Mo Better Blues: Silver style shift, part 3

As many of you know, I’m Queen Blue. A peek into my closet would reveal  blue, blue, blue and more blue. Traditionally, blue has been my colour and my neutral, my daywear and my nightwear. If there was one colour I could count on — and wear in any shade or tone — blue was it. 

Well, now that I have nearly blue hair, guess what? It’s not so simple.

Turns out I’m going to have to get pickier about which blues I invite home with me.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not discarding anything that I currently own. But…well… some blues are better than others, it seems to me. Whereas before, they all seemed pretty great. 

I apologize for the quality of some of these “after” shots, which somehow blurred. I think you still get a sense of things, though. There is no styling going on with the shirt photos — I’m just showing the colours. 

Pics 1/2: A tale of two denims. 

3/4: Verging on violet...

5/6: A multitude of blues

7/8: Chambray

9/10: In the navy

11/12: Kitty print

13/14: Preppy stripe

I’d love to hear your favourites and thoughts.

My final instalment will be a short one on colour and pattern. Stay tuned! I might post today in advance of NAS frenzy.  (What? You have better things to do than analyze my colours? No way!) 

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48 Comments

  • Chris987 replied 4 years ago

    Hmm... I still like them all with your new hair but the lighter blues (like the chambray dress) seem a little better with the blonde hair...and the blue and white striped one seems somehow too bold for your new hair where that other patterned shirt is great with the new hair. This is all gut feel and all within a general statement that they ALL look great both ways! (just realized that was a thumbs up for the kitty print...duh...of course :-) )

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    Ok, this makes me realize how bad I am at analyzing colors, especially in photos.  I think they all look pretty good on you.  I'm not sure why but I like #12 better than #14.  I wonder if I'm less influeced by the color of the tops than the pattern.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    (What's a Mo Better Blue?)

    I can't think of a blue you can't wear, Suz. They ALL look as good - if not better with the new grey hair. So I guess I'm a spanner! 

  • Roxanna replied 4 years ago

    Hmmmm...funny but I definitely prefer you on the darker/bolder blues vs. The lighter ones - they give you more presence, somehow. Which is the opposite of me - with my salt and pepper hair, I prefer lighter colours on me since dark ones seem to drain me of colour.

  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    Suz, if your hair is bluish, are you using the purple shampoo too much?

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    !,6, and 10 are my faves, but really they all look good. I think the chambray and violet blues are my least favorites.

  • texstyle replied 4 years ago

    I think they all look great with the new color!

  • carter replied 4 years ago

    Deeper, bolder and solid is a huge preference for me.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    This is great!! I love your comments! Keep 'em coming!

    Mo Better Blues is a Spike Lee film and the song associated with it, Angiehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo%27_Better_Blues

    Most of you are seeing what I see. On the whole, the lighter blues are less good with the grey hair than the darker ones. 

    So much for the "soft, low contrast colours" that are suggested for "summers," right? 

    I do think the kitty print shirt works well. It's a little on the "soft" side but the black and white in the pattern help, plus it's a cooler blue than the chambrays or the striped shirt. I agree with you, Chris -- the striped shirt is a bit too intense. 

    I'm sad about the J. Crew tux shirt. It doesn't look bad; it just isn't one of my best colours any more. (I'm sad because I adore the fabric on that shirt; it's divine.) 

    Roxanna, it makes sense that you'd like lighter colours. Your skin is warmer and darker toned than mine, and your not-yet-grey hair is dark so provides contrast. I think what we crave is contrast, but we get it different ways due to our different natural colouring. 

  • Sal replied 4 years ago

    They all look good but I think the bolder ones look 10/10. 

    1/6/10/12 are my most favourite.  I love 6 the most - to my eye it looks stunning!!

    The chambray has a slight muddiness in the tone that might have worked better with blonde hair - I thought this yesterday as well.  Maybe with a bold raspberry lip it could work brilliantly though.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Sally, you see exactly what I see. Thank you!! 

