Which colours will suit you best?
Some top tips on how to pick the right colour when choosing new glasses
For many people, the most important aspect of choosing new spectacle frames is how they look on your face. You could try on every pair of frames you see to find out how each one looks, but narrowing down your choices in advance can save you a lot of time. By determining your face shape and colouring, and choosing which frame styles and colours suit your choice becomes simple!
All people have either cool (blue-based) or warm (yellow-based) colouring, therefore everyone looks best in his or her own colour base. It is worth remembering that eyewear colour should complement personal colour choices – A bright red frame may look amazing on a particular face, but if that person is happier in more understated tones with their clothing this must be taken into account.
The main factors that determine the best colour palette are the colours of the skin, eyes and hair.
Your skin tone is the prime element in determining the best colours for you. All complexions fall into one of two colour bases — blue (cool) or yellow (warm). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow.
Eye colour is usually considered a secondary element in determining colouring because of the many variations of eye colour. For example, blue eyes can range from a cool almost-violet to a pale blue-grey, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) through a medium-brown to a cool almost-black.
Hair colour can also be considered warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, auburn, salt-and-pepper and ash brown are cool. Warm hair colours include golden blond, brownish black, brown-gold, auburn and “dirty” grey.
Spectacle Frame Colours
Once you have determined if you are “warm” or “cool,” then you can find the frame colours that will suit you the best. Some examples of frame colours best for warm colouring are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise.
There are always ‘Safe’ options for frames, such as gold or silver with discreet decoration on the sides, but there are also more outrageous styles and colours for those who are more adventurous!
At Hammond Opticians, you are encouraged to try different styles in various colours and we can take photographs of you wearing them and of course you can have contact lenses exclusively for choosing frame styles so you can really see what you’re trying on!