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Perfect Frames: What’s the Best Color Glasses for Gray Hair?

Perfect Frames: What’s the Best Color Glasses for Gray Hair?

To make the most of your gray hair, take the time to find flattering glasses that will make your hair pop! Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect eyeglasses for gray hair!
Best Color Glasses For Gray Hair
Best Color Glasses For Gray Hair
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Summary & Highlights

While choosing the right eyeglass frame color is a matter of preference, there are some general suggestions. You should match the frame color to your skin tone and choose a color that brings attention to your eyes and face.

Don’t be afraid of bold colors.

When in doubt, the best glasses to wear with gray hair are tortoise shell frames with flecks of color because they offer a wide range of options from simple to bold, and they coordinate with all shades of gray hair.

While many men and women choose to dye their hair when they grow older, there are plenty of great reasons to embrace gray hair!

Even though people associate salt and pepper hair with old age, gray hair can soften your facial features, giving you a more youthful appearance.

Tip 1: Got Gray Hair? Stay Away from Rimless Frames 

It can be intimidating to find the right pair of glasses. Having so many options can be overwhelming, which is why many men and women opt for basic rimless glasses. Unfortunately, this bare-bones style doesn’t tend to be flattering, especially on seniors. 

Rimless frames don’t do anything to enhance your appearance, and they can actually make you look a lot older than you are. It may take time to find the best options, but you’ll feel more confident if you look for thicker frames with some color. 

Tip 2: Take a Look at Your Skin Undertones

No matter what color your frames are, you’ll want to wear something in a shade that flatters your skin tone. To find the most flattering colors, you’ll want to determine if your skin has cool, warm, or neutral undertones. 

The easiest way to determine your undertones is to look at the color of the veins on your wrist. You likely have cool undertones if your veins are primarily blue and purple. Mostly green veins mean you have warm undertones. You may have neutral undertones if you mix blue, purple, and green veins. 

Once you know what your undertones are, you’ll be able to find glasses in shades that make your skin glow. Gold tends to be a very flattering color on warm skin, while silver looks fantastic on people with cooler skin tones. Muted shades, like mauve and champagne, are some of the most flattering colors for those with neutral undertones.  

Matching the color to your skin tones can be a great way to keep from looking washed out with gray hair.

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If you are going for a youthful appearance, avoid rimless eyeglass frames. They have the opposite effect.

Tip 3: Be Willing to Try Bold Colors

In many ways, gray hair can be freeing. No need to worry about costly and time-consuming color treatments. You can experiment with color without worrying about it clashing with your hair. Now is the perfect time in your life to choose bold-colored glasses that will really make a statement. 

If you wear a lot of black and white, a pair of bright red frames could bring your outfits to life. If you wear a lot of browns, you could try wearing emerald green glasses. There’s no reason to be afraid of color. Now that you have gray hair, you can add color to your looks in other ways. 

Tip 4: Choose the Best Color for Your Eyes 

If you usually like to wear eye makeup, keep your favorite eyeshadow shades in mind when selecting frames. The same shadow shades that make your eyes sparkle will be great colors for your next pair of frames. 

Shades of green and gold team beautifully with brown eyes. While blues can make blue eyes pop, you can also get great results from neutral colors like brown. Hazel eyes look amazing against shades of violet, as do green eyes. Instead of playing around with eyeshadow, try out different frame colors to see what you like with your eyes. 

Tip 5: Look for Quirky Blue Glasses or Frames With Specks of Red 

Bright red glasses definitely aren’t something that everyone can pull off. If you love how red – or a similar color – looks on you, but you want to wear frames that are a little less dramatic, you may want to try wearing glasses that feature specks of that color. 

These specks of color can make an otherwise drab pair of frames feel more vibrant. They can also add a lot of visual interest to your frames. People may not notice the specks of color at first glance, but they’ll see them if they look closer. 

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Because gray hair is generally neutral, don’t be afraid to experiment with color to draw attention away from your hair and onto your face.

Tip 6: Neutral Navy Glasses Are Always a Great Choice

Blue doesn’t have to be a standout color! Navy is considered to be neutral, and it’s a shade that many people wear daily. If you love how that blue looks on you and you’re looking for a neutral glasses frame color, navy frames should be perfect. 