  • skylurker replied 4 years ago

    you can go on wearing blue - that must be a relief :)

  • replied 4 years ago

    Yeah but.... I LOVE the chambray dress on you - still!   I know that flies in the face of the general consensus here, and maybe it has to do with the dead-on fit and style suitability, but I actually like it better with the new hair.  I'm a little unsure of how to compare the shirts because they are worn with different pants . I realize that's not the point, but it is distracting my eye from the shirt ....or whatever I'm trying to say.  I'm not keen on the unbuttoned shirts over the looser pants, so I may be influenced as such.  Anyways - yes to darker blues, and I'm guessing that prints are going to look best in more dramatic versions (rather than subtle stripes and cats - lol).  The Aritzia top - for example. 

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    Your silver accessories are fantastic Suz!
    Smiling at your matching smiles  sans teeth in 11-12 too :)
    I wasn't surprised that all these shades of blue are still great with your hair. I agree that some are more flattering than others, but all look beautiful on you to me.
    Hah- last count I have 48 blue items in my closet, can you beat that?

  • Summer replied 4 years ago

    Suz, my first impression was that the chambray, while still lovely on you, maybe lacks some of the impact of the other blues.
    The violet blue (4), kitty print (12), and preppy stripe (14) are all beautiful on you.
    Navy looks more sophisticated with the new hair.
    6 is stunning on you, my absolute favourite.  It looked lovely with your blonde hair, but is even more dramatic with the silver - gorgeous.   

  • AviaMariah replied 4 years ago

    I think you still look great in all shades of blue although you could split hairs (ha, ha) and say one looks slightly better than the others.  I love, love your after in the chambray dress.  I slightly prefer your before in the cobalt skirt and printed top.  But just the slightest shift in lighting could make the different in these pics.  You're seeing the real life thing.

    ETA: after reading everyone else's comments it seems I'm the spanner.  :)

  • Summer replied 4 years ago

    I agree that the summer palette can be a little too soft with grey hair.  My colouring is similar to yours - before and after transition - and I've had to push my colours into deeper, bolder shades with a bit more contrast than before.
    I find my best blues are mid-toned with a purplish hue such as Periwinkle.  Cornflower and French Navy are good, too.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Suz, aren't you clever getting this all in before my NAS mayhem. I'm impressed! And my word, can image consultants be wrong about colour pairings and complexions. You CANNOT see colour in isolation. I'm sticking with that forever.  (I'm responding to what you said to me on your other thread, btw).

    Since blue is BIG for you, why not go deep into all the hues. Otherwise things will get boring - again. 

    Now. You need to get Fire Engine Red at the NAS. 

  • Alassë replied 4 years ago

    I agree, #2 and #4 don't look as good as the other, darker shades. I like the solids better on you than the 2 prints at the end, too. I look forward to reading your thoughts on patterns.

  • lynn replied 4 years ago

    I really tried to find a blue here that didn't look good but I didn't! That said, I think going forth, you will know if something new should come home with you. You will "feel" the rightness of it; I'm sure of it!

  • Jenn replied 4 years ago

    Ooh, those darker shades really pop on you now, but I agree with Angie and others that the lighter ones still work. Actually, I'm really struck by seeing these side-by-side images how much more confident and self-possessed you look with the gray hair. I have a hard time even analyzing the color because you OWN it all.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    I can't believe how helpful this is to me -- thank you all so much!! 

    I think the general consensus is that most blues still look good, but the majority seem to agree that on the whole, the darker, richer blues are a surer bet, and the solids appear more popular than most of the prints, although the sharp architectural print of the Aritzia shirt is very flattering. I think that's partly to do with colour placement, and partly to do with the fact that the angles suit my facial structure and personality. 

    Angie, I'm keeping my eye open for bright colour at NAS. Fire engine red might be tough to find, but I know I can also wear orchid, magenta, fuchsia, purples, cranberry, burgundy, and more. My eyes are on the lookout! 

    And yes, that is so true, you have to see colour in relationship. 

    Summer, that is so interesting. I think our colouring must be very similar indeed. I read somewhere that quite a few "true summers" end up as "true winters" or simply as "cool" seasons -- with the coolest tones from summer's and winter's palette. That sounds pretty accurate to me. 

    AV, you are not a spanner. I thought I agreed with you at first but in the end, the lighting was so different for those photos and in person the top felt great with the grey hair -- really surprisingly great. It's quite icy, which I think is key .

