When it comes to men with red hair, there will obviously be a lot of crossovers as to ginger-haired women. However, there are slight differences in the shape of the frame.
Bear in mind that though you can never blanketly say what will 100% suit every single person of a particular colouring or gender, there are however certain styles and shapes that are far more likely to work for you than others.
Going against your browline with the topline of the frame can look incongruent. This style of frame choice is for the rule breakers! The extroverts! The “I’m wearing this bold frame, and I want you to know it!” people.
Frames that follow your browline are far more likely to complement you and offer the tailored, natural look you're after.
Remember warmer colours are more likely to suit than cooler colours and avoiding going to heavy in the frame is going to allow us to see your face and look more natural than when we go too chunky and dark with the frame selection.
I imagine if you're reading this, you’re looking for guidelines on what would suit you rather than rule-breaker suggestions. So, here are some tips for what styles of glasses or glasses frames tend to suit men with ginger hair:
The main difference between frames is how they sit on your nose. Some have nose-pads, some will have a key-hole bridge, and some have a “fixed bridge”. With nose-pads, you can be a little freer with your selection as you have the adjustability, but with a fixed bridge, it’s like choosing a pair of shoes; you have to choose the right size!
Look for no gaps between your nose and the frame’s bridge for the perfect fit. The frame will perch too much on the top because there is too much gap on the sides. Also, if there’s too much gap above the nose towards the bridge, the frame will rub on the sides. Getting this fit right is important if you want a comfortable frame going forward, as no adjustment is possible on a fixed bridge frame.
So in a modern world of what I call “zoomwear”, where people may only see us from the shoulders up, having the right pair of glasses for ginger hair has never been more important for first impressions and personal branding.
Now, without performing a structured colour analysis, I can’t tell you precisely what season of colours will definitely work for you. I can only guess that warmer tones could complement you.
In terms of materials, an earthy wood would look lovely and really natural. For coloured acetates, and greens, you can try them when you’re out shopping or try a few shades of the same colour t-shirt on, and notice which ones make you feel happiest and full of life, and which are more draining and not doing anything for you. Try a cooler, icier yellow and a darker, more mustard yellow; it’ll give you an insight into where to take things.
Regarding shapes, what will compliment you most comes down to your face shape AND your personality.
What I would suggest is, if you’re looking to go understated, avoid going too heavy and dark in the colour of the frame. Especially with a paler skin tone, the darker the frame is, the more contrast there will be against your skin, and therefore, the bolder it will be. For the frame to be as natural and understated as possible, go for a frame with some translucence and a bit of warmth. (Too translucent will wash you out and drain you!)
If you want to go bold, I will veer on the brown side rather than the black or grey, which may be too heavy, cold, and overpowering. khakis can sit well too - Green always pops well against ginger hair.
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