“Frame Friday” Roundup: Show Your True Colors (& Daylight Savings)

It’s no secret. Most of us don’t really yearn to spring forward in the same way we love the extra hour of sleep from “falling back” (into our beds). The right glasses can help you put a positive spin on the seasonal silliness. It’s just a matter of figuring out the right range of glasses colors for your skin tone, eyes, and hair color.

Finding the right frames for you starts with identifying your skin’s hue. Skin tone (and hair and eyes) is either warm or cool. The best way to identify you skin’s hue is to take a clean piece of plain white paper out on a sunny day. Lay your hand on the paper, palm up, and examine the veins on the inside of your wrist. Clearly blue veins indicate a cool hue, while a greenish tint suggests your skin tone is warm.

Think of the pigment color spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The colors from red to yellow are warm, and from green to violet/purple are cool. Basically reds are warm and blues are cool. Yellowish-green straddles the divide, as does reddish-purple.

Your glasses color should compliment your skin tone. Warm skin, warm glasses color. But there’s a huge range within the right tone. Consider the tone of your hair and eye color to help you narrow down your options. From there it’s up to you and your tastes.

The darkness and depth of your skin tone also affects the best glasses color for you. For lighter skin, brighter or lighter shades of the same color might be better, while for deeper skin tones, you might opt for a deeper color. Think a lighter blue compared to a much deeper, dark royal blue, for example.

If you’re still confused, there are a few quick rules to help you approximate. Yellower skin tones are warm – think amber or peaches and cream skin. Bluer ¬†and sometimes pinker skin tones are cool. Olive skin is an example of this. Or just take a bunch of glasses or pieces of clothing at a store or from your home and hold them up to your skin in the sun. The tones that match your skin are obvious with this test.

Of course, some people buck these traditions to good effect. But this is difficult. Tread carefully if you want your glasses to compliment your skin tone and help you when when you’re pulling a long face because you lost an hour of sleep to daylight savings.