Curating Your Autumnal Glasses Color Palette? Here's What You Need to Know!

As a New Yorker, I’ve had to turn over my closet at least twice a year for as long as I can remember. At the end of winter I’d pack away my cold weather cloths and bring out my Spring/Summer clothes. In a few weeks we’ll have to do the same with our warm weather clothes; pack them away and bring out the long sleeved tops, and closed toe shoes (I shudder at the thought!).

In changing wardrobes you also tend to change color palettes.

If you live in a one climate region such as the southern states of the US, your color palette might not change much because you're mostly in warm weather.  When I think warm weather, I think lighter, brighter colors. I call this a static color palette. Likewise, if you live in northern states of the US, which experience four seasons, you may change your color palette according to the time of year. I call this a dynamic color palette.

As a New Yorker, black is a mainstay all year long, it's classic, slimming, and easy to accessorize. However, Autumn is traditionally the season for rich colors and textures. When I think of autumn I think crimson reds, pumpkin oranges, deep  greens, and dark blues.

You might be thinking, should I have a pair of glasses for every season? To which I'd reply; If you change your wardrobe according to the season why not change the glasses you wear with your seasonal wardrobe? You may be covered by coats, jackets, and scarves, but your face and glasses are still visible. Why not be framed and fabulous!

Colors can be categorized by temperature; warm and cool colors.

Warm colors include reds, oranges, and yellows. These colors suggest action and energy. Interestingly enough these colors are used often in the food industry to stir up your appetite. In the realm of glasses and sunglasses, warm colors can brighten your complexion, give a pop of color, or make a bold statement.

Cool colors such as blues, greens, and violets suggest calm, peace and serenity. In nature, you find the pretties blues at the beach looking down at the water or up at the sky. Greens and violets are abundant if you take a walk through the woods in the Spring. Depending on the shade of cool colors used, they add subtlety, nuance and freshness to a pair of glasses or sunglasses.

In thinking about which color palettes you'd like to use in your glasses this Fall the most important things to consider are :

  • skin tone/undertone
  • prevalent colors in your wardrobe
  • prevalent colors in your accessories

Think about which color clothing you wear most often in autumn? What's in your closet? If you tend to wear more light, bright colors, then extend your color palette in to your glasses.

If you wear accessories, which colors do you tend to wear most of the time? If you wear metal jewelry, is it mostly gold, silver, or platinum? Being aware of what you already like will guide you. Your choice of glasses should complement your wardrobe. This doesn't mean your glasses have to be the same color as your glasses. Having a color palette means the ensemble of colors your using pair well and complement each other.

For more content on the subject of Color Theory and eyewear, check out my video series on YouTube. 

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