Looking Smart and Sharp: How to Choose Glasses Frames
Glasses don’t have to be an afterthought that you avoid. You don’t have to choose the most basic pair to get out of the store quickly. In fact, glasses can be a key cornerstone of your personal style.
There are so many styles and colors for glasses available from vintage-inspired to sleek and chic. So no matter your style or face shape, there is a pair of glasses that will make you look spectacular.
Need some tips to choose glasses frames that will elevate your style without sacrificing eye care? Check out this guide that will make your glasses look like they were custom-made just for you.
First Consider Your Face Shape
The first step to finding the perfect pair of glasses is knowing your face shape. Your face shape is determined by your bone structure and muscles. And it can help you determine many stylistic choices, and eyeglasses are no different.
The five main face shapes are square, round, heart, triangular, and oval. To figure out your face shape, you’ll have to have a good look in the mirror.
Check out your jawline, the placement of your cheekbones, and your hairline to help determine your face shape. Here are examples of glasses styles that look best with each face shape.
Square faces are all about the sharp angles. The cheekbones, forehead, and jaw all tend to be about the same width.
Add a little softness to square faces by opting for glasses with rounded features. Rounded, thinking frames will complement the angular features of your face.
Round faces have softer angles. The cheekbones tend to be wider, while the forehead and jaw are about the same size.
If you have a round face, opt for glasses with angular shapes. Rectangular frames can add a sharpness that the face doesn’t naturally have. Thicker and bolder frames also add some angles.
Similar to the common shape, a heart face tapers in while remaining wider at the top. The forehead is the widest feature. The face slowly tapers in through the cheeks and ends in the most narrow area, the chin.
Heart-shaped faces are one of the most versatile of the shapes. For this shape, you want to balance and complement the features. Choose glasses frames that are wider than your forehead and rounded at the bottom.
Do you have a strong jawline? If so, you probably have a triangular face. These faces feature a wider jawline compared to narrower cheeks and forehead.
Similar to heart faces, you want to compliment and balance your features. You’ll want frames that are heavier and draw more attention to the upper part of your face. Allow the lower half of your glasses to be lighter with rounder shapes.
The other most versatile face shape is oval because of the balance of features. These faces are widest at the cheekbones and narrow in at both the forehead and jaw.
Since this is a versatile face shape, your options for frame styles are near limitless because most will work with your features. But, as a rule of thumb, you should look for frames that are as wide as the widest part of your face.
Common Eyeglass Shapes
Now that you know the shape of your face and what shapes to look for, you should know the names of the most common eyeglass shapes.
A favorite style for many, the aviators feature a teardrop-shaped lens inside sleek frames. It’s a great style for all genders and ages.
As the name suggests, these glasses highlight the natural brownie. The top portion is thicker and wider, while the bottoms have thin frames.
This beloved stylistic pair piggybacks off the brownie frames. The tops feature wide, pointed edges and rounded bottoms.
Oval glasses are longer in width and rounded on the edges. These frames can soften angular faces.
Common for people who are new to glasses, the rectangles are wider than they are tall. They’re great for adding width to the face.
Known for their circular lens shape, these have a little bit of a retro touch. They can come in a variety of sizes and frame roundness.
One of the most basic styles, these glasses are as equally tall as they are wide. This style is best for round and oval faces.
Play with Color
Eyeglasses give you an opportunity to play around with your personal style. One of the best ways to do that is to experiment with color.
You always have the option to choose a neutral pair to wear in everyday situations. But since experts recommend having at least three pairs, you can get creative with your other two.
Classic colors like red, blue, and green can add a pop of color that fit well into most wardrobes. But if you’re looking for more of a stylistic choice, colors like yellow, pink, or even multicolored are a great choice.
If you aren’t sure where to start with color, try using your glasses to compliment your skin and hair tones. Look at your undertones and choose a shade that brings them out.
Universally Loved Glasses Styles
There are a few styles of glasses that look great on everyone. So if you need a good universal pair, here are some details to look for.
Black will always look sophisticated and tends to pair well with all skin tones. Similarly, tortoiseshell is also universally flattering because of the multicolor, but neutral look.
In terms of glasses shapes, round glasses tend to look great on all face shapes. Of course, it all comes down to what you love on your face. So choose your glasses frame with your preferences in mind.
Choose Glasses Frames Ideal for Your Face
Society makes people believe that glasses are not desirable or stylish. But the truth is, society is wrong! Eyeglasses present a unique opportunity to enhance and show off your personal style.
When you know what eyeglass shape best fits your face, you can choose a pair that flatters your features. And with the options of style and color, you can use this accessory to bring out your own personality.
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