Taking Back Round and Becoming A Color Expert
My fellow opticians, how many of you have had a customer or patient walk into your store and put on a round frame and declare, “I look like Harry Potter!”? I know we have all heard this dozens of times depending on how long we have been in the eyecare business. I am here to help you take back the round shape from the boy wizard.
I am also here to tell you that if you don’t have a round frame in your personal collection you are missing out on a look that is both stylish and timeless. It’s not just Harry Potter, it’s smart and sophisticated. There’s nothing at all wrong with Harry Potter by the way. I will admit I am a huge fan of the series, and I love reading the books with my son, but I digress.
The round look is spectacular! It has been worn by people like John Lennon, Le Corbusier, T.S. Eliot, Harry Truman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gandhi.
In the picture, I am wearing a classic round frame by Masunaga Optical. Make your choice between black or tortoise shell or both. I love dressing up in the black and pairing it with a black tie. On nights and weekends, I like the tortoise shell for a more casual look.
Speaking of color, let’s think about that for a moment. The tortoise shell is more complimentary to my coloring in general. When showing frames to your clients or patients, you want to think about skin, eye, and hair color because some colors are better complimented by one or the other of the frame colors. For instance, a medium to dark brown shade of tortoise shell typically looks great on blondes and brunettes depending on skin tone, while those with grey and white and black hair will often look stunning and sophisticated in the polished black frames.
I think that we as opticians should be color experts. If you are interested in learning more on the topic start out with YouTube. For a deeper dive, there is a book from the 1980’s called Color Me Beautiful that is still relevant today. It explains how to determine your season and which colors suit your coloring best.
So, have some fun with colors and shapes, and be the change you want to see in the world.