Blonde hair is trending this year, with many of our favourite celebrities going blonde, even couples. (Note Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson.) The brighter summer days are naturally lightening blonde hair and inspiring others to opt for sun-kissed highlights. So if you’re new to lighter hair, then here’s some insight into the colours that will suit you best. We know it may sound old-fashioned, but honestly, there are certain colours that suit blondes particularly well. Not that you should feel bound by “rules”—we’re firm believers that you should always wear what you want—but if you’re looking for a little guidance on the colours that celebrate blondes the best, then we’re more than happy to help.
I’ve dabbled in being blonde myself, and I’ve found there are definitely colours that I gravitate towards when I have lighter hair and some I invest in less frequently, as they suit my brunette hair much better. Just as silver and gold jewellery can be dependent on your skin undertones, there are certain colours that sing just a little bit more with blonde hair.
But this is where we—and a bevy of golden-locked A-listers and street style stars—jump in to decode the spectrum of suitable hues for you. So what colours really are best for blondes? Well, after trawling through image after image from red carpets, events, fashion week front rows and such, we noticed a few trends emerging among the savviest blondes on the block.
Scroll below to see the results, and then shop key pieces to get your new palette going.
Cynthia Erivo shows just how striking scarlet red can look with a cropped blonde hairstyle. For added impact, add silver jewellery.
Who can deny the power of a little red dress?
With slick-back hair or bouncy curls, scarlet hues will make bright hair even more vibrant.
A very sleek way to channel the hue.
A flattering wrap style in bold scarlet.
The perfect summer sandals with dresses, jeans, trousers, shorts and more.
We didn’t need much convincing when it came to the impact of cobalt blue, but Lily Donaldson’s two-piece suit and sparkly jewellery made for a real standout combination.
Take style notes from Yasmin, and break up bold cobalt with softer pastel tones.
Accessorise with neon accents to make the look even more impactful.
A throw-on-and-go dress that every wardrobe needs.
Complete your ‘fits with this striking cobalt blazer.
Take your complementary colours to the beach.
Crystal Garrett celebrated her blonde ‘do with a full metallic look from earrings to shoes. The icy silver tones pick up on the light blonde tones perfectly.
A little shimmer goes a long way for blondes.
Shimmery metallics pick up on bright blonde tones.
I’m styling this with the matching skirt for festivals and parties this summer.
Easily add sparkle to any look.
This light-blue metallic number is sure to be a sell-out.
Tiffany Haddish inspired us to add emerald to this list, and we think it’s obvious why.
Even more vivid greens highlight golden locks.
Make the most of this complementary colour by going full tonal.