The star sports a darker do

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Maybe that whole sunkissed-blonde-in-a-bikini routine was getting old? (Just kidding, that never gets old.) Maybe she’s got a darker-haired role coming up? Or maybe Emma Roberts was just ready for a new hue. For whatever reason, the actress was spotted out in L.A. rocking a darker new do.

When Roberts went from brunette to blonde last August, she told PEOPLE that she was excited to lighten up for summer months. “I just love having long blonde hair again,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s actually a fun change. I feel like with blonde hair, you can get away with going lighter on the makeup, which is so nice to do in all this humidity.”

But that was back when her hair was longer — now that she’s chopped it off, she may have changed her mind about being weighed down by being brunette. She certainly seemed enthused about the new, richly auburn-tinged color she debuted at an Old Navy flip-flop vending machine event, and we’ve got to say, we’re sharing in her enthusiasm.

Are you a fan? Miss the blonde? Think she should stay brunette for her wedding? Have other hair-related thoughts about Emma Roberts? Share them below!

–Alex Apatoff