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What Colors NOT To Wear In Pageant Interview Based On Your Hair Color

15, April 2015

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It’s no secret that your interview can make or break you in a pageant. This is the time when you get to show the judges the real you, and prove to them that you should be the girl wearing the crown at the end of the week. But no pressure, right? The judges start judging your interview the second that you walk through the door. Before you even open your mouth, they already have an impression of you based on the clothes you are wearing and the presence that you have as you walk into the room. If your clothes don't fit properly, or the color doesn’t flatter you, then you will have already left a less-than-perfect impression on the judges even before they begin the interview. To avoid any clothing mishaps, I spoke with Illinois International Junior Miss director, Tamara Anderson to get her opinion on which colors look best with each hair color. Follow these tips to find your perfect color for interview!

Blonde “When I have a blonde competing I immediately think of 4 very typical colors for a blonde: blue, red, black (depending on age and pageant system) and white. Yellow sometimes works really well on a blonde (a nice bright canary yellow).” -Tamara Anderson, Illinois IJM director. A bold color choice will really pop against your blonde hair! As a blonde myself, my go-to color is always blue. Blues are easy to pair with blonde hair because virtually every shade looks good! Tamara suggests to try different shades of blue to find which works the best. Red Your unique red hair will already help you to stand out, so choosing the right color dress will be icing on the cake. With red hair, Tamara suggests not only finding a color that compliments her hair, but her skin tone as well. “If they are redhead and very fair, you want to be careful of bold colors that may compliment the hair but not the skin tone. For a redhead with a skin tone that is very fair I would go with softer blues, very light pinks, or a darker blue." "If there is a redhead whose complexion is not as fair or maybe they tan well, they can go for those bright jewel tones, especially green and blues.” True redheads should stay away from warm colors such as yellows, darker pinks, and bright reds as these will usually not be the best complements.

Brunette “Brunettes look great in bold fuchsia and purple jewel tones, once again watching what also compliments the skin.” -Tamara Anderson. Bold jewel tones will help you stand out from your competition. They will pop against your hair and your skin, and help you to stand out among the other girls who may be wearing duller shades. Red is another color that brunettes can easily pull off. However, be careful with the shade of red you choose so that it flatters your skin tone.

Black If you are a dark-haired beauty, now may be the time to stay away from dark colored dresses. Black hair is similar to brunette because bold color choices will really help you stand out. Red seems to be a color of choice for dark hair because it stands out on whoever wears it. But if you aren’t a fan of red, then don’t be afraid to be different and try on other colors! If you have black hair, try to avoid solid white interview dresses. This creates a very strong contrast, which could stand out a little too much.

A Final Thought “No matter the skin tone or the hair, don't be afraid to make bold choices and think outside the box!” -Tamara Anderson, Illinois IJM director. With so many different hair and skin color combinations it’s difficult to say that one color will compliment all brunettes, or that blondes should completely avoid a certain other color. Bring along a few sets of eyes when finding your dress to give you a variety of opinions. Also, make sure that your friends and family helping you are completely honest about your color choice. Even if you may love a dress, it doesn’t mean that it will always flatter you. It’s better to hear it from them now, than from the judges later. Want more tips to help you prepare for interview? Check out this article!

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