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Have you ever felt like you were in a clothing rut with regard to what to wear with gray hair? At some point, every woman has looked at her closet and thought, Ugh. Finding the right colors in clothing to flatter your gray hair is essential to you being able to feel fabulous with your silver locks.

So what to wear with gray hair?

It’s important to have a clear understanding of what color clothing works and what doesn’t with gray hair. So start working your way through your closet using these basic tips:

Go for higher contrast with black and white pieces. Add pops of color for interest and further contrast. Maybe now is the time to grab the perfect pair of red heels?

Shop your closet. Take a good look at the things that work and get rid of the things that don’t.

Give lavender, rich purple, red, and teal a shot – you may be surprised.

Find a color mentor. Got luscious white hair? Think Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Got blond going silver? Think Helen Mirren.

According to the site Stylelist,

“Stick to black, navy, pure white—never ivory—and all the jewel tones like sapphire, royal blue, ruby, fuchsia, magenta, purple and violet,” says image consultant Sandy Dumont, who has wardrobe-advised individuals and corporations for over 30 years. You’ll also want to stay away from certain shades. Avoid going matchy-matchy with gray clothing, as it can age you. Greens can also be tricky, as they can actually make your hair look green when you’re standing in the sunlight.”

For an even more in-depth approach to choosing the best colors in clothing and accessories for you, check out this video from talented color consultant Jill Kirsh.

One of our favorite products is Jill’s swatch books filled with pieces of fabric of all the best shades of every color, chosen especially to complement gray hair:

  • With the right shades of color, you don’t even need makeup!
  • All the right shades of color in a swatch book for you!
  • Shop in your closet or shop in the store—this swatch book makes shopping so easy!
  • Save time and save money while looking great every day!

Supreme Swatch Book for Dark Brown, Black, Salt and Pepper, and Silver Hair

Supreme Swatch Book for Ash Blonde and Gray Hair

So tell us, have you figured out what to wear with gray hair? What works for you and your shade of gray? Better yet, what doesn’t?

More Resources

Going Gray Makeover: Clothes and Accessories

Color Me Gray eBook