Selecting the correct frame can be puzzling. When you enter the optical store, there’s a huge range of styles, colours and lenses to choose from. It’s important to try on different frames to see which style suits you. Read on, to find out how to pick out the best frames and lenses.
First of all, you need to choose the style you like. The classic fully-rimmed frame suits all and can be found in a variety of colors. Semi-rim glasses are also known as half-rimless and typically cover the top-half of the lenses. This type of frame offers a modern, stylish look. More popular frames these days are the rimless frames; where there is no frame encircling the lenses, and the metal bridge and temples are mounted directly onto the lenses. If you are long-sighted, it’s not recommended to buy this kind of frame. The lens is very thin around the edge, so is likely to crack around the drilled holes.
Frames can be found in both plastic and metal. Titanium metal is commonly used for its durability and resistance to corrosion. While stainless steel is lightweight and suits people with sensitive skin. If you like colourful styles, plastic frames will be more to your taste. Layers of colors can be used to create a multi-color effect.
Once you’ve decided on the type of frame you like, you have to choose the type of lens you want. Lenses are made from plastic or glass. Modern day lenses are made from polycarbonate, which are lighter and thinner than traditional plastic lenses. You can also choose from different indexes to make the lenses thinner. Indexes typically range from 1.53 to 1.74, where the lens with the higher index is lighter and thinner.
The lenses can then be tinted for fashion purposes, or to act as sunglasses. Transition lenses automatically change their level of tint according to the light conditions, so that you don’t have to worry about having a pair of glasses and a pair of sunglasses. Another type of lens is the polarized lens which reduces glare from reflective surfaces. This type of lens is great for those who enjoy water sports.
Apart from the fundamentals of frames, you will need to choose a frame according to your face shape and skin tone. You should choose a shape opposite to your face shape. For example, if you have a round face, you should pick a square or rectangular frame. If you have a rectangular face, round or oval frames, will compliment your face shape.
If you have green, blue or grey eyes and blonde, black or brown hair, frames in pink, blue, silver or black will suit you. However, if your eyes are black, brown or hazel and you have blonde, brown, blonde, red or black hair, then frames in white, gold, green, orange and brown will look good on you.
Take your time in choosing the correct pair of frames. Like clothes, there are plenty of styles and colors to experiment with.