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Best colour glasses for grey hair

Boy have you got choice.

No really you do, because your grey hair is the perfect palette for almost any colour of glasses frame you can imagine.

You might not feel like your silver strands are anything to celebrate…but trust us.

You have SO much scope when it comes to finding your next pair of spectacles.

Your grey-haired glasses inspiration starts and ends here.

 

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    Warm coloured glasses for grey hair

    Grey haired women with round tortoise glasses frame and floral blouse

     

    Face up to it

    You need address the topic of colour.

    With your grey hair, you have literally zero chance of clashing with bold colours in your glasses frame.

    You should opt for an earthy coloured spectacle frame to bring warmth to your appearance.

    A pair of women's tortoise glasses frames are a classic choice.

     

     

    Round tortoise glasses frame with rose gold legs

     

    A grey haired man with grey beard wearing a rectangular dark tortoise eyeglasses frame

     

    Don't fear the flecks

    For men, a rectangular tortoise glasses frame is probably the safest colour and pattern for your salt and pepper hair.

    The earthy tones of brown and black are offset by flecks of honey and amber. This is going to give you a very refined, classic look.

    If bold colours aren't your thing, these glasses are great choice.

     

     

    Large rectangular tortoise glasses frame with thin rose gold arms

     

    Woman smiling with grey combed hair wearing rounded eyeglasses frame

     

    You should try to avoid this

    You've probably worn glasses for a while now.

    But whatever you do, stay clear of rimless glasses frames.They add years to your appearance, not to mention... they're grey too.

    Adding even more grey to the mix isn't a great idea, especially if your'e looking for glasses that make you look younger.

    You can shave years off with a large thick-rimmed glasses frame.

     

     

    Boxy auburn glasses frame

     

    Gentleman with salt and pepper hair wearing amber and black spectacles

     

    Bring warmth with natural colours

    Warm glasses work hard, so you don't have to.

    You should consider glasses with mustard and amber hues. They bring a youthful aesthetic to contrast your greying hair and beard.

    If you have a pale complexion, stick to darker colours of brown and amber.

    If you have deep skin, opt for a sandy colour to offset your darker hues.

     

    Caucasian women with very short grey hair wearing tortoise speckled glasses frame

     

    Short hair, big frame

    Do you have short grey hair?

    Your short grey hair will work wonderfully with a reddish speckled frame. It's subtle, but it'll take an integral role in your pared back appearance.

    If you tend to wear neutral clothing, you can really benefit from a dominant and vibrant pair of glasses.

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    Serious looking man with blue shirt and brown suit jacket wearing round tortoise spectacle frames

     

    Timeless in tortoise

    If you like to keep things classic, a round pair of tortoise glasses are the perfect match for you.

    Tortoise acetate is always in fashion so you're going to win with this frame.

     

     

    D shaped eyeglasses made from tortoise acetate and rose gold arms

     

    Grey haired lady with round amber glasses frame with one hand on her head holding a cigarette

     

    Salt and pepper hair? Spice your glasses up

    For ladies, a round speckled frame is might seem like an eccentric choice.

    But come on, it's time to spice things up and bring some colour to your glasses game.

    Seen above, her round-eye reading glasses bring a real sense of character and warmth.

    The perfect glasses for grey hair.

     

     

    Round tortoise glasses frame with rose gold legs

     

    Bearded man with grey hair wearing round tortoise eyeglasses

     

    What about small batch spectacles?

    You'll be glad to wear tortoise glasses glasses.

    They're such an adaptable acetate will never ever go out of fashion.

    But perhaps you're looking for something a little more unique?

     

    Round tortoise glasses frame lying on black marble

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      Quirky blue glasses for grey hair

      TV presenter Prue Leith wears a rectangular blue spectacle frame with blue earrings inside the Great British Bake Off tent

       

      Bold in blue

      You must have seen Prue Leith's rectangular blue glasses?

      You'd be surprised how easily these glasses can tie-in with your wardrobe.

      Think of all the blue clothes and accessories you have that you can combine to wear these sapphire spectacles.

      They're vibrant. They're memorable and they harmonise with your grey hair perfectly.

       

       

      Rectangular blue glasses frame with silver arms

       

      Mature man with swept back grey hair and long beard wearing quirky blue spectacle frame

       

      Bearded?

      That's a lot of grey for one face.

      Why not inject some colour to your wizened complexion with a pair of quirky blue glasses?

      For men, this colour might seem a little out-there but this dapper gentleman has got his glasses on-lock.

      A pair of round blue men's glasses are going to jazz things up nicely.

