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 frames is the hardest part of the
Glasses and other looks
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 almost 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.
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 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 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
or diamond shape face, 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