Choosing glasses for your hair colour

You might never have given it much thought, but along with your face shape and skin tone, your hair colour plays quite an important role when choosing glasses. Have a look through our guide on some of the best colours to look out for (or avoid) to really complement and enhance your look.

Glasses for red hair

Reflect the natural warmth of your natural colouring with reddish browns, greens, golds, coppers, tortoiseshells and warm neutral colours, like cream. Cooler tones of red hair will pair well with blues, greens and black.

We’d recommend steering clear of yellow or ashy tones that will have a dulling effect on your hair.

Or to play to the vibrancy of your hair colour, you can get away with being a little for adventurous with bold colours and styles.

Glasses for blonde hair

If you’re a warm blonde with accents of honey and bronze tones, you’ll look great in a lighter tortoiseshell and warm shades like amber, peach, red, pinks, darker greens, and gold metals to mimic your natural colouring.

If you have cool, ashy and platinum undertones go for darker tortoiseshell, grey, as well as experimenting with pastel pinks, purples and blues that will complement your hair colour without overwhelming your face. Avoid very dark, heavy styles and colours with icy tones that can wash you out. Cool blondes should steer clear of yellow or gold tones that will clash with the coolness

Glasses for light brown hair

Tortoiseshell glasses will also look great on brunettes, helping to bring out the rich hues and lighter tones in your hair.

Bronze and other warm-coloured metals will complement any warmer, red tones as well as well as reds, greens, burgundy, purple and rich brown.

Brown hair with more ashy, cool tones will suit black, blues, purples and pinks and even more pastel colours.

Glasses for dark brown hair

Go for light-coloured metal frames in silver, gold or bronze, as well as black or dark tortoiseshell. More earthy tones of greens, reds and golds will look great on warmer tones. But you should avoid pastels or heavy, very dark styles.

Glasses for grey hair

Light grey hair will give you the freedom to try more bright and bold colours. Opt for rich, deep shades like red, brown, navy, blue, purple and tortoiseshell. Metal styles also look great, as well as neutral colours like white, black and grey. Try to steer away from yellow, gold, beige or brown tones that can clash or have a dulling effect.

If you have dark grey hair you can be adventurous as you like – so have some fun and go for bright coloured frames in metal or plastic. Avoid any frames that are too dark and heavy.

Glasses for black hair

Black hair means you’ll look great in any metallics or dark colours, like black, gunmetal, tortoiseshell, blue and dark green – especially in frames that have a simple shape.

Depending on your skin tone, bright and saturated colours like reds, blues and purples will certainly make a statement, while pale and ashy colours may appear washed out against your dark hair.

Choosing glasses to suit your hairstyle

There’s a huge range of hairstyles out there, from quirky pixie cuts to long, luscious locks and everything in between. Once you’ve sorted the right cut for your face shape and personality, you can see which glasses best suit your hairstyle.Remember to take your favourite glasses with you to the hairdresser when deciding on your haircut so that you can work to complement both.

Glasses for short hair

  • Smaller glasses will look good with short or medium length hair – just make sure they’re not too small for your face
  • If you have a fringe, go for something a little bit more understated
  • Very short styles and pixie cuts require a bit of balance with your glasses – sometimes oversized frames will overwhelm your face and detract from your new short hairdo
  • Try thick or statement glasses to balance short styles, alternatively go for a feminine finish with details and decorations
  • If you’re looking for a retro look to your bob, go for a cat-eye shape.

Glasses for long hair

  • Oversized or large glasses will look great with longer hair (depending on your face shape)
  • If you have straight hair, play on the geek chic look with bold, wide-rimmed glasses.
  • If you’re all about the curls then statement glasses are the way to go. Add a cat-eye shape to draw attention to your temples and then the eye down your tumbling curls.
  • If your look is a bit more carefree then go for retro looks and softer lens shapes

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