Choosing the frames for your new eyeglasses can be a bit daunting. The optical store has walls and display cases full of frames in endless sizes, shapes, styles, and colors. Choices abound and range from generic brands to designer eye wear. Maybe that is why you end up spending hours trying to choose your eyeglasses and leave never really sure if you could have made a better choice.
Your frames should balance your face’s shape.
The shape of the frames you choose will depend on the shape of your face. Your face may be round, square, oval, or heart-shaped. The idea is to choose a frame that harmonizes your features for the perfect look. If your face is square, narrow rectangular or oval frames will soften the angles. Round faces can be made to appear longer by choosing frames that are narrow and angular. Round faces should never wear round frames.
Frames should bring out your best features and downplay the negative ones.
If you have a large nose, wearing tiny glasses will make your nose appear even larger. Instead, choose large, medium to heavy weight frames that draw attention to your eyes. The shape of the glasses will depend on the shape of your face, as described above.
Your eyebrows also make a difference in which style best suits you. For example, having thin or light colored eyebrows will mean that you will want to choose frames that have a rimless bottom. This will give your eyebrows some added emphasis.
If you have thick, well-groomed eyebrows, choosing thin wire framed glasses will help showcase this positive feature.
Frame color should complement your skin tone, hair, and eyes, not coordinate with your handbag.
Your skin tone and the color of your hair and eyes will determine what color frames you should choose. Skin tones are classified as either warm, or cool. Warm tones tend toward the yellows, while cool tones tend toward the blues. By choosing a frame color that is in your natural coloring family, you will always look your best. For example, those with golden blonde hair and skin tones will look great in gold-rimmed glasses, while platinum blondes are more suited to silver ones.
How do you know what your coloring is? Hold a piece of blue fabric close to your face while you look in the mirror. If blue makes you look healthy and cheerful, you have a cool skin tone. If you look your healthiest while framed in yellow, you have a warm coloring. Be careful though, baby blue has more yellow in it than royal blue.
Frames should be suited to your venue, wardrobe, and purpose.
You choose your clothing according to your setting, occasion, and purpose. For example, you probably dress differently for a business meeting than you do for a date, and going out to a nightclub requires a different outfit than dining in a five-star restaurant. The same holds true for your glasses. Choose your eyeglasses to match your particular occasion. Designer eye wear is especially good for making frames that complement specific wardrobe types.
For this reason, many people choose more than one pair of eyeglasses.
Choosing a pair of eyeglasses doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration. By keeping these simple tips in mind, you will be able to choose the designer eye wear or generic frame that best suits your face’s shape, features, and coloring. Should you still have trouble choosing, visit West Coast Optical. We have highly trained opticians who can help you choose frames that look great and bring out your best.