Yes! It’s time to pick out a new pair of eyeglasses, and you love looking at all the new styles and options that are available. From shape, style, and lenses to colors, there are endless possibilities that can quickly become overwhelming when it comes to actually picking out a frame style for yourself. While lenses are important in actually helping you see, it’s your frames that show off a stylistic choice and are what people will notice. Thinking about what color to pick and why that color works is an important aspect when looking around the eye doctor’s office and picking out your next new pair of frames.
Most of the glasses you’ll see on faces are neutral in color–browns, blacks and grays–because those colors are unobtrusive and easily match a lot of other colors and looks. However, a pop of color doesn’t have to be something to be afraid of! Consider these aspects when you’re thinking about how to choose your next eye frame color.
The first thing to determine is your skin tone. People can have warm or cool tones, with shades varying from light to dark. This spectrum typically leaves around six skin tone categories to work with. The easiest way to determine your skin tone is to think about the “glow” of your skin. If you notice a more golden, red hue you’re probably a warm tone. If you think you have more of a pink hue, you’re probably a cool tone. Another test is to look down at your wrist and look at the color of your veins. If they stand out as blue or purple, your skin puts out a cool undertone, but if they appear greener in color you have warm undertones.
Skin tone is important is learning how to choose your next eye frame color because you typically want to consider shades that complement (or are similar) to your skin tone. Once you figure out your skin tone, choose your next eye frame color to amplify and work with your natural skin tone for a styled, cohesive look. For warm tones, this typically includes browns; for cool tones, black and grays. For a pop of color, warm tones may consider gold, tan, orange, or maroon hues, while cool tones should try blues, purples, and pinks.
Hair is another important factor in considering how to choose your next frame color, and its “rules” are similar to skin tone rules. Like our skin tone, our hair exerts warm and cool color hues, and the color of our frames should best enhance that hair undertone. For example, a more platinum blonde emits a cool tone, while a peach blonde is a warm tone. For brunettes, red undertones typically denote warmer undertones. You want a frame color that works to complement and accent your already natural color.
The color of your frames should complement the color of your hair. So, for darker colors, you may try frames that go darker. For brunette hair, you may consider some brown hues, but with a twist (like some print!). For lighter (think white!) hair, you can go as bold and crazy as you want because white complements all colors.
Your eyes are beautiful, and your new frames can be a fun way to make them pop. However, instead of thinking about similar and enhancing colors as we did with skin and hair, for eyes we think in contrasting (complimentary) colors. By complementing your eye color, your frames can accentuate and show off your eyes.
A good test is to try on the frames and have someone take your picture from at least 10 feet away. Take a look at the photo and specifically focus on your eyes. Can you tell what color your eyes are? If so, the frames are helping them pop!
Finally, take some time to think about the purpose of your new frames. Where will you be wearing them? What’s your typical day-to-day style? What colors do you wear a lot of? What kind of vibe do you want to pull off? It’s definitely okay to try something new (in fact, it’s encouraged!), but you also want frames that are true to your personality and lifestyle.
There’s a wide range of frames available, and it’s important you feel comfortable with your choice. If you want to go bold, go bold. If you want a more traditional look, go traditional. As long as you feel great in your frames and they highlight your best features, you’ve chosen the right pair for you!
These suggestions are simply to help get you started and make you feel more comfortable about picking eyeglasses with a splash of color. However, don’t be afraid to break the rules! Ultimately, the number one rule is that you look in the mirror and feel excited about the choice–and confident in your new look. Choosing a bold frame color is a great way to break the mold and try something new!
Mather Vision Group is an optometry office in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact Mather Vision to schedule an appointment, or stop in to see the optometrist’s large variety of glasses and frames. You can find Mather Vision online, on Facebook, and on Google+.