My guidelines for choosing glