Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Angel C
The party is in an hour, and you’re still alternating between the mirror and the wardrobe, considering how you will match your colorful glasses. Rummaging through the wardrobe, there doesn’t seem to be anything that could go well with them. Those colorful glasses seemed perfect, but maybe it wasn’t worth getting them.
Styling such frames is quite a characteristic struggle of anyone who gets colorful glasses, and it isn’t always the simplest task. Getting colorful glasses is quite a contradictory enterprise because, on the one hand, it is the desire to stand apart from the rest of the crowd, but on the other is the potential to go incredibly wrong.
Now, don’t fret if there doesn’t seem to be anything that matches those colorful glasses because there are some considerations that we should make before throwing in the towel.
Match tone, not color
Many people think colorful glasses = colorful outfit. While to a certain degree, this equation is true, and it easily becomes confused like blue glasses = blue shirt, blue pants, blue shoes. Having colorful glasses doesn’t mean that an entire outfit needs to be strictly uniform with the glasses. The purpose of getting colorful glasses is to stand out from the motley of styles incorporating black-rim glasses. But matching your outfit to the color of your glasses smothers its color with the rest of your outfit. We don’t want that.
So remember to match the look of your clothing, not the color. We established that clothes don’t need to match the color of the glasses. However, it conversely does not mean that you should wear anything. A good rule of thumb? Blend your glasses. Simply put, if your colorful glasses are a cooler tone, think about what might look good with silver, such as black, bright pink, white, or bright yellow. If your colorful glasses are a warmer tone, think of colors that look better with gold, like cream, orange, and some blues and orange-reds.
Styling colorful glasses this way is handy as it broadens the possible range and perspective of combinations with glasses and clothes.
Aim to be dynamic
Perhaps matching every article of clothing to your glasses isn’t the best idea. But this doesn’t mean that your colorful glasses won’t match anything. You might consider thinking about how certain parts of your outfit can complement your glasses. For instance, you can look to match your colorful red glasses to your heels or your blue frames to your cardigan. How about matching your glasses to your belt?
As mentioned earlier, when your entire outfit matches the color of your glasses, it takes away from the unique character and purpose of colorful glasses.
The goal of matching certain parts of your outfit is to be subtle yet dynamic. Matching your glasses to your belt or shoes brings colors together and draws people’s attention to your glasses. And when your outfit doesn’t match the color of the glasses, it provides a certain level of contrast which makes your colorful glasses stand out even more—a definite plus when trying to diverge from the standard catalog of modern styles and looks.
Start with the glasses
More often than not, people will try to make their colorful glasses match their outfit—to no avail. This might work with more neutral colors or black-rim glasses because neutral colors are always more adaptable in style. But with colorful glasses, you might want to reverse that order. Start with the glasses and then match your outfit around the glasses.
The same principle applies to accessories. A pair of earrings or a watch that matches your glasses might be nice, but you don’t want to buy accessories just for matching. When you meet people, the new earrings or leather strap watch is not the first thing they see. Instead, because they blatantly rest in the front of the face, your glasses will most likely be the first thing they notice. So, accessorize around your colorful glasses.
When in doubt, look to the color wheel
Sir Isaac Newton developed the concept of a color wheel in 1666. It is a circular sequence of various pure hues. Starting with primary colors (red, yellow, blue), the color wheel also includes the primary colors’ secondary and tertiary complementary and contrasting colors.
So why is this important, you ask? Well, the color wheel provides two primary ways of harmonizing a pair of colorful glasses with an outfit. The first is through its analogous colors, which means picking colors on either side of a primary color. For instance, you might pick chartreuse and mustard, which are neighbors to yellow. Analogous colors are similar but not the same, and as a result, you create a sort of movement between the frames and outfit, which compliments your colorful glasses.
The second way of harmonizing an outfit with colorful glasses is with complementary colors. This means picking colors opposite a specific color on the color wheel. Orange is blue’s complementary color, so if you have blue frames, you might want to wear something with a shade of orange to it. The color wheel is a good way to get the ball rolling on coordinating colorful glasses with an outfit, so you can experiment with other colors.
