We decided to take on that challenge and put together an outfit based around Zenni’s classic, tortoiseshell frame glasses, incorporating some other stylish but simple silhouettes (a trench and a simple ruffled dress) in neutral colors (dark blue and cream). To jazz things up, we added a striking gold cuff and a fabulous orange tote bag. This is a great transition outfit: Cream and blue are completely appropriate for late winter/early spring, while the splashes of orange and gold remind us that sunnier days are on their way.
We started with this classic pair of tortoiseshell frame glasses from Zenni. Tortoiseshell goes well with most hair and eye colors, is great with a whole range of outfit colors, plus it flatters most skin tones. The darker hues of tortoiseshell add depth to a look and tie in other darker detailing that you might have on your coat, shoes or belt. The lighter colors can also pick up brighter elements, like a pop of color or the metallic shine of jewelry.
With that in mind, we set about creating our look! Here’s the lowdown on each of the pieces:
Monday, March, 10 2014 by Lainie Petersen
It’s no secret. Most of us don’t really yearn to spring forward in the same way we love the extra hour of sleep from “falling back” (into our beds). The right glasses can help you put a positive spin on the seasonal silliness. It’s just a matter of figuring out the right range of glasses colors for your skin tone, eyes, and hair color.
Finding the right frames for you starts with identifying your skin’s hue. Skin tone (and hair and eyes) is either warm or cool. The best way to identify you skin’s hue is to take a clean piece of plain white paper out on a sunny day. Lay your hand on the paper, palm up, and examine the veins on the inside of your wrist. Clearly blue veins indicate a cool hue, while a greenish tint suggests your skin tone is warm.
Think of the pigment color spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The colors from red to yellow are warm, and from green to violet/purple are cool. Basically reds are warm and blues are cool. Yellowish-green straddles the divide, as does reddish-purple.
Your glasses color should compliment your skin tone. Warm skin, warm glasses color. But there’s a huge range within the right tone. Consider the tone of your hair and eye color to help you narrow down your options. From there it’s up to you and your tastes.
The darkness and depth of your skin tone also affects the best glasses color for you. For lighter skin, brighter or lighter shades of the same color might be better, while for deeper skin tones, you might opt for a deeper color. Think a lighter blue compared to a much deeper, dark royal blue, for example.
If you’re still confused, there are a few quick rules to help you approximate. Yellower skin tones are warm – think amber or peaches and cream skin. Bluer and sometimes pinker skin tones are cool. Olive skin is an example of this. Or just take a bunch of glasses or pieces of clothing at a store or from your home and hold them up to your skin in the sun. The tones that match your skin are obvious with this test.
Of course, some people buck these traditions to good effect. But this is difficult. Tread carefully if you want your glasses to compliment your skin tone and help you when when you’re pulling a long face because you lost an hour of sleep to daylight savings.
Friday, March, 7 2014 by Dave Schreiner
We recently had a look at Glamour’s top “wearable fashions” for spring 2014 and were totally bowled over by some of the ultra-cute trends for this season. What’s particularly exiting are some of the unique ways that designers used color: Unexpected stripes, contrasting collars and even bomber jackets in decidedly girly shades. This made it a snap to find great frames to go with these looks.
Want to stay on trend this season? Check out how Zennis can complete your look with these ideas:
Cool pastels are hot this spring, so get yourself some new frames to complete your look!
There are three ways you can coordinate your glasses to beautiful spring pastels:
- Keep things light: Choose matching or complimentary light colored frames that will give you an all-over spring look.
- Go deep: If you want to draw attention to your pretty face, choose frames in a deep shade of your outfit’s color family. For maximum impact, wear jewelry in the same shade.
- Modern Metallics: For a super-modern look, choose metallic frames in a complimentary pastel color.
Contrast Collar Button Down Shirts
This is a totally fun trend that requires a little forethought when it comes to accessorizing.
Here are two things to think about when selecting Zenni’s to go with your contrast collar blouse:
- Grab a pair of frames that match the collar.
Or. . .
- Find a pair of multi-color frames that pick up both the collar color as well as that of the rest of the shirt.
What you don’t want to do is add more colors to the mix (i.e. don’t wear green frames with a blue shirt that has a yellow collar), that’s distracting. Stay consistent.
Bomber Jackets in Fun Colors and Spring Sweaters
The Glamour article showed some incredible bomber jackets in decidedly feminine hues along with fun spring sweaters that can take you comfortably from cooler mornings into warm afternoons. While I could recommend doing the matching/contrasting color thing with your frames, I’m instead going to recommend that you pick up a pair classic aviators to go with your jacket and/or sweater. Too much color and wackiness is distracting and if you are going to invest in multi-colored jackets and sweaters, you want all the attention on these pieces, not your eyeglass frames.
Athletic Stripe Trousers
Now here’s a concept: Trousers with sporty side stripes, a look borrowed from athletic wear. Choose a sporty frame in a solid color that matches the stripe.
Thursday, March, 6 2014 by Lainie Petersen
Steve Mc Queen, the director of Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, stuck with the same pair of black horn-rim glasses he wore at the Golden Globes. This frame, similar to Zenni’s frame 236021, is notable for its round shape and thick bridge over the nose.
Jonah Hill of The Wolf of Wall Street lost Best Supporting Actor to Jared Leto of Dallas Buyers Club, but the round tortoiseshell glasses worn by his character in the movie are a retro ’80s winner. Check out Zenni’s similar frame 286325.
Bruce Dern, with his actress daughter, Laura, looks to be wearing rimless photochromic glasses, since the tint on his glasses disappeared when he was in the Dolby Theatre. Check out Zenni’s similar frame 420612.
Dern’s co-star June Squibb, who played his wife, is elegant in her understated gold full-rim glasses, similar to Zenni’s frame 529111.
Julius Tennon, the actor husband of two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, appears with his wife on the award show’s red carpet in an awesome pair of full-rim sunglasses, similar to Zenni’s frame 224921.
Jim Carrey performed an eyeglasses-based comedy bit that demonstrated how important it is to have a good pair of reading glasses. He came out specs-less to introduce the nominees for Best Animated Film, but “misread” his cue card, saying that the “special kind of magic” that allows one to see genies, ogres, and penguins was provided by “LSD,” until he put on this cool pair of black horn-rims, which enabled him to see that it actually said “animation”. Check out Zenni’s similar frame 366621.
Tuesday, March, 4 2014 by Matthew Surrence
Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter on February 2, and so far the horrible weather may have proven him right. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start looking ahead to spring with these thrilling glasses from Zenni’s spring collection.
There are at least three reasons why these spring glasses are a great idea even if you’re staring at sub-zero temperatures and over a foot of snow outside.
First, it’s all mental. Warm, shiny colors and new trends that you get to wear and enjoy every day boost the mood and help you feel more energetic and happy. What’s not to love about a little lens-based pick-me-up when you’re deep in the doldrums of winter?
Second, it’s never too early to start prepping for warmer weather. Get a jump on spring fashion and accessories to get motivated and do a little early spring cleaning. Dig through your wardrobe for anything other than your same grey coat. And you might just have some fun thinking about your spring plans.
Speaking of spring plans, spring break is coming. Not juts a holiday for students and teachers, spring break season is the unofficial period from March to late April during which everybody wants to hop on a plane or into a car and high-tail it for points south.
Know where your new frames will fit right in? Yep, the beaches of Florida over spring break.
So don’t let a groundhog from Pennsylvania who groggily ambled toward the paper on the shadow-side, nor the single digit temperatures of late February get you down. Spring is (almost) in the air and these glasses are here to prove it.
Friday, February, 28 2014 by Dave Schreiner
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