When it comes to picking out glasses, the options seem endless, and they are. I know from experience that finding a pair you love that is flattering can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Your perfect pair is out there, and I’ve got a few tips to help make it easier. Glasses are like jewelry for your face, so their style is pretty darn important. Let’s look at some things that’ll help you choose the most flattering eyeglasses for your face shape.
Picking the most flattering frame is also a great opportunity to express your personal style because glasses are like jewelry on your face, and they’re the first thing most people notice about you.
To select the best pair of glasses to suit your face, start with your face shape. Most of us know the shape of our faces, but if you need some help determining yours, you can simply look in a mirror and trace the outline with your finger. Ta Dah!
Styling Tips for Face Shapes
A round face is typically as wide as it is long. Look for frames that will add some angles for a nice contrast. Square frames and cat-eye shapes are as lovely as rectangular frames, which I’m seeing a lot of these days.
An oval face is well-balanced and slightly longer than wide. Most frame shapes work well, and they can basically wear any frame shape they like.
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A rectangle or oblong face shape is longer than it is wider and has a long, straight cheek line. Look for frames with deeper lenses (top to bottom), which adds balance and makes your face appear shorter. Round or oval frames are a great contrast and help add curves to your face. A square frame is a nice contrast if you choose ones that are wider than the broadest part of your face.
A square face shape has a wide angular jaw and a broad forehead. Round or oval frames help soften the strong jawline and add balance to a square face.
Heart Shaped Faces
The heart face shape has a broader, wider forehead, narrower chin, and prominent cheekbones. Aviator and round frames help your more angular face appear softer. Avoid frames that are overly embellished or top-heavy, as these can accentuate the width of the upper face.
Diamond Face Shape
Diamond-shaped faces are the rarest face shape. They have a narrower forehead, defined cheekbones, and angular jawlines. They look great in a variety of shapes, like rectangle and oval frames.
Triangle Face Shape
A triangle face has a wide square jawline and a narrow forehead. Wide, heavier frames look best because they help balance out your jaw.
Other Style Tips For Eyeglasses
Choose a size that’s in harmony with your face size and a color that complements your skin tone. Warm skin tones look stunning with frames in shades like cream, tortoise, or honey, while a cool complexion is flattered by blue, gray, and silver-toned frames. Conversly, if bold red frames are your thing, go for it and make them your statement look.
Be aware that very wide temples may block your peripheral vision.
What Types Of Lenses Should You Choose?
Your choice of lens will impact the clarity and weight of your glasses.
- Plastic Lenses are a common choice because they’re less prone to shattering than glass. They’re also lightweight and affordable, making them a common choice for prescription lenses.
- Polycarbonate Lenses are thinner and lighter than plastic. They’re also impact-resistant.
- Trivex Lenses are similar to polycarbonate. They’re lightweight, thin, and impact-resistant, with the added benefit of providing clearer vision with less distortion than polycarbonate lenses.
- High-Index Plastic Lenses are thin and lightweight. These are especially beneficial for strong prescriptions because they reduce the “Coke bottle” effect that’s common with thicker lenses.
- Aspheric Lenses have varying degrees of curvature, which makes them thinner and flatter than conventional lenses, allowing for wider, more accurate vision.
- Photochromic Lenses automatically darken in sunlight, providing convenient UV protection and glare reduction. This allows many people to forgo getting prescription sunglasses.
- Polarized Lenses reduce glare from reflective surfaces like water and pavement. I find these cut down on squinting, so I insist on this for my sunglasses.
- Glass Lenses are heavier and more breakable. They offer excellent optical clarity and are scratch-resistant.
If you wear multifocal lenses, a deeper lens will give you a larger reading area. If you spend time on a computer or cell phone, consider adding the blue-light coating which can protect your eyes from damage and strain.
Anti-reflective coatings are pretty standard these days and worth every penny.
These are very popular for a good reason. They’re lightweight and offer a “barely there” look, which some find minimalistic and understated. Conversely, this “barely there” look can make us appear older than we are. It’s a personal choice. I have a pair and feel older in mine so I reserve them for wearing when at home because they are so darn comfortable!
The Best Readers
Readers, or cheaters, as I used to call them, are plentiful everywhere, from the checkout line at the pharmacy to your local optometrist’s office. Many provide blue-light protection, and they come in strengths up to 4.0. If you’re like me and tend to leave them everywhere, I recommend inexpensive sets of three like these. These are an opportunity to have fun with your frames because the investment is low. I like to wear readers when working on my laptop.
Do you wear glasses? When was the last time you updated your frame?