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How to Match Your Glasses with Your Outfit

When choosing a new pair of eyeglasses, or sunglasses, it’s important to think about which colors will complement you and your style. If you have multiple pairs, you may even be interested in matching your different frames with your outfits. But before you start to consider your clothes, you should first consider your skin tone. Do you know if your skin has warm, cool, or neutral undertones? By using color theory we can find the right balance of tones and find the most flattering eyewear that will complement you and your wardrobe.

Step one: Identify your skin undertones

You can figure out which color glasses to gravitate towards by first assessing your skin tone, which will be either warm, cool, or neutral. Warm people have green or yellow undertones. If you have olive skin you will fall into this category. If you are able to see your veins through your skin they will appear greenish if you are Warm. If they appear blueish, then you are most likely a Cool person. When you slice the color wheel (below) in half, horizontally; the top half will be the warmer colors and the bottom half will be the cooler colors. If you have hazel eyes, that's a good sign you are Neutral. In which case, you should choose glasses in more muted colors; saturated shades like electric blue and lime green can overwhelm your neutral skin tone.

Step two: Survey your closet and assess your clothes

At a glance, do you see a theme? 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 (“Frame Color” in the top navigation) where you can browse choices by color alone.

If we take a closer look at the color wheel, developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666, it starts with the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and expands to include their secondary and tertiary complementary and contrasting colors. In order to achieve harmony with your outfit and your glasses, you can choose from these tactics:

  • Pick analogous colors. Choose colors on either side of your main color (for example: chartreuse and mustard are neighbors of yellow) or
  • Choose complementary colors. Find the color directly opposite your main wardrobe color on the wheel (for example: blue is the complementary color of orange). 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, then look for analogous color frames. You can also consult the color wheel when considering which frames will make your natural eye color pop.

color wheel

Step Three: How do you define your personal style?

Do you want your glasses to pop, to stand out as a wardrobe accessory? If you are a dedicated follower of fashion, there are some designer brands that will not steer you wrong when it comes to being at the cutting edge of trends. Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and of course, Prada are all chic beyond measure. In fact, 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, minimizing their appearance? Then look into Charmant Titanium eyeglasses, Oakley, or Silhouette , which all specialize in rimless frames that are the ultimate in understated.

Step four: How often do you replace your glasses? How many pairs do you have?

Many of us only have one current pair of glasses at time, so it may be less about following trends, or matching outfits and more about finding a tried and true that pair that will make you look great no matter what you wear. If that's the case, check out our best selling eyeglasses , where you can find the timeless styles that have been popular for good reason. Whether you choose a Ray-Ban Clubmaster or classy pair from Persol, you can pick an uncommon color in a classic style for a simple way to make the look your own.

Step five: What’s the occasion?

Think about the situations in which you will wear your frames. What are the perfect pair of glasses to wear to a formal occasion? Do you need a special pair to go with your tuxedo? If you really want to go all out with glasses that are like jewelry, try the Swarovski range. And for the guys? Polo and Burberry both make classy and distinguished eyeglasses that will take you from the office to dinner, dancing and beyond. Or on the other side of the spectrum, maybe you work in a dangerous environment or have hard core hobbies that require eye protection. Or you play sports and need a no-slip grip? Our most popular safety glasses are Titmus, but everyone loves Oakley hard-wearing glasses that have style as well.

Step six: Don’t forget about sunglasses.

Sunglasses are also an amazing way to accessorize and bring out the most in your complexion and wardrobe. Plus, with sunglasses you have license to have even more fun. Choose sunglasses in primary colors or in warm inviting tones. Don't be afraid to choose a something other than classic black or tortoise, if you use the color wheel as your guide you will have it made in the shade.

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