    Re the chambray -- I am in agreement with those who think it is slightly less good than before...but...the dress is such a great dress, and a keeper. The shirt is a slightly different hue and maybe not quite as good. (I bought that dress THREE YEARS ago -- really getting on top of the trend, no? I love it.) 

    Lyn, thank you, and now I have to go count. Are we talking year round closet and including denim? If so, I know for sure I have more than 48 blue items. If denim is off the list, we might be tied. Either way, we are Queen Blue North America and Queen Blue Oz.  :)

    Lisa, I know -- I am sorry I didn't style those outfits. I can't count the number of times I've said to a new member re a K/R post -- "can't tell until you style it!!!" :)  I agree about that dress. The colour is not quite right any more but the fit and vibe is awesome. 

    Isabelle -- you bet it is. Imagine the financial disaster that would await if I could not wear blue any more!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Aww, Jenn --thank you!  I think it is true that it feels good just to be who you are, you know? When it's time to stop colouring, it's time. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    I like the ink blue the best on you. It's amazing!
    I also rather like the periwinkle-blues better with your new hair.
    Actually, I think they all look better with your new hair, even the chambray.

  • kerry replied 4 years ago

    I love blue too! I think all of these blues still work and look gorgeous but I will confess to a slight preference for the darker solid - your eyes pop! Are you tightlining here?

    Do you think it'll make any difference when you have more grey hair? Do you think the drama value will change with a longer pixie?

  • tulle replied 4 years ago

    Speaking as another blue-closet type, I agree with Summer:  although I think you can still wear any blue, the deeper and cooler ones really seem to snap you into focus.  The  paler, warmer chambray just looks slightly less interesting. Silvery periwinkle, deep inks and navy are very glamorous on you--and that multi-blue graphic top is spectacular!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Tulle, you see exactly what I see -- thank you! 

    Kerry, I am not sure I had done the tightlining in those pics..probably not. 

    As for more grey-- it can't happen because I'm all grey now! :) But now it goes from a kind of charcoal to silver and will eventually turn snow white, if my parents are any indication. I'll have to see about the drama quotient of a slightly longer pixie -- my idea is to keep the drama but add just a touch of softness -- so we are not talking a big change from this. Just more texture. 

    Aww, Smittie, thanks. 

  • jenanded replied 4 years ago

    1, 6,10,12 as well. There is something about the dark and the light picking up those contrasts in your hair AND with your eyes and skin.

  • Brooklyn replied 4 years ago

    Definitely the darker and bolder blues. You just look so striking. No 1 is amazing. The lighter colours are still good, just not as good.

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Hmmm.  I'm actually loving the light chambray -- particularly the dress.  It's the middle shades -- especially the classic striped shirt -- that seem better when translated into "Blonde Suz."  

    The chambray dress is modern, and kind of minimalist.  Perhaps I see that it matches your new boldness, even in a soft tone.  

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    Suz, the count includes denim but not coats, of which 4 are blue, and add to this 2 blue handbags and half a dozen scarfs too.

    Sounds like you win though :)

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    This is so helpful. I am seeing what others have saw- the lighter blues are less good. Still good, and I love the chambray dress, but the darker deeper blues are more "wow". We aren't at all th same coloring but I have notices the same on me.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Shevia, that is interesting. But you also wear a lot of icy light blue, correct? I am wondering if I need to try the icier shades now, and leave the softer medium tones and the muddier shades alone. 

    I love the chambray dress, too, and am keeping it, but I think maybe now its flattery is largely of cut/ style, as Beth Ann says. It looks good mainly because it's a really good style for me and less because it's a fab colour, although it is an acceptable and not unflattering colour. 

  • Thirkellgirl replied 4 years ago

    The only one I'm not a fan of is #2, and I think that's as much to do with the cut and casualness of it as the color, which is a little washed out. You look spectacular in the dark blues, but you look beautiful in all of them, in my view. You are really inspiring, because you definitely are more beautiful with your natural hair color and shorter cut, and that gives me hope. :)

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    From what I can see, you still look fabulous in a variety of blues. In this group my least favorite is 4 and my favorite is 6. Please keep a variety of blue in your wardrobe. You will miss it if you don't. I like navy, sapphire and icy blue best on myself. Cobalt and chambray are ok but not wonderful.

