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Message Board > Miscellaneous > I'm getting new glasses ... Gray hair and frame color? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 10/28/13 8:41 AM

I'm about to have cataract surgery and will still need reading glasses when the surgery is over. Since I bought my current glasses my hair has gone silver gray with just a bit of light brown still showing in some light. My eyes are light blue/gray and my skin is very fair. My hair is fairly short, very curly most of the time and I've been asked who does my hair color so there's no way I'm changing it. I dress casually with what passes for an artsy style in the suburbs where I live and I'm not in a position to get multiple colors of frames because I'll need prescription lenses.

The question: what color frames? If they're too light I'll look washed out and if they're too dark they'll dominate my face. They need to work with all my clothes too.

Suggestions?

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Date: 10/28/13 8:52 AM

What colors do you wear a lot of?? My last prescription frames are red. My hair is rapidily going silver grey also and I've been buying those drugstore reader glasses and absoluty love the turquoise and green pairs with my hair color. Do try those on for color and style. The lighting in the stores is usually horrible compared to the frame shops, so if they look good there, you've got a winner!

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Date: 10/28/13 9:05 AM

I too am gray with light skin. I have brown eyes, and wear casual clothing usually. My favorite glasses have blue/silver frames, then I have some black frames (narrow) which I love. My computer glasses are red. I think the rectangular shape I chose is just right for my face and the narrow frames add some fun color.

Frame shape is the most important concern IMO.

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Date: 10/28/13 10:27 AM

My Doc tells me that after the surgery I will only need readers that you can buy in the drug store. Based on that you could possibly have lots of glasses.

But I am not at the place where insurance will pay for it yet. I wonder how blind you must be to qualify as my vision is awful these days. My current glasses don't seem to cut it for reading. I am really happy that I have a tablet reader that enlarges the font because otherwise I would not be reading much these days. I am also thankful that my library is really beefing up their collection of E-books. Another benefit is that there is no driving involved with e-books as I live a long ways from my library. Technology is great, isn't it?

Good luck on your surgery. I hope I will qualify soon.

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Date: 10/28/13 10:32 AM

Hearing you describe your coloring, I would guess that frames with a little bit of a violet tint would be flattering. Like you said, not too light to wash you out, but not too dark as to look harsh.

I just ordered my first pair of prescription glasses. (Been using drugstore readers for a decade.) Ha, ha, they showed me the selection of frames in my price range, I picked up one, tried it on, and bought it. I guess I never even thought about what color or shape it should be, it just looked okay to me. But then, of course, I wasn't wearing vision correction when I tried it on so I might be in for a shock when I finally get them!

My problem is that I begged - no demanded - contacts because I hate fiddling with glasses. The optimetrist kept trying to talk me out of them with a lot of vague excuses like, "they won't be comfortable to wear for long periods of time" or "you have dry eyes" or "you'll still need glasses as a backup". Yeah, okay, but I WANT CONTACTS!!! He gave me a trial pair while waiting for the prescription. I've worn them 12 hours a day with no problems. WTH? Why the soft sell on contacts? I bought the glasses anyway, so he made his sale. I don't get it....

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Subject: Im getting new glasses ... Gray hair and frame color? Date: 10/28/13 11:52 AM

Try them on. Take pictures. Go home. Look at the pictures. Make a decision. Go back and buy the frames.

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Date: 10/28/13 12:27 PM

Burgundy! I just got a new pair of glasses and the woman in the store suggested that for me and I really like them. They aren't red and they aren't brown, something in between. Not to dark and not too light but just right!

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Date: 10/28/13 12:40 PM

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Try them on.

Yes -- this is the only sure-fire way. Everyone's coloring is a bit different. I ended up getting black frames a year and a half ago, when I got new glasses. I don't think I could have pulled off black frames several years ago, but now that my hair is so much greyer, it works. The assistant thought I should go with brown -- she didn't think much of the black. But to me the brown ones looked mousy with my coloring, and the black ones said "confidence." But this is a very personal judgment. If absolutely necessary, take someone along whose style sense you admire and who will be both honest and respectful. For some people, this is an adult daughter, or maybe a (kind) sister.

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I dress casually with what passes for an artsy style

ETA: Just noticed this. You also mention that your hair color gets compliments. I'm going to go out on a limb now and saying you probably don't need to take the daughter or sister or whoever. You will know once you've tried on the right glasses.

Also, as I'm sure you already know, it's the shape of the glasses as well as the color that gives the effect you're looking for.


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Date: 10/28/13 8:42 PM

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I'm about to have cataract surgery and will still need reading glasses when the surgery is over. Since I bought my current glasses my hair has gone silver gray with just a bit of light brown still showing in some light. My eyes are light blue/gray and my skin is very fair. My hair is fairly short, very curly most of the time and I've been asked who does my hair color so there's no way I'm changing it. I dress casually with what passes for an artsy style in the suburbs where I live and I'm not in a position to get multiple colors of frames because I'll need prescription lenses.



The question: what color frames? If they're too light I'll look washed out and if they're too dark they'll dominate my face. They need to work with all my clothes too.



Suggestions?

My mom has similar coloring, and she looks really good in her metal burgundy rimless glasses. I mean, they're not heavy plastic, so there's not much color there, but what color is there is flattering.

The other way to go is to pick the color that looks best on you -- surely you have some favorite wardrobe colors, right? -- and find frames in that color.
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Subject: Im getting new glasses ... Gray hair and frame color? Date: 10/29/13 6:20 AM

Thanks everybody! What I'm hearing is to go for a color that I like and wear (blues, gray, black, teal, some browns but not usually near my face). Definitely nothing too pale and I'll skip the tortoise shell types. Shape will be key but I've got that down pretty well. If I'm lucky costco will have a pair that I like. I've got astigmatism so I'm better off with prescription lenses. Luckily I can see well enough to tell what the glasses look like without needing the lenses, unlike some of my friends.

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