How to Choose Eyeglass Frame Colors

by Jennifer Eblin ; Updated September 28, 2017

Shopping for eyeglasses sounds like an easy concept, until you consider choosing the right color for the frames. Eyeglasses come in nearly every color imaginable, including traditional colors like black, trendy colors like purple and frames that blend several colors together. To choose flattering frame colors, you need to look at your own coloring and other factors.

Determine whether your skin coloring falls into the warm or the cool tone. Those who are warm toned have golden or peach undertones in the skin and look best in gold, tortoise, brown and aqua frames. Those who are cool toned have pink, ruddy or blue undertones in the skin and look best in silver, black, blue, gray and purple frames.

Look for frame colors that compliment your hair color. Those with black, red hair, gray and light blond hair look best in lighter frames, such as light blue, pink, amber and gray. Those with brown, deep red and dark blond hair are better off choosing frames in the tan, brown, khaki, gold and copper families.

Eye color can also factor into your frame choice. Those with shades of blue in their eyes are generally cool toned, and those with shades of brown in their eyes are generally warm toned. You can go by the warm and cool tone suggestions listed above, or opt for a color that compliments your eye color, such as jade frames with light green eyes.

Find colors that match the clothes that you wear most often, or at least compliment those clothes. Red eyeglasses work well if your primary wardrobe is shades of black, gray and white, while black eyeglasses match most wardrobes. Lighter shades such as plum and pink work well with a pastel wardrobe.

A universal option is rimless glasses, which use a small strip of metal at the top and middle of the frames to hold the lenses in place and metal ear pieces. These work with all skin tones, and work well if you have a diverse wardrobe.


  • Try on as many pairs of glasses as possible, and try different shades. The only way to know what works best for your face and coloring is to try as many options as you can.

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About the Author

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.