  • Summer replied 4 years ago

    Suz, you are absolutely right.  Originally a Summer, I now consider myself to be Cool, using the boldest of the Summer colours and a few from Winter - including black.  These colours seem to have far more impact with grey hair than the softer pastel shades, which make me look rather washed out.

  • MsMaven replied 4 years ago

    I'm with the chorus that prefers you with the more saturated or darker colors. And what Angie said about not looking at colors in isolation.

    I think the lighting at different times of year makes a bit difference as well. It's more intense in summer so bold colors look better.

    I'm not so sure you are a summer either. I don't remember all the newer 12 categories, but you definitely are more towards one of the edges of summer.

    I think my Mom was an autumn, but most of her life she wore summer colors, especially after her hair went gray. I suppose it was part her personality as well--she wasn't bold--but she was so boring in all those pastels. 

    Congratulations on a fabulous series. I'm going to reread these threads when I get some more time.

  • RobinF replied 4 years ago

    I know I'm late to the discussion but I actually like the lighter blues, especially the chambray dress. I guess you get as many opinions as there are people! My favorite is #12, loved it in your previous post also. But that said I do really like the dark dress (it looks black to me but must be navy?). So I say wear as much blue as you like! They all look great.

  • Laurie replied 4 years ago

    I'm just having trouble getting past how great your legs look in those gladiator sandals!    #6 jumped out at me, so I fall in the darker/more saturated colors camp.

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    So I haven't read the other comments yet, and here's my two cents:

    I was going to say I like the deeper and bolder blues the best with your hair color, but then I saw the dress - it's lighter and it's gorgeous. So my conclusion is: You can wear them all! I hate to be like, "it's all good" and not seem to offer any real help, but I truly think these all work well with your new hair color. Since I always like to see dark with light, that's probably why my first inclination was to say that the darker and brighter colors worked best with your lighter hair.

  • Vicki replied 4 years ago

    You still can do all sorts of blues and I must say the graphic print in 6 is my favorite as is the other print in 12.  I, too, like the darker shades as in 10.  I can't get enough of these before and afters.

  • UmmLila replied 4 years ago

    I am not averse to any of them, but i do like the dramatic ones. A comment you didn't ask for: your shorter hair makes your head look a little smaller. So the more voluminous white pants seem a little too big with the super pixie you have now..

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Interesting, Lisa

    I think it's also styling (or lack thereof). Normally I roll these pants more carefully and wear only certain tops with them -- in this case I just pulled them on like PJs and put on the tops -- merely to show the colours. Which is always kind of a dumb thing to do because it distracts! 

    Thank you all for your thoughts -- it was super helpful to me. 

  • Gaylene replied 4 years ago

    I also liked the darker blues best, but I suspect my preference has much to do with my liking grey-haired, pixie Suz in an edgier look. To my eye, the chambray dress worked because of its the way you styled it--crisp, bold, and ultra modern.

    For what it's worth, I nodded at the comment when one of your friends said you looked like Suz's edgier sister. While Suz's look is modern classic, her edgier sister has more eclectic, modern edge to her style. In some of the pictures, it looks like you've raided Suz's closet. ;)

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Ha, I love that, Gaylene. Brilliant. As always. 

    Lots to ponder here. I too prefer the darks but like the style of that dress. 

  • Nishaa replied 4 years ago

    Ooooo.... I love you In that navy dress.
    Chambray too looks good on you. You are queen blue.

    On a side note, shirt dresses to me look like I couldn't find my clothes next morning and grabbed a large(male) shirt to run back home. ;-) No pants, you know what I mean, right... *Runs away before fashion police hear this blasphemy and arrest her*

    Not commenting on yours, please don't be offended with my skewed sartorial vision.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    No offence taken, Nishaa!! :) That is very funny. I can understand how you see shirt dresses, for sure, but I have a soft spot for them. They were a great style for my mum and also, it turns out, for me. 

  • Sveta replied 4 years ago

    I still love all blues on you and honestly I do not see much difference color wise with silver hair. For me it is more a hair style difference than the color...you rock them all still.
    However may it be a case when you feel more emotional pull towards some blues vs. others?

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