How to select clothing colours that complement brown hair and dark eyes

Updated February 21, 2017

Step 1

Begin your journey into personal colour by divorcing yourself from your favourite colours and whatever colours currently reside in your closet.

Step 2

Look at your hair in the mirror. Determine if it's dark brown, medium brown or light brown. Do you have any red or blonde highlights?

Step 3

Remove all traces of makeup.

Step 4

Look at your eyes in the mirror. Are they deep brown, or do they have a golden cast?

Step 5

Check your skin's undertones. Do you see golden, peachy, beige or bluish hues?

Step 6

Choose soft earth tones if have brown hair with auburn highlights, dark or golden brown eyes, and golden undertones to your skin. Look for browns, yellow-based greens, oranges, peaches and light camels. Greys, navys, taupes and pinks will make you look lifeless. Wear black for trousers or skirts only.

Step 7

Choose ivory, apricot, tans, beige, medium browns, violet blues and golden yellows if you have golden brown hair, golden brown eyes, and peach or golden undertones to your skin. Marine blue and warm greys will work well for you, but black and wine will render you sallow.

Step 8

Choose bright colours if you are a dark brunette with dark brown eyes, have brown or olive skin, or have bluish undertones to your complexion. Look for vivid primary colours including blue reds, royal blues, emerald greens and lemon yellows. You'll look dynamite in black and white.

Step 9

Go shopping. You're armed with personally empowering information, so get out there and use it.

Step 10

Try on colours that you've determined to be well suited to your colouring. Step out of the dressing room into light that is as close to daylight as possible, and ask a friend or sales associate for a second opinion.

Step 11

Look at yourself against a white or off-white background for an undistorted view of the colour.


  • Experiment. There are a million colours out there; if you're unsure which one is right for you, try it on and get a few opinions.
  • Colour blind? Find someone you trust, give her your list of colours and have her help you select the shades most complementary for you.
  • If you find a colour you like that is outside of your range, consider it for trousers or a skirt. Keep it far away from your face.

Things You'll Need

  • Men's casual trousers
  • Men's casual tops
  • Men's dress shirts
  • Men's dress sweater
  • Mens' dress trousers
  • Women's casual tops
  • Women's dress coats
  • Women's dress trousers
  • Women's dress shirts
  • dresses and skirts
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