When you first think about matching your eyeglass frames to your wardrobe, it seems easy, right? I usually wear red, so I'll get a red frame.
But stop a minute and think long-term about your eyeglass-wardrobe matchup. The steps below will guide you toward the best eyewear that will be in tune with your closet and your style.
At a glance, what is the color tone? Do you prefer bright primary colors, soft pastels, or muted earth tones?
This will give you a starting point when you browse for glasses online. FramesDirect.com even has a color selector in the left sidebar that will let you narrow down eyeglass choices by color alone.
Do you want your glasses to pop, to stand out as a wardrobe accessory?
Then you should steer toward designer glasses such as Yves Saint Laurent's or the LaFont collection. Saint Laurent was the iconic French designer who made his trademark dark frames into a fashion trend. Far from hiding the fact that you are wearing glasses, his bold, oversized collection will make your frames a dramatic and attention-getting statement.
Would you rather your frames recede, blending in with your face, so it's less a matter of your glasses matching your wardrobe than minimizing their appearance? Then look into Charmant's titanium eyeglasses or American Idol judge Randy Jackson's namesake collection.
These frames are mostly rimless, so there are no stark frame lines cutting across your face to draw extra attention to your glasses.
If you do follow the trends, you'll need eyeglass frames that will ride the waves of fashion with you. While green may be hot this year, next year's hue may be purple, or even houndstooth, so consider frames that will pair well with any color or pattern.
These clear Shuron Sidewinder frames look both hip and timeless.
And you can't go wrong with a pair of classic black Ray-Bans.
The color wheel, developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666, is a circular, logical sequence of pure hues. It starts with the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and expands to include their secondary and tertiary complementary and contrasting colors.
According to the color wheel, to achieve frame harmony with your outfit, you can choose either:
The color wheel works as well for matching your eyeglass frames to your wardrobe as it does for designing a home. If you predominantly wear one color tone, say red, then look for analogous color frames, like these ochre Shuron frames.
Or, try frames in a complementary color, such as these turquoise Tory Burch specs.
You can also consult the color wheel when considering which frames will make your natural eye color pop.
Tom Ford's square frames look great with a classic tuxedo, a la Justin Timberlake.
And cat-eye glasses look oh-so Mad Men with a vintage cocktail dress.
Sunglasses come in a variety of hues that can match your outfit. The army-green tint of these Ray-Ban Aviators will pair nicely with clothes in the green-gray hue.
But you'll want a warmer tint, like these amber Costa Wingmans, if you normally wear earth-toned outfits or golden jewelry.
FramesDirect.com boasts a range of premium eyewear choices when you are trying to match your frames to your outfit. And who knows, finding your perfect eyeglasses may lead you to a new fashion style, or at least a fun temporary fling.