The best clothing colours for grey hair

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The best clothing colours for grey hair
Don't overlook basic black. (Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Going grey can be a tough decision. Once you've made the transition, you may find that the colours that used to look great on you are no longer flattering. Find out how to rethink your clothing colours, making the most of your beautiful grey hair.

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Know your shade

Many people think that grey hair is grey. Not so. Grey hair ranges from dark grey to silver, platinum and blonde-grey. Before you start choosing clothing colours, know your exact shade or achieve the shade you really want. If you are steel grey or blonde-grey and want silver or platinum, a professional hairdresser can really help. They can give you white highlights, strip old hair dye or give you a rinse or gloss to add colour and shine.

Start with a clean slate

This doesn't mean that you have to buy a whole new wardrobe. It simply means throw out any preconceived ideas of what "your colours" are. This is a great time to reinvent yourself and really play with colour.

Go crazy for colour

Author Kim Johnson with Gross More magazine said, "I think a colour has to pass two tests: it has to give your face a healthy glow and it has to make you smile. The only way to find these magic shades is to experiment- to try on colours you've never worn before, including those you thought you weren't supposed to wear."

Expert insight

Teresa Morisco of Wardrobe 911 advises "Wearing grey or silver is fairly easy when you are grey or silver-haired. I love the idea of mirroring your hair colour in your clothing-it looks so fluid and beautiful and it's something that all good personal stylists advise. But for you silver and platinum sisters without much pigment left, you need to add some colour."

Some colour suggestions are purple, warm orange, fuschia, pink or jewel tones like cobalt blue, emerald green and ruby red. For grey-haired women, most experts agree that the one colour to avoid is beige. If you want to go pale, try bright white instead.

Check your makeup

If you've chosen your clothing colours and still look pale or washed out, check your make-up colours, as they probably need updating. Define the eyes, add a sheer coral or peach blush, and don't skip the lip colour. If you're not a lipstick girl, smooth on a tinted balm or stain.

Support for silver sisters

You may feel alone in your struggle to find this beautiful new you, but it's not true. Goinggraylookinggreat.com is an entire website devoted just to women trying to look terrific with grey hair. It offers before and after photos, tips on how to transition and Cafe Gray, a chat room devoted entirely to support and advice from other women in the same boat.

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