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Ask a Redhead: 5 Tips for Redheads Wearing White

Of course redheads can wear white! It creates a striking contrast that enhances our overall appearance.

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Every week, we put out a call for your redhead questions. This gives you a chance to get advice or input from our team of redheads. From beauty and fashion to lifestyle, redheads are in a unique boat, and we want to help make this community a place where you can turn to for all your redhead needs.

This week we’re tackling a question we’ve received a couple of times. Can redheads wear white? Do redheads look good in white? Do redheads look better in black or white? Let’s talk about it! A common misconception is that redheads can’t (or shouldn’t) wear the color white. While, of course, redheads can technically wear anything, this idea comes from the fact that most redheads are fair-skinned. The idea that fair-skinned people shouldn’t wear white is silly. Redheads look amazing in white, and it can really make our red hair pop.

Redheads can wear white because it complements our unique hair color and creates a striking contrast that enhances our overall appearance. Additionally, white clothing can help to brighten a redhead’s complexion and make our natural features stand out. It’s all about finding the right shades and styles of white that work best for each individual redhead’s skin tone and personal style. Let’s talk about how redheads can rock white:

1. Know about the different shades of white and which looks best on you 

The first thing to think about is “pure” white versus other shades of white. While very similar, different whites can look very different against our skin. Often, pure white will actually stand out better against a redhead’s skin, while shades of white like ivory and off-white may be closer to your skin tone and blend in more. That being said, redheads can rock either — it’s all about personal preference. 

2. When in doubt, pair white with other colors 

When styling a white piece of clothing, the colors you pair it with can make a big difference in how it looks. Of course, white is neutral, so it pairs well with every other color. The way you pair white is all about your preferences. Pairing white with other light colors will make you look more light and airy. Pairing white with darker colors will give you more of a contrast. You can also pair white with bright colors to help balance them out. 

Here are some tips based on season:

1. Spring:

  • Pair a white blouse with pastel-colored bottoms like light pink or mint green.
  • Opt for floral print dresses with white as the base color.
  • Layer a white cardigan over a floral dress for cooler spring days.

2. Summer:

  • Wear a crisp white sundress with colorful accessories like a statement necklace or bold sandals.
  • Combine white shorts with a vibrant top like coral or turquoise.
  • Choose lightweight white fabrics like linen or cotton for breathability.

3. Autumn:

  • Pair white jeans with warm-toned sweaters such as rust or mustard.
  • Add a touch of fall with a plaid scarf or printed cardigan over a white blouse.
  • Incorporate white into layered outfits with earthy tones like olive green or burnt orange.

4. Winter:

  • Wear a white wool coat over dark-colored layers like a black turtleneck and charcoal pants.
  • Combine a white sweater with rich jewel-toned bottoms such as navy or burgundy.
  • Accessorize with metallic accents like silver or gold to add warmth to winter whites.

3. What to do when choosing between white + black

When choosing between these two neutrals, black often seems like the safer choice. Let’s think about how wearing a white top will look with your hair and skin versus a black top. A white top will reflect light, white light onto your face. For redheads with fair skin, this may help to brighten the face. Wearing a black top will reflect a darker light up onto the face, which may cause you to look more washed out. That doesn’t mean redheads can’t wear black, they absolutely can! It just means that you should try on that white top, you might be surprised how good it looks. 

So, should redheads wear white? 

Yes! Redheads should wear whatever they want, and whatever makes them comfortable. Our hair color is a huge part of our identity, but it doesn’t have to define everything we do. Wear white if you like it, and if you don’t there are tons of other light and neutral colors to choose from.

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