In an ideal world, we’d all have tons of pairs of glasses in every colour #PrueLeighGoals. But that’s not always logical or affordable, especially if your prescription changes often.
Here’s our list of what to think about when it comes to choosing a frame colour:
- Colour analysis (complimenting your eyes, skin and hair)
- Your wardrobe (including workwear)
- Personality and personal style
- Disguising lens thickness
The Colour Analysis approach
Colour analysis is a method of finding colours that complement your skin tone, hair and eye colouring. There are a few different methods to this but put simply, the goal is to not make you look washed out and to make your best features ‘pop’.
There is a bunch of apps and filters online that can help you test out which colours might suit you. Overall when it comes to glasses though, we’d say to look for either a high contrast between your hair/eye colour and frames, or complimentary tones like:
- Blonde and blue eyed - gold and tortoise.
- Grey hair and green eyed - clear acetate tones.
- Dark brown/black hair - silver and black tones.
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Your wardrobe and work wear
Think about the outfits and colours you wear most and what would match best. A lot of spec wearers have 2 pairs of frames for smart and casual wear: basically one for work and one for play. Having 2 pairs with different looks is going to give you a lot more style flex (tip: don’t come home from the opticians with 2 very similar frames!).
Maybe you’re a nurse and blue or white would look great, or if you tend to wear quite plain clothes, a pair of ‘jazzy’ coloured frames could complete your look.
Black is a classic because it ‘goes’ with a lot of outfits. Clear or brown has the same effect in that they are quite plain shades.
If you have a go-to lip colour or make-up look, make sure your glasses colour compliments or matches.
Another way to think about choosing a colour is making sure the metal accents of the frames match with the jewellery you wear the most. Or if you have 2 pairs, include gold and silver so you can always match your jewellery and not clash.
Pretty much anything goes when it comes to frame colours, but if you love staying on trend you might want to match next season’s big hues, or have a pair for different seasons e.g. summer and winter.
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your glasses and what colour they are. Although, like getting a new haircut which can take some time to get used to, it can be good to step outside your comfort zone and try a new style.
Disguising lens thickness
We hate to have to include this one! But especially if you have a prescription over -7, you might prefer the aesthetics of a clear or translucent frame which help blend the appearance of the lens with the glasses frame.
Love a glasses tint? Head over to our big lens tinting guide.