       

       

      Round blue spectacle frame with silver rivets and silver arms

       

      Lady with long straight grey hair touching her blue rimmed glasses frame

       

      You're scared

      Blue glasses for grey hair might feel like a big jump for you.

      But remember that you have so much potential for unusual colour combinations thanks to your silver hair.

      If you're unsure about the right sort of colour for your complexion, you can find the right glasses frame using our handy guide.

      Glasses to suit your face shape and complexion.

       

      Jeff Goldblum wearing round blue glasses frames and denim jacket

       

      Many glasses, many personalities

      The more you think about it, the more it makes sense.

      Your grey hair opens the door wide open to all sorts of glasses styles, especially if you're thinning up top.

      Bring back some definition with some statement glasses frames. This way you can introduce your sense of character between different styles of frame depending on the occasion.

      Party glasses, work glasses, weekend glasses...

       

       

      Round blue spectacle frame with silver rivets and silver arms

       

      Prue Leith looking stern in her bright blue spectacle frame and orange blouse in the Great British Bake off tent

       

      This is your chance

      You've probably worn glasses for a while now.

      But with your grey hair, there's never been a better time to branch out and experiment with some radical colours.

      Your glasses are now a crucial accessory which you can incorporate into your repertoire of clothing and jewellery.

      Prue Leith does this to great effect, often pairing her bright blue glasses frame with her earrings and necklaces.

      You can see how this is your chance to start getting creative.

       

      Limited edition glasses?

      Blue glasses frame cut from a sheet of blue plastic on white table surrounded by cuttings

       

      Steve Carrel wearing rounded blue eyeglasses with bright blue shirt smiling

       

      Avoid this trap

      Greying men? Attention please.

      Don't fall into the trap of the monochrome wardrobe.

      Your greying complexion is grey enough already. You'll only make things worse by falling into the pit of grey and black everything.

      Look for glasses with colourful details such as contrasting colourful arms or nose-bridges. These little pops of colour will make all the difference.

      Paul Smith made his career out of adding colour to menswear.

      Take heed.

       

      Linda Rodin wearing massive blue glasses frame and striped blue and white jumper

       

       

       

      Rectangular blue glasses frame with silver arms

       

       

      Dark glasses for grey hair

       

      Three quarter view of a mature woman with a grey bob haircut and large black framed glasses

       

      You had to, didn't you?

      You couldn't resist the calling of the black spectacle frame.

      That's ok, you clearly like to keep things simple with clean lines and neutral colours. With that in mind, you'll want to pick a frame that'll work for your face shape.

      You'll want to strike a balance by contrasting the shape of your face with the shape of you glasses.

      Round face? Square frame.

      Square face? Round frame.

      You get the picture...

       

       

      Rectangular black eyeglasses frame with black temples and silver rivets

       

      Tatood man with swept back grey hair lighting a cigar wearing thick black eyeglasses

       

      Brave, bold and black

      Your grey hair will marry-up with black glasses perfectly.

      But this is the time to go BIG and BOLD.

      As your complexion neutralises, this is the point where you need to step your glasses game up a notch and get brave.

      Overly chunky glasses frames are going to take a dominant role in your perception and are the perfect way to make an impact in your attire.

      Are you ready?

       

       

      Rectangular black eyeglasses frame with black temples and silver rivets

       

      Silver haired female model wearing round dark glasses frame sitting face on

       

      Get around it

      Round glasses are eternally stylish.

      Get around your fear of this glasses style by going for a darker acetate colour. This is your perfect way to break into a whole new look with your choice of a round glasses frame.

      If you have narrow facial features and long hair, a pair of round glasses will contrast your characteristics perfectly.

      She's awesome isn't she?

       

       

      D shaped black spectacle frame with very thin black temples and silver rivets

       

      Man with short grey hair and tatoos lying on his side reading a book wearing thick dark spectacle frame

       

      Daddy cool

      Meet slick Rick.

      Besides his tattoos, he's got some serious glasses game.

      You're going to hear a lot of compliments if you wear a pair of glasses like his.

      No really, because your new glasses will become your optical calling card of style.

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      Close view of grey haired lady wearing thick round glasses frame and a floral blouse

       

      We lied

      This article is actually all about this lady right here.

      Just kidding.

      But you have to agree that this silver haired specimen is an icon of grey haired glasses wearers.

      If you aren't comfortable with a full-round frame, you should take a look at a less rounded style such as our C - BLK model.

      Shop the C model here.

       

      Smartly dressed man standing in front of an old building wearing winter clothes scarf and dark glasses frame

       

      Effortless style

      Your glasses play such a large role in your apperance.

