Finding the Right Glasses Through Colour Analysis

By Elise Snedden

image of women with characteristics from each colour season

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

But how do you know what the right colours are?

The short answer is seasonal colour analysis. What is it and how can we apply it you ask? 

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

What is seasonal colour analysis?

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

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

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

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

By understanding your particular colour 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 colour season to make your eyes pop!

Step 1: Understanding the colour seasons

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

Before choosing your next pair of glasses, familiarise yourself with the colour palettes of each season:

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

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 colour can easily point you in the right direction. 

Having a cool-toned eye colour like blue, green or grey 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 colours 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 jewellery test – examining your veins and seeing how different jewellery 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 jewellery metal tones to see which colour best complements your skin colour. 

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. Colour draping – mess with draping different coloured fabrics around your neck to see which colours enhance your features and make you glow. 

Similar to the jewellery 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 colour season is, it’s time to find a pair of eyewear frames that complements your personal colour palette! 

At Vision Direct, 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 colour seasons and their variations below:

Spring season colour palette

spring season colour 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

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 grey, or, if you’re feeling bold and daring, try true colours 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 colour glasses frames for this variation vary from neutral browns to warmer bright colours like yellow, orange and pink.

Summer season colour palette

summer season colour palette

Light summer

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

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

Soft summer

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

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

Cool summer

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

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

Autumn season colour palette

autumn season colour 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 colour 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 colours 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 colour palette like black, dark grey or dark brown.

Winter season colour palette

winter season colour 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 grey

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

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 colours for your glasses would be true colours like red, green or blue, but you can also opt for a more neutral grey 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 colour palette like black, grey and navy blue. 

Once you have determined your colour 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 colour 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 colourful glasses frames or glasses with a neutral colour, just remember the most important thing is that you feel the most confident in any glasses you wear!

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