements those who had blonde or lighter brown hair | 40plusstyle.com

Tania looks stunning in a mix of blues and prints.

Check out this similar chambray shirtdress, ribbed tank top, wide leg pants and shoes.

1901 classic chambray shirt | 40plusstyle.com

1901 classic chambray shirt

French blue

Treasure & Bond oversize sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Treasure & Bond oversize sweater

Cornflower blue

Gibson split neck top | 40plusstyle.com

Gibson split neck top

Periwinkle blue

Harper Rose sheath dress | 40plusstyle.com

Harper Rose sheath dress

Jade green

best colors to complement gray hair - jade green | 40plusstyle.com

Made by Johnny batwing dolman top

Rose red

Halogen ponte jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen ponte jacket

Deep lavender

The best colors to complement gray hair | 40plusstyle.com

Lyn, The Accidental Icon opts for a mix of cool tones in her outfit.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, jeans, shoes and earrings.

BOSS v-back top | 40plusstyle.com

BOSS v-back top

Raspberry

J.Crew ruffle mock neck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew ruffle mock neck sweater

Magenta

Eliza J pleated sleeve sheath dress | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J pleated sleeve sheath dress

Bright pinks

Gibson ruffle neck back tie tank | 40plusstyle.com

Gibson ruffle neck back tie tank

Pale greys

Veronica Beard stripe sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Veronica Beard stripe sweater

Off-white

Those who had blonde or lighter brown hair will look best in ivory | 40plusstyle.com

Judith, The Style Crone chooses a palette of whites and creams.

Recreate her look with this similar coat, jeans, booties, gloves, pillbox hat and jewellery set.

VERO MODA bow top | 40plusstyle.com

VERO MODA bow top

The browns and taupe in your palette may not work as well next to your face but would be fine as neutrals for trousers, skirts and jackets.

You may want to avoid soft pastels as these may wash you out.

Which colors complement warm complexions?

Warm tones and color to complement gray hair | 40plusstyle.com

Those who had warm brown, strawberry or golden blonde hair will look best in these:

Kelly Green

Those who had warm brown, strawberry or golden blonde hair will look best in green | 40plusstyle.com

Misja teams green with a pop of orange.

Recreate her look with this similar sweater, wide leg pants and long jacket.

best colors to complement gray hair - green | 40plusstyle.com

YEMAK basic button down knit cardigan

Watermelon

Theory peplum sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Theory peplum sweater

Corals

Chelsea28 wrap front blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 wrap front blouse

Turquoise

Topshop self stripe jacquard blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop self stripe jacquard blazer

Bright aqua

Those who had warm brown, strawberry or golden blonde hair will look best in aqua | 40plusstyle.com

Josephine coordinates her jewelry with her sweater.

Check out this similar sweater, wide leg pants, booties and necklace.

best colors to complement gray hair - aqua | 40plusstyle.com

Made by Johnny kimono style cardigan

Royal blue

Gibson notch collar blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Gibson notch collar blazer

Warm pinks

Chelsea28 twist front top | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 twist front top

Lilac

SSOULM peplum blouse | 40plusstyle.com

SSOULM peplum blouse

Warm cinnamon browns will be better than a tan or buff colour next to your face.

Beiges would be fine as neutrals for trousers, skirts and jackets. Ivory may be too pale for you now, so wear it with an accent color.

Those who had auburn or red hair will look best in these:

Tomato red

Those who had auburn or red hair will look best in tomato red | 40plusstyle.com

@iknmlo opts for navy and red stripes.

Steal her look with this similar stripe blouse and necklace.

best colors to complement gray hair - tomato red | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen lace & crepe top

Burnt orange

LARACE sleeveless tunic top | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE sleeveless tunic top

Terracotta

Seventy textured belted jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Seventy textured belted jacket

Teal

Eliza J side drape cocktail dress | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J side drape cocktail dress

Plums

Simlu back bow tie dress | 40plusstyle.com

Simlu back bow tie dress

Aubergine

Calvin Klein button down shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Calvin Klein button down shirt

Deep coral

Halogen v-neck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen v-neck sweater

Forest green

MUXXN wrap tie waist cocktail dress | 40plusstyle.com

MUXXN wrap tie waist cocktail dress

Goldenrod

Bobeau puff sleeve top | 40plusstyle.com

Bobeau puff sleeve top

Choose the warmer and richer colors in your pallet as the paler colors may wash you out.

Neutrals in the richer warm browns and camel will be better next to your face than olive or khaki.

Make-up to complement gray hair

Wear make-up colours that complement your skin tone.

You may feel you look paler now as your skin and hair color are a lower contrast, so you may want to try a brighter lip color. Lip and blush colors should be clear and slightly bright.

Warm complexions would use corals and warm pinks and cool complexions pinks and berries. Red lipstick is another great option, but perhaps go a bit lighter or with a sheer red.

Quick Tips for wearing color with gray hair

  • Wear your most flattering colors next to your face.
  • If you wear mostly neutrals, add color with scarves and accessories.
  • Play up your eye color with your clothing choices. Blue eyes will really pop with turquoise and cobalt blue and hazel and green eyes with greens and purples.
  • Try on clothes in colors you may never have worn before.
  • Try on different lipstick colors. Do a lipstick swap with friends and try new shades.

Keep in mind everyone is unique, so now is a perfect time to experiment and try something different. What colors are you loving with your grey hair?

Continue reading:

  1. How To Dye Your Hair Roots Yourself
  2. To Grey Or Not To Grey?
  3. How To Transition To Grey Hair: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

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