What To Wear With White Hair

Not all gray hair is the same tone. There are actually 4 types of gray hair. It can be all white (like mine), battleship gray, salt & pepper, or champagne gray. What shade you will be when you start to go gray is due to the natural tones in it when you were born. 

So blondes get more of a champagne color. Brown and black hair will gray in salt and pepper tones. If you have any red in your hair it will become white. 

If your gray hair is more of a silver color you will look your best in blues, pinks, charcoals, and plums. 

If your hair is pure white try teal blues, dark purples, or hot pinks.  

Women with salt and pepper hair usually have cool tones in their skin and look good with pure whites or jet blacks. 

Treat champagne gray as if you are a blonde and aim for ruby red tones. 

Knowing what colors flatter gray hair the most. 

While it is true that knowing your season, and the tone of your gray helps in choosing colors to wear there are tones that look great with every color gray. Why are we looking at yellow? Because gray hair is more that color. 

Purples and Pinks

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Looking at the color wheel we see that the opposite of yellow is purple-violet. Purples that look great with gray hair are ones that have either ruby red undertone or a royal blue undertone. Think colors such as lavender, amethyst, or periwinkle. 

Pinks also make your gray hair shine but can make you look too pale if you aren’t careful. Aim for fuchsia, hot pink, or a true pink. Stay away from purples or pinks that have any brown in them, like mulberry, plum, or salmon. 

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Royal blue

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Blues can bring out the coolness of any shade of gray hair. Navy blue is always a best bet and looks great with gray hair. Look for blues that lean towards a purple or red undertone. Aim for royal or sapphire blue, navy blue, or denim. You can even try lighter blues but look for icey tones such as arctic blue or cerulean. 

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Reds

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If you’re wanting to make sure you stand out in a crowd always opt for a red top or dress. The warmth of the shade will brighten up your cheeks instantly. Stick with a true red, though. Red can have brown tones and that won’t look good on you. Shades such as candy or rose would also look good on you.  

Greens 

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I love wearing green because it does make my eyes pop. But I go for tones that are either an emerald green or have a blue undertone. Greens that have any kind of yellow, again, make me look like maybe I should rest a bit. My favorite is wearing jade or lime green colors, especially near my eyes. 

Whites

Women with gray hair can look stunning in a white top. The caveat here is it must be snow white with no tones of brown. You will also have to pump up the color on your lips and cheeks. Shades such as taupe or tan will be good enough but maybe try a brightly colored scarf or sweater to pair with it. 

Blacks

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A black shirt or dress can make you look sophisticated even if it’s a linen shirt. This also goes for shades such as silver or gray. These colors bring out the darker tones in hair. Be sure to use purple shampoo before wearing black to wash out the yellow undertones. You want your gray hair to be the star of this show. 

The Art of Accessorizing

Accessories are the finishing touch to any outfit, elevating your style to new heights. When it comes to accessorizing with graying hair, keep these tips in mind:

Statement Jewelry

Bold, chunky necklaces or oversized earrings can draw attention to your face and add a touch of glamour to your overall appearance. Opt for pieces that complement your style and reflect your unique personality.

Scarves and Shawls

Versatile and elegant, scarves and shawls can transform even the simplest outfit into a fashion statement. Experiment with different textures, patterns, and draping styles to accentuate your features and enhance your graying hair.

Eyewear

Consider investing in a chic pair of glasses that flatters your face shape and enhances your natural features. From sophisticated cat-eye frames to trendy oversized spectacles, eyewear can be an essential fashion accessory that adds style and functionality to your look.

Silhouettes that Speak Confidence

Our bodies may change as we age, and embracing these changes is an empowering step toward self-acceptance. Dressing in silhouettes that make you feel confident and comfortable is key. Here are a few silhouettes to consider:

Tailored Jackets

A well-fitted blazer can instantly elevate any outfit, providing structure and polish. Opt for jackets with defined shoulders and a nipped-in waist to accentuate your silhouette and create a flattering shape.

A-Line Dresses

Flattering and timeless, A-line dresses gracefully skim over the body, creating an hourglass shape. Choose fabrics with movement, like flowing chiffon or elegant silk, to enhance your natural elegance.

Wide-Leg Pants

Comfortable yet chic, wide-leg pants elongate the legs and offer a stylish alternative to skinny jeans. Pair them with a tucked-in blouse or a form-fitting top to create balance and emphasize your waistline.

Confidence, the Ultimate Accessory

Regardless of your fashion choices, the most important accessory is your confidence. Embracing your graying hair and the wisdom that comes with age is a powerful statement. Remember, style is a form of self-expression that should make you feel beautiful and empowered.

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 feeling fabulous with your silver locks.

More advice on what to wear with gray hair…

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 make your hair look green when standing in the sunlight.”

Please also remember that you don’t have to follow any rules, and the best colors for you are those that make you feel comfortable. If you feel like wearing blue, wear it if it makes you happy. The same goes with every color on this list of colors to wear with gray or silver hair.

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.

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.

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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:

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