Eyeglass Frames: Buying Frames That Match Your Personality, Style and Interests
When it comes to your eyeglasses, there is more than meets the eye. Having worn glasses for many years now, I can tell you that selecting the perfect set of frames is one of the hardest parts of the eyewear process.
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Once you find a pair of frames that looks good, you automatically feel good. It's true. A good pair of glasses helps you feel sophisticated, polished, sexy, snazzy... you name it. In fact, for eyeglass wearers, there is nothing more important to us than how our eyeglasses look on our face.
It isn't uncommon for eyeglass shoppers to try on every pair of frames in the shop before they select one that looks good on them. Sometimes this process seems like it takes hours. Fortunately you can take steps to help reduce the time it takes to find the right pair of glasses.
Match Your Frames To Your Face Shape
Here are some steps offered by the Vision Council of America for selecting the perfect pair of eyeglass frames:
Select a frame shape that contracts with the natural shape of your face. This is contrary to what comes instinctively. Most people think they should buy frames that match their face shape. This isn't the case.
Look for frames that match the size of your face. You don't want to buy large frames then, if you have a very small face.
Look for frames that match your features well. If you have dark hair and dark eyes for example, you should look for complementary frames, not fluorescent pink or orange frames.
Determining Your Face Shape
Not sure what your face shape is? Stand in front of a mirror and use an erasable marker or tube of lipstick to outline the shape of your face. You'll notice your face is either round, oblong, oval, triangle, diamond or square shape. Here are some tips for buying glasses to match your face shape:
Oval Frames - Oval faces are easy to balance out and look good in most styles of eyeglass frames. Typically frames that are as wide or wider than the widest part of your face look best.
Round Frames - A round face looks thinner and longer when you wear eyeglasses that help lengthen and narrow the face. Look for frames that are wider than deep. Rectangle style frames often look the best.
Oblong Frames - If your face is long and thin you may want to balance things out with frames that provide more depth from top to bottom. Frames that add width to your face using decorative features may also work well for balancing your face shape.
Heart Shaped Frames - If you have a heart shaped or diamond face shape you should look for rimless frames or those with cat eye features. These help balance your jaw line and cheeks and provide an interesting and dynamic contrast to your face.
Square Frames - A square face typically has a strong forehead and jaw line. Your goals should include narrowing your features using narrow frames, including those with narrow, oval shaped lenses or those that are wider than they are tall.
Selecting The Best Frame Colors
Keep in mind when selecting your frames the color should also complement your skin tone. Most people look best when they buy frames that complement their skin tone.
Most people are either cool or warm skin toned. How do you decide your skin tone? Your hair color, eye color and skin color will help determine your skin tone.
Cool Skin Tones
Cool people generally have blue, almost violet eyes, medium brown or almost black eyes. They generally have blue-black, platinum, strawberry blond or auburn brown hair. Frames that work best for cool skin tones include:
Pink and Rose
Pewter or Silver
Warm Skin Tones
Hair colors on warm skin toned people include those with light brown and dark brown hair, "flat" black hair and blonde hair. People with warm undertones generally have olive or bronze color skin, whereas skin that often appears red or rosy typically falls into the "cool" category. Fortunately most people fall into the warm skin tone category, so it makes buying frames easy.
Frames that work best for warm skin tones include: