What Is The Best Color Glasses for Gray Hair? [8 Tips to Consider]

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If you want to make the most of your gray hair, you'll want to take the time to find flattering glasses that will make your hair pop! If you're hoping to find the best color glasses for gray hair, here are a few tips you'll want to keep in mind. 

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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 tend to associate salt and pepper hair with old age, gray hair can actually soften your facial features, giving you a more youthful appearance.

The Nitty-Gritty

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. Finally, tortoise shell with flecks of color are always a great choice.

Tip 1: 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 wind up opting 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 that have some color to them. 

Tip 2: Take a Look at Your Skin’s 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. If your veins are mostly blue and purple, it’s likely that you have cool undertones. Mostly green veins mean you have warm undertones. If you have a mix of blue, purple, and green veins, it’s possible that you have neutral undertones. 

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 people with 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.

senior couple wearing rimless glasses
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. Not only do you not have to worry about costly and time-consuming color treatments, but you can experiment with color without having to worry 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 brown, 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 normally like to wear eye makeup, you should keep your favorite eyeshadow shades in mind when you’re 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 pair 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 Glasses With Specks of Red 

Bright red glasses definitely aren’t something that everyone can pull off. If you love the way 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 take a closer look. 

senior woman with red eyeglasses
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: Stay Neutral with Navy 

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

If you really want your glasses to stand out, you can look for a brighter shade of navy. 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 

If bright-colored glasses aren’t quite your thing, but you’re looking for something other than a pair of neutral-toned frames, you may want to take a look at tortoise shell. While black can be harsh on some skin tones, tortoiseshell 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 fairly neutral, they can also serve as a statement piece. Best of all, 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 

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, and because of that, you can wear a variety of frames and try out different looks. 

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

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Assistive Technology Professional

Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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