If you really want your glasses to stand out, you can look for a brighter shade of navy blue glasses frames. However, you can also find navy glasses that look black at first glance. This is one of the easiest ways to include blue glasses in your wardrobe. 

Tip 7: Try Tortoise Shell Glasses for Multiple Gray Hair Options

If bright-colored glasses aren’t your thing, but you’re looking for something other than a pair of neutral-toned frames, you may want to look at tortoise shells. While black can be harsh on some skin tones, a neutral tortoise glasses frame is softer and tends to be very flattering on most people. 

The flecks of color in tortoise shell frames can help to bring out the color of your eyes. While tortoiseshell frames are relatively neutral, they can also serve as a statement piece. Because tortoiseshell glasses have been in style for decades, you won’t have to worry about your new frames falling out of fashion. 

Tip 8: Don’t Limit Yourself To One Pair of Eyeglasses

Blue, yellow, or even pink frames might not go with every outfit in your wardrobe. Thankfully, there’s no reason to stick to just one pair of frames. There are plenty of affordable places to buy prescription glasses. Because of that, you can wear various frames and try out different looks. 

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Matching your frames to your outfit can make you look and feel more put together. Wearing a range of frames will allow you to experiment with different shapes. You can try round glasses, cat eye frames, and other looks without committing to one style.

Don’t forget to elevate your reading glasses frames too!

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14 thoughts on “Perfect Frames: What’s the Best Color Glasses for Gray Hair?”


    I have bags under my eyes, so I need narrow frames to hide these pesky problems.I would like to try a different color.My eyes are brown, and I do wear eye makeup

  2. Know better

    I really think what youre saying is bogus. Glasses ARE NOT MEANT to be a fashion statement they are meant to give you better vision. So tired of seeing people wearing colored frames kids wearing frames way to large for them etc etc. Been wearing glasses since the 3rd grade. People wake up they are trying to make you think they are a fashion statement they are not. Don’t listen to the bs. Pick something that fits good and something you feel when you try them on makes you smile not any of this bs that this article says.

    • Scott Grant

      That’s a strong opinion. There is nothing wrong with looking good while having better vision. Unfortunately, judgmental people are the reason that others feel self-confident wearing corrective lenses in the first place. That’s the beauty of a free society – everyone has a right to their own options and choices.

    • Marcamp

      Wow! You sound resentful. Glasses are both for fashion and to correct your vision. Let people be who they want to be and chill, will you.

      • I totally agree! Lots of people order glasses without any RX just for a fashion statement! I have tons of cute glasses from Zenni and have never paid more than $20! I would just steer away from buying glasses from the doctor’s office or a retail place cause the markup is horrendous!

    • Val Hollylee

      Wow! Just…!

  3. Gayle A

    Scott Grant – Amen

  4. Phyllis Houghton

    All this is matter of choice. Yes first and foremost glasses are for seeing they are a necessity! But the colour, shape,size is all a matter of choice. Only the person wearing them can make that. The suggestions are good advice. Don’t ask anyone which is better,you will probably end up disliking their choice!.

  5. Sue K3lly

    Have had so much fun and positive comments since wearing more colourful and funky glasses! There is no ‘right way’ for everyone….if you don’t want to wear colour….then Don,t! But stop the dis-sing of others making differ3nt…oft3n braver decisions….no harm in having both form and function!

  6. Nancy

    I’ve been wearing glasses since 3rd grade as well. I always hated that I had to wear them. So I’m very happy they have now become a fashion statement. I enjoy picking out new frames that brighten up my face.

  7. Sharon

    How about orange frames ? My eyes are blue

  8. Anne

    How about orange frames. my hair is salt & pepper on top & white on the sides. How about orange frames, I wear lots of oranges. My eyes are blue

  9. Jennifer

    Wear what makes you feel good, comfortable, and happy. I have more than 30 pair since 1973, then in 1988 I began buying 2 pair a year, I enjoy wearing different ones with my clothing choices. I donated my old pairs after choosing to change with the styles. From 2013 I went
    into bold color frames. Love it! Boring with one style and color. ????????????????????Wear whatever makes you feel alive and happy.

  10. Linda C.

    Yikes- a couple of really rude comments. Really, who cares what someone else wears as long as the person wearing the glasses feels good about them. No need for judgement-

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