If you don’t have colorful glasses already or are contemplating purchasing a pair, hair color is something to consider. What tone hair do you have? If you have cool-toned hair, ashy brown, dishwater-blond, salt-and-pepper, silver, platinum, brown, or bluish-black tones adorn your hair. If you have warm-toned hair, you might have golden blond, golden brown, copper, auburn, flat black, dirty gray, or strawberry-colored hair.
Colorful frames that are pink, plum, blue, burgundy, purple, magenta, cool green, dark tortoise, rosy, and white are all good choices for anyone with cool-toned hair. For people with warm-toned hair, consider red, warm reds, off-white, light tortoise, coral, warm green, gold, copper, peach, or khaki, as they can complement the warm tone in your hair.
If you’re still unsure if you’re warm-toned or cool-toned, here’s a more detailed breakdown with different hair colors and which pair of colorful glasses you might want to go with.
Blonde hair: Warm blondes have a honey-like and bronze tone in their hair. Any warm color glasses match well for warm blondes, like shades of hemlock, tortoise, and peach. Cool blondes have more ashy undertones and lean towards more of a platinum type of color. Blue, dark tortoise, and pink tones are usually a pretty good bet for colorful glasses. But if you’re a cool blonde, you might want to avoid strong yellow or gold undertones.
Brown hair: Anyone with cool-toned brown hair usually has a lighter shade of brown hair and some ashy undertones. Pink and blue are the way to go for colorful glasses, but black and dark tortoise are also choice picks. Warm browns typically have darker shades of hair with auburn and red tones. Lighter tortoise shades with warm undertones like hemlock or bourbon are good colorful glasses for people with warm brown hair. Warm greens, reds, or creamy off-whites can also complement brown hair.
Red hair: This category needs no explanation—red hair is red hair. But in terms of which colorful glasses would look the best, the boldness of red hair makes it suitable for other intense colors. A rich tortoise, green, and cream usually go best with red hair. Colors to avoid might be any ashy and yellowy tones.
Black hair: Like red hair, this category seems pretty self-explanatory. As with black clothing, black hair is versatile, so any colorful glasses should look good. But black hair looks best with very saturated bright colors like sea and cranberry. Olive tortoise, malt, and cool blues are good choices for people with black hair. Diluted or ashy tones are the only colors people with black hair should watch out for.
Gray and White Hair: Clean and bright colors are prime choices for anyone with tones of gray and white hair. Colors like cadet and cherry are your best bet. You should avoid yellow and brown frames because they tend to have a dulling effect.
Styling colorful glasses is not the easiest task, and for a good reason; just like bright clothes are not easy to match, colorful glasses are the same. If you plan to style colorful glasses well, remember that the primary goal of colorful glasses is to stand out, and everything we’ve just discussed is key to achieving that goal. As long as you can capture the attention of your colorful glasses, then you will have successfully styled them.
We’ve gone through many marks on how to style colorful glasses, but remember that these are simply guidelines—not rules set in stone—so feel free to experiment and see what works.
Confidence: The Ultimate Accessory
While the color wheel, tone matching, and dynamic pairing are key to styling colorful glasses, the ultimate accessory that complements any look is confidence. Embracing the bold choice of colorful frames is a statement in itself, and wearing them with confidence can transform any outfit from ordinary to remarkable. Remember that the rules of fashion are guidelines, not limitations. Your unique flair and the way you carry yourself can make even the most unconventional color combinations work in your favor. So, regardless of the outfit, wear your colorful glasses with poise and self-assurance, and you’ll surely turn heads. After all, the most stylish aspect of any look is the confidence with which it’s worn.
Styling colorful glasses is not just about matching tones or following color theory; it’s an expression of your individuality and creativity. With the added insight of wearing your glasses with confidence as the ultimate accessory, you’re equipped to make any outfit shine. Whether you’re coordinating with your outfit’s accents or setting the tone with your frames as the focal point, remember that your confidence is the glue that brings the look together. Let your colorful glasses reflect your personality, and wear them with the assurance that they are the perfect complement to your unique style.