      You'll want your new glasses to be comfortable and effortless to wear wherever you go, whatever you're doing.

      If you prefer a neutral glasses frame, you should consider a rounded rectangular style.

      Glasses like these can go with almost anything you wear and are a popular choice for as a bit of on all-rounder.

       

       

      D shaped black spectacle frame with very thin black temples and silver rivets

       

      Confident mature lady sitting in a purple chair with purple blouse and prominent dark spectacles smiling at camera

       

      Sorry, it's about your lenses...

      Do you use a varifocal lens or a single vision?

      Depending on the type of glasses you'll need, different shapes of glasses frame work better for different types of lenses.

      Varifocals require a large lens-area. A large pair of glasses with a tall lens space will get the most out of this lens-type.

      Reading glasses don't need so much space and can be really slim and narrow.

      Single vision lenses can be fitted to almost any frame shape.

      Browse our lens packages here

       

      Man wearing suit and tie thick dark glasses frame sitting in a chair with his hands on the arm

       

      Receding hair calls for round glasses

      Your receding and greying hairline gives your face the appearance of looking longer and narrower.

      Your best way to contrast this is with a round pair of glasses with softened edges and corners.

      The soft nature of a rounded pair of men's glasses will give a nice amount of balance.

       

       

      Large black spectacle frame with silver rivets and thin dark legs

       

      Mature African woman wearing a chunky rectangular pair of glasses with striped top looking away from camera

       

      The right glasses for your face shape

      Round face, square glasses. It's all about creating contrast with your glasses frame.

      If you aren't sure about your face shape, you can use a number of methods to determine what shape of glasses will suit you the most.

      The easiest method is to trace your face using a selfie on your smart phone.

      Alternatively, you can trace a printed photograph of yourself being sure to follow the contour-outline of your head, jaw and chine.

      Click here for more face-shape tips.

       

      Disgruntled looking elderly man with short grey hair and rounded rectangular eyeglass frame

       

      Charmingly chunky

      You'll have noticed the charm of a chunky-rimmed glasses frame by now.

      Rimless glasses might seem tempting due to their lightweight nature, but they're are a sure fire way of adding years to your appearance.

      Your safest bet is to stick to full-rim acetate glasses as they're simply more charming, not to mention more robust.

      If you're unsure about quality, you can learn how glasses are made by clicking here.

       

      Women with short grey hair side on wearing RayBan spectacle frame and white blouse

       

      Notice how she pairs her black-rimmed glasses with her dark earrings. Small details like these are a great way to incorporate coordination with your accessories and jewellery.

       

      Smart dressed african man with grey beard dark glasses tweed jacket and light shirt side on to viewer

       

      Strong prescription, strong frame

      Your prescription has large influence over the shape of glasses you should wear.

      If you wear high-index lenses, a thick-rimmed pair of glasses with a generous lens-area will serve you well.

      Prescription lenses with a strength of more than +5.00 tends to call for a thick rimmed glasses frame to be able to take your thick lens-edge.

      This way, you can avoid having the edges of your lenses 'spilling out' from your beloved glasses frame.

       

       

      Grey glasses frames with a semi opaque finish and charcoal coloured temples

       

      Grey haired lady standing in an art gallery wearing glasses and a grey scarf looking at the viewer

       

      Glasses for the galleries

      Your new found love for quirky glasses gives you the natural appearance of an art lover.

      Heading towards retirement, this is the perfect combination for free access to galleries whilst looking like you know what's going on.

      It's win win really.

       

      Serious looking man with long grey hair with his glasses humorously hanging off the end of his nose

       

      Respectable reading glasses

      You've got two choices when choosing your reading glasses.

      You can choose ready-readers or prescription reading lenses. This is the difference between a quick solution and something truly special.

      For a superior optical experience, you should look into tailored prescription reading glasses in a high-quality frame.

      You'll never go back to ready readers once you've had a taste of some large-lensed luxury.

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      Fashion designer Eileen Fisher sitting wearing dark clothes and speckled frame glasses

       

      What do your glasses say about you?

      Fashion designer, Eileen Fisher is notoriously shy.

      You wouldn't know it with her confident choice of flecked acetate glasses. In her creative field, she needs to project a sense of confidence despite her naturally introverted demeanour.

      Your glasses are the first thing people look at and first impressions are everything.

      What do your glasses say about you?

       

      Mature man wearing bright yellow jacket blue hat glasses walking down the street looking away from the viewer

       

      Bright clothes means dark glasses

      If your attire is outgoing and vibrant, you can tone things back with a neutral pair of glasses.

      Investing in a monochrome spectacle frame means you can effortlessly wear them with your colourful wardrobe.

      This guy has a lot of colour going-on so his black eyeglasses frame taking a bit more of a back seat.

      If you wear a lot of colour, perhaps a large pair of black glasses are the ones for you.

       

       

      Large black spectacle frame with silver rivets and thin dark legs

       

      Grey haired woman with floral blouse and eyeglasses looking at viewer slightly side on

       

       

      Outifts for glasses with grey hair

      Old couple walking down the street talking to each other and laughing

      Thinking of making the move to a bolder pair of glasses?

      If so, there's numerous ways you can incorporate your new-found style with your wardrobe.

      In the examples below, you can build a picture of the types of clothes, accessories and footwear that you can match-up with your glasses to embrace your new style.

       

      Outfits for tortoise glasses for grey hair

      Tortoise glasses for grey hair

       

      You weren’t born yesterday. So you’ll be perfectly aware that tortoise acetate is truly timeless.

      This warm acetate has been at the forefront of spectacle frame fashion for a very long time. A wise choice for a wise person.

      Tortoise acetate is the perfect pairing for your grey hair, especially if you’d like to project a warmer perception.

      What better way to see the world than with an acetate that’s never going out of fashion?

       

      Clothes to wear with tortoise reading glasses

      Women:By now, you’ll know a thing or two when it comes to wearing colour. Tortoise has a number of tones to tailor your outfit to.

      Seen above, these dark browns, black and amber all have a part to play. We suggest you take full advantage of this adaptability and adorn natural coloured clothes such as beige, brown and black.

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      Mens clothes to wear with tortoise glasses and grey hair

      Men:Between reading the paper or browsing a restaurant menu, these tortoise reading glasses are a taste of large lensed luxury.

      With a boxy construction and robust steel hardware, these reading glasses will tie in with your maturity and refinement. A white shirt or grey jumper will really make these glasses speak for themselves.

      The waiter will definitely see you when you’re wearing these.

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      Outfits for blue glasses for grey hair

      Round blue reading glasses for grey hair

      Blue rimmed glasses like these are the perfect excuse to accompany your style of dress. For men or women, your new glasses can really tie in with items from your wardrobe.

      Womens clothes to wear with round blue glasses and grey hair

      Women:These blue glasses are the perfect companion for similarly coloured items such as blue shawls, scarves or shoes.

      If you regularly wear a lot of blue, perhaps in your jewellery or accessories, blue glasses will tie in with your repertoire perfectly.

      If blue isn’t your colour, your grey-haired freedom might be suited to our other styles reading glasses frames.

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      Mens clothes to wear with blue glasses with grey hair

      Men:It might feel safe but going for the plain black reading glasses is a little…predictable.

      There’s nothing wrong with a splash of colour, especially if your hair hasn’t got any. To celebrate your silver hair, these blue glasses are a great idea for using around the house.

      The large round-eye is a classic frame shape and that blue acetate is much easier to spot before you accidentally sit on them.

      Shop men's glasses

       

      Outifts for grey glasses for grey hair

      Grey glasses for grey hair

       

      If colour really isn’t your thing, we get it.

      Bold colours like blue might seem a little bit extravagant so why not opt for something discreet?

      Monochrome acetates give you the largest scope for wearing colourful clothes.

      If you have a lot of brightly coloured garments and want to avoid clashing with them, a grey pair of glasses is a good idea.

       

      Womens clothes to wear with grey glasses and grey hair

      Women:Bright clothing and jewellery can be offset with a neutral glasses frame. Spectacles like these give room to the other parts of your attire. Vibrant necklaces and earrings can speak for themselves, hanging in harmony with these grey glasses.

      If it’s an understated style you’d like, grey spectacle frames are the ones for you.

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      Brightly coloured clothes for men to wear with grey glasses and grey hair

      Men:Give yourself one less thing to think about with these grey frame reading glasses. The semi-opaque acetate is the perfect palette for brightly coloured ties or jazzed-up shirts.

      Grey hair and grey glasses mean gives you free reign with your wardrobe.

      If you’d prefer something more subtle, these grey-frames glasses have you covered.

       

       



      Jamie Bartlett: co-founder |Remember that reading glasses tend to be worn temporarily.

      For something you can wear for 5 minutes or even 5 hours, these spectacles are more of an accessory than a fully fledged frame.

      If however, you do wear your specs for long periods, we suggest you take a look at our UK-made, luxury reading glasses range.

      Why not check out my other article: Glasses that make you look younger

       

       

      Jamie Bartlett
      Jamie Bartlett

      Co-founder of Banton Frameworks.



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