“Frame Friday” Roundup: Show Your True Colors (& Daylight Savings)

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

The Most “Wearable” Fashions from Spring and the Zennis that Complement Them

Spring Fashion | Zenni Optical
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:


Pastels Woman wearing pastel color dress | Zenni

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

Woman in a fun colorful sweater | ZenniThe 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

Celebrities Rock Their Glasses At The Academy Awards

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

“Frame Friday” Roundup: Half Way to Spring

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

Why Women Need at Least 4 Pairs of Glasses

Most women don’t own just one pair of earrings or one purse. Instead, we usually own several of these items so that we can match them with what we are wearing. While glasses aren’t just a fashion statement, it’s wise to have more than one pair in case one is lost or breaks, it’s true that glasses have a huge impact on how you look. Owning several pair, at least four, allows you to gracefully switch out your glasses as you change both your clothes and your location.
Here are the four different types of glasses that every woman should have:


Daily Favorite

This is the pair of glasses that you wear and carry around with you all the time. When buying this pair, pay special attention to frame shape and color: Remember, you’ll be wearing these every day, so you probably want to go for a neutral color and a frame that perfectly matches your face shape and your hairstyle. It’s also important that your glasses match the formality of your workplace: Funky frames can rock creative spaces, but may cause issues in a conservative law office.


Statement Glasses

There are going to be days when your regular glasses just won’t do. These are the days for wearing statement glasses: Cool colors, shapes and patterns that boost your confidence and attract attention.
Tip: Can’t decide on a statement pair? Get the frames that go best with your favorite garment or outfit.


Prescription Sunglasses

Nothing kills a casual beach look faster than having to squint because you can’t read the tiki cocktail menu. Get yourself a big, gorgeous pair of prescription sunglasses so you can enjoy vacations and trips to the beach in style.


Rimless Neutrals

Rimless glasses, particularly those with neutral temples and earpieces (i.e. brown, black or brushed metallic) are an essential part of everyone’s eyeglass wardrobe for several reasons:
1. It’s always wise to have at least one extra pair of glasses handy, particularly at the office or even in the glove box of your car. Ideally, you want these spares to have a neutral appearance so they go with everything. Rimless glasses with neutral temples and earpieces go with just about any outfit, no matter what color or degree of formality.
2. A recent study on how people perceive wearers of glasses show that rimless glasses encourage positive stereotyping by others: People who wear rimless glasses were judged by study participants as being attractive and likeable, as well as intelligent, trustworthy and successful. This makes rimless glasses an excellent choice for business meetings, or any other endeavor where you need to make a very good impression on someone.
Tip: If you do choose rimless glasses with metallic temples/earpieces and you tend to switch up your jewelry from silver to gold and back again, get two pair of rimless glasses, one in goldtone, the other in silver. This way you’ll always have a pair of rimless glasses that match your look.


How many pairs of glasses do you own?


Monday, February, 24 2014 by

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