You may have heard of neutral colors in relation to interior decor, colors that are more reflective of elements found in nature. Neutrals are colors chosen for their ability to make elements blend in rather than stand out. In fashion, they allow the wearer to adopt a less edgy look to go about their activities without inviting unwanted attention.
Celebrities will deck themselves in sassy, glimmering designer outfits in bold colors to feed the clicking photographers in red carpet events. But when they want to melt into the crowd during a shopping run, they will hide in neutral colors.
Neutral eyeglasses also offer the ability to help you blend in but still look classy. But whether or not they will work for you will depend on your complexion and the color of your hair. You should select a neutral color that compliments your skin tone or brings out a subtle, tasteful contrast. Finding the right shade of eyewear is not as straightforward as it may seem. First, however, you need to follow an unspoken rule of thumb to pull off your neutral look.
To find out if neutral eyeglasses will work for you, you first need to know your skin undertone. Your skin undertone can either be warm, cool, or neutral. So how do you tell which natural skin tone you have? Here are some pointers:
- What color are the veins on the underside of your wrist? If they are green, then you likely have a warm skin tone. If they’re bluish or purple, you probably have a calm skin tone. Should you be unable to distinguish the color of your veins, you most likely fall in the neutral color group.
- The effect of the sun on your skin can also be a good indicator of your skin tone. Does your skin tan under intense sunlight, or do you get sunburn? If it’s the latter, you likely have a cool skin tone.
- Your eyes and hair colour will also give you a clear hint as to your skin undertone. Cool-toned people will tend to have naturally blonde hair and blue, green, or grey eyes. You likely fall in the warm undertone category if you have brown or hazel eyes and red, brown or black hair.
Knowing your skin undertone will help you work out which color of eyewear best complements your natural looks. If you have neutral or medium-toned skin, neutral eyewear will bring out the best of your looks. Fashion experts advise neutral color glasses if you want eyewear that will not detract from your natural beauty. For this reason, you might also want to try out rimless glasses. The absence of thick frames will let your high cheekbones and eye features become more visible.
Besides aesthetics, there are also health benefits to choosing neutral eyewear. For example, if you are out fishing on a hot day, glasses with a neutral tint will effectively keep out the glare. These glasses will help in the same way if you are out driving over long distances. In addition, grey-tinted glasses have anti-fatigue benefits to help you retain your concentration on the road.
Neutrals should form the basis of your day-to-day wardrobe for several reasons. Black, white, and grey tops and bottoms can be worn on a wide range of occasions—from business meetings to evenings out at the movies. Depending on the image you want to project for the day, you can pair your brown or beige pants with sneakers, boots, or heels.
Neutrals go well with each other; your grey jacket over black jeans will produce a conservative casual look that you can rock on your visit to the in-laws or a colleague’s birthday party. Neutral color tint sunglasses will complete this look while keeping your eyes safe from harmful UV rays.
It’s also a good idea to throw in a dash of vibrant color if the occasion allows. An orange scarf can break the monotony of an all-neutral combination. You can also achieve the effect with off-kilter accessories. A leopard print hat can add some interest to your outfit while keeping your look elegant. Animal print never goes out of style.
Adding a Dash of Understated Elegance
Your eyewear provides an excellent platform for you to enhance your look. You can play around with neutral lenses or frames to add some understated elegance to your outfit. Combining them with neutral or bold color clothing items can help you discover snazzy ways to express yourself.