Choosing the Correct Glasses Frames

There was a time when wearing glasses was just not cool. Gone are the days when there was no other choice than National health glasses frames. When young children were likely to be labelled as swots, and young people equated sight problems with a look that restricted prettiness or was somehow linked with a weak physical strength. How the times have changed. Not only are glasses an enormous asset to problem eyesight but with the huge range in prescription glasses, lens tints, and super fashionable glasses frames, they have become a fashion statement in their own right.

Now there are so many different styles of glasses frames on the market it is imperative the style is not only comfortable but that it also suits your face and your primary activities, reflects your character, and makes you feel cool!

Choose your glasses online!

We’ve come along way in the 21st century. It used to be a case of taking the partner along to the local shop to “ooh and ahh”, and say “don’t be so silly, take them off”. Then the large high street chains introduced the camera snap shot gadgets where you could take a picture of yourself. Now it is even easier choosing online by using virtual mirrors where you can see how you would look with hundreds of different frames, tints and styles.

So if you are going to be choosing from home what are those secrets that make one pair of glasses look so great on one person but a disaster on another? The two most important factors to take into consideration are face shape and skin colouring. The bottom line is the eyewear should draw attention to your best feature (i.e. blue frame, blue eyes), the frame should contrast with your face shape but at the same time be in the same scale of your overall face size.

The right shape

So to make a round face appear thinner, angular narrow glasses frames are likely to lengthen the face and make it appear longer. The opposite of this is the oblong face which is longer than it is wide. Again to add balance to the face so it appears shorter the wearer should try frames that have greater depth than width. A base-down triangle shape face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheekbones and around the chin. The direct opposite and a good to this type would be cat eye glasses which are very wide at the top and shallow at the bottom. Where the shape of the face is wide at the top consider rimless glasses and frames with little colour as this takes focus away from the forehead. An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.

The right colour

Fundamentally, glasses frames should complement personal clothing, skin colour, eyes and hair for the best effect. With skin colour you will fall into one of two areas – either blue (cool) or yellow (warm). ). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow. Use the frames to highlight eye colour. Hair uses the same colour scale as skin. Warm hair colours include golden blond, flat black, brown-gold, “carrot” and “dirty” gray.

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