Most people gravitate toward neutral frames — black, brown, and tortoise — because they’re easy to match with just about any hair color, eye color, and skin tone. But if you’re looking to have a little more fun with your shade range, here’s our guide to choosing the frame color that makes you favorite features stand out.
Before deciding what frame color will work best with your eye color, ask yourself whether you want to stand out, or blend in. For a subdued, professional look, you’ll want frames that are a neutral color, or that match with your eye color.
But, for occasions more festive than the Monday Morning Meeting, you might want a different look. For your fun or casual glasses, choose a color that’s contrasting—but complementary—to your eye color.
Orange—the complementary color of blue—will really make your eyes pop. Tortoise-shell and brown glasses will also look good with blue eyes.
Any color will look great with your eyes, from classic black to brighter tones. If you want to stand out, choose a very bold color like a bright green or a pool blue.
Choose a colorful frame to avoid a monochromatic look. The good news is almost any brighter color will work with your eyes.
Red is the complementary color of green, but you probably want to save that look for the holidays. We recommend brown or other earthy tones. These subdued frame colors always look good with green eyes. If you want to be bold, consider gold or purple frames.
Hazel eyes often seem to switch from brown to green. So choosing green or brown frames both provide contrast and will blend in. Amber frames are also a good choice.
Hair plays by similar rules as your eyes: there may be certain shades you want to all-out avoid, but for the most part you’re looking to enhance and play around with your ideal palette.
For black hair, choose darker frames like black or tortoise shell. You can experiment with brighter colors, but whether they work will depend on your undertone.
Go crazy! This is the ideal hair color for experimentation. Bright colors will look best with your hair.
Red hair calls out for bold frames. You can experiment with color, or, for a more conventional look, go with darker frames. Just avoid red frames, as they may blend in too much.
If you have brown hair with red undertones—also called auburn hair—you’re the perfect match with tortoise shell frames. Or look for frames that also have the warm, earthy colors of tortoise shell.
If your brown hair lacks red undertones, dark frames—especially black ones—will look terrific. You can also experiment with pastel colors.
If you have dark tones in your blonde hair, look for warm colors. Tortoise shell would also be a good choice for you. Ashy or platinum blondes—consider pastels and other bright colors for fascinating contrast with your light hair and skin.
Noted for having a pink undertone, Cool skin types looks best with similarly cool-toned frames like blue, silver, gray, green, and clear. Black frames tend to be too harsh, while gold hues can clash with the naturally rosy complexion.
Neutral skin types — with a mix of pink and golden undertones — can wear just about anything. Go bold with stark black, keep it neutral with a tortoise pattern, or play with any number of fun shades.
Accented with a golden undertone, warm skin types look best with similarly warm frames — tortoise, brown, red, orange, gold, and yellow. They also look great with the boldness of black, but will want to avoid greenish hues that may give them a sallow cast.
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