Ever get confused about what style of glass frames suit your face?
Here’s a guide to help make your decision easier.
Ensure the frame size is in scale with your face size.
Does the frame sit comfortably and stay in place?
Is the pupil position just in from the centre of the lens?
There are differing views on what frames suit certain face shapes. Generally frames that mirror your facial features are flattering. Start with considering what facial attributes you want to highlight or not. If you like your strong jawline, wear angular frames. If not, opt for a curved design to soften your appearance.
The same applies if you have a round face; curved frames compliment your face shape or opt for angles if you prefer some contrast.
You should also consider your personality and how you may want to be perceived, if it matters. For example, if you have sharp features, bold angular frames may project a stern appearance and may potentially be perceived as unapproachable. Something to consider if you’re in a management position or a public figure.
Other tips to consider:
A low bridge will reduce the size of your nose.
A high bridge with lengthen your nose.
A heavy, narrow bridge will bring your eyes together.
A light, wider bridge will push your eyes further apart.
Deep frames can shorten a long face.
Narrow or rimless frames can lengthen a small face.
A heavy top bar can balance a strong jawline.
Frames with an upward angle can lift the eyes giving a younger appearance.
Choose a curved top bar for curved eyebrows and an angular top bar for straight eyebrows.
Some prescriptions may require a specific frame depth or thickness so check with your optometrist before selecting a style.
The colour of frames is just as important as the style. Colours that clash with your natural genetic colouring can be unflattering which is not desirable given we wear glasses on our face.
Put simply, a warm undertone has yellow-based colours such as orange, red and yellow. A cool undertone has blue-based colours such as blue, green and violet.
You can see from these images the difference.
A person with a natural `warm’ colouring looks best in warm colours.
A person with a natural `cool’ colouring is best suited to cool colours.
Be mindful that transitional glasses tend to go yellow with age which can be unflattering for cool-coloured people.
Light coloured frames look best with fair or blonde hair.
Darker colours look good on brunettes.
Similar coloured frames to your eyes can highlight them while complementary colours will make them stand out.
Getting your colours done can help with this decision.
Placing sunglasses or glasses on your head as it will stretch the frames.
Choosing ill-fitting glasses requiring you to regularly adjust them.
Wearing sunglasses while talking to someone; not only is it distracting for the person you’re talking to, it limits eye contact. Be mindful of this when wearing transitional/tinted glasses indoors.
Why Are Frames Often More Expensive Than Lenses?
Quality frames are made from cellulose acetate which is derived from cotton and wood pulp.
It goes through many production steps, is usually aged, and then assembled and polished by hand by highly trained technicians.
Acetate ensures the glasses are more flexible, adapt to your face over time, and less likely to break unlike cheaper versions of plastic.
It is also hypoallergenic and bacteria resistant meaning the frames are less likely to irritate your skin.
Why Choosing The Right Glasses Is Important
Our profile area – face and neck – is where we largely communicate, verbally and non-verbally, which is why selecting the right frames is important.
Ideally we want people to be focusing on our face area when talking not have them distracted by what we’re wearing.
An optometrist will help you when selecting frames but to ensure you choose the right pair in design and colour for your investment, why not get an image consultant’s help?
I hope this guide helps the next time you shop for new glasses.
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