Finding the Right Glasses Through Color Analysis

By Elise Snedden

image of women with characteristics from each color season

Have you ever noticed that you get compliments every time you wear a certain color? Based on our unique combination of hair, eye, and skin color, incorporating certain colors into our daily looks will make our natural features truly stand out.

But how do you know what the right colors are? The short answer is seasonal color analysis. What is it and how can we apply it you ask?

In this article we’ll do a deep dive into what exactly color analysis is and how to use it to our advantage.

What is seasonal color analysis?

Seasonal color analysis is a tool that you can use to find what colors suit you best based on your natural features like eye, hair and skin color.

Depending on your unique natural color combination, you will fall into a seasonal category; spring, summer, autumn, or winter. Each season has three variations, each with its own color palette.

By going through the color analysis process, you can determine your season, and have a personal color palette that, when incorporated into your outfits, will make you look and feel your best. 

Your guide to using seasonal color analysis to find your perfect pair of frames

By understanding your particular color season, finding accessories that enhance your natural features is made easy.

Let’s go through the steps together to find the right pair of glasses in your color season to make your eyes pop!

Step 1: Understanding the color seasons

There are four color seasons – spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Each season has its own set of colors that complement different undertones and complexions.

Before choosing your next pair of glasses, familiarize yourself with the color palettes of each season:

  • Spring: go for brighter colors with warm undertones
  • Summer: cool muted shades – think of the beach and the ocean
  • Autumn: warm earthy tones – typical fall colors
  • Winter: go bold with higher contrast and deep, cool colors

Step 2: Finding your season

To find which season resonates the most with you, here are a few easy at-home tests that you can do.

1. Examine your eyes and hair – your natural hair and eye color can easily point you in the right direction. 

Having a cool-toned eye color like blue, green, or gray could be a sign that you fall under a cool season (summer or winter).

Warm-toned eyes like hazel and brown could indicate that a warm season (spring or autumn) would be a better fit. 

Similarly, hair colors with warm undertones like golden blonde, light brunette, and auburn would resonate best with spring and autumn, whereas cooler-toned hair like platinum blonde, deep brunette, and black would align better with summer and winter.

2. Vein and jewelry test – examining your veins and seeing how different jewelry metal tones look on your skin can help to indicate your season.

First, let’s look at your veins. If your veins look blue, then you might resonate with a cool season like Summer or Winter. If your veins are closer to green, you might resonate better with warm seasons like spring or autumn.

Now, if available to you, test some different jewelry metal tones to see which color best complements your skin color.

As rose gold enhances any skin tone, try testing both silver and gold separately to see which one makes your skin look more dull versus bright and glowy.

If silver seems to better enhance your features, you might be a cool season, but if gold is more flattering, you’re likely a warm season! This can be useful for choosing metal frames.

3. Color draping – mess with draping different colored fabrics around your neck to see which colors enhance your features and make you glow. 

Similar to the jewelry test, cool-toned fabrics that appear to enhance your features would indicate that you’re a cool season, but warm-toned fabrics would point towards a warm season.

Step 3: Choosing frames that align

Once you’ve uncovered what you think your color season is, it’s time to find a pair of eyewear frames that complements your personal color palette!

At SmartBuyGlasses, we have over 30,000 styles and 300 brands to choose from. If you’re having trouble deciding, to help narrow down your search, read more about the color seasons and their variations below:

Spring season color palette

spring season color palette

Light spring

  • Hair: golden blonde, strawberry blonde, or golden brown
  • Skin: fair skin with pink or peach undertones
  • Eyes: blue, green, hazel, or light brown

Having a light overall appearance, glasses that will best compliment your features will be colors like light neutrals and pastels.

Clear spring

  • Hair: golden light to dark brown
  • Skin: ivory to golden brown with pink undertone
  • Eyes: green, blue, or light brown

For clear spring, opt for eyeglass frames that are high in contrast like black or dark gray, or, if you’re feeling bold and daring, try true colors like yellow, green, or blue. 

Warm spring

  • Hair: strawberry blonde, copper auburn, or light to dark golden brown
  • Skin: warm beige, slightly bronzed
  • Eyes: green, blue, hazel, or light brown

The best color glasses frames for this variation vary from neutral browns to warmer bright colors like yellow, orange and pink.

Summer season color palette

summer season color palette

Light summer

  • Hair: light to medium ashy blonde
  • Skin: light skin tone with a pink tone
  • Eyes: blue or green

The best frame colors for this summer variation are lighter colors as they will perfectly compliment your light overall appearance – try looking into trending gray frames.

Soft summer

  • Hair: medium to dark ashy brown
  • Skin: medium beige to dark brown with neutral undertones
  • Eyes: gray, blue, or hazel

Soft seasons typically have neutral undertones making it possible to wear both warm and cool toned colors. For this variation, seek out colored frames that are less intense like light yellow, blue, or gray.

Cool summer

  • Hair: medium to dark ashy brown 
  • Skin: medium beige to dark brown with cool undertones
  • Eyes: blue or gray

For cool summer, the most flattering colors are high in contrast with your complexion. Go for frames with darker shades like deep blues and purples.

Autumn season color palette

autumn season color palette

Soft autumn

  • Hair: blonde to medium brown or red hair with 
  • Skin: ivory, olive, or medium brown with warm undertones
  • Eyes: green, hazel, or light brown

Similar to soft summer, you most likely have very neutral undertones. The most flattering frame color would have lighter and muted warm shades.

Warm autumn

  • Hair: medium to dark golden brown or warm auburn
  • Skin: ivory, olive, or medium brown with warm undertones
  • Eyes: green, hazel, or light brown

If this variation seems to suit your appearance, the best colors for this variation are muted earthy tones and darker neutral brown glasses.

Deep autumn

  • Hair: medium to dark brown with a golden shine
  • Skin: ivory, olive, or medium to dark brown with warm undertones
  • Eyes: dark blue, deep green, hazel, dark brown, or brown-black

For this variation, go for the deepest shades of the autumn color palette like black, dark gray, or dark brown.

Winter season color palette

winter season color palette

Cool winter

  • Hair: ashy blonde, light or dark ashy brown hair, or black with blue undertones
  • Skin: olive or cool blue undertones
  • Eyes: light brown, blue, or gray

Just like cool summer, the most flattering colors are high in contrast with your hair color and complexion. Go for colorful frames with darker shades like deep blues and purples, but avoid warm colors.

Clear winter

  • Hair: medium to dark brown or black
  • Skin: olive or cool blue undertones
  • Eyes: bright green or blue

Similar to clear spring, the best colors for your glasses would be true colors like red, green, or blue, but you can also opt for a more neutral gray or black.

Deep winter

  • Hair: medium to dark brown or black
  • Skin: olive or cool blue undertones
  • Eyes: dark brown or black

With dark eyes and dark hair, look out for bold oversized frames in the deepest shades in the winter color palette like black, gray, and navy blue. 

Once you have determined your color season, finding frames that match your facial features is simple!

You can even use our Virtual Try-On tool to see what the frames look like, no matter what color season variation you might fall into.

In the end, of course, these are just guidelines to help select your glasses, so take our suggestions lightly.

Whether you choose colorful glasses frames or glasses with a neutral color, just remember the most important thing is that you feel the most confident in any glasses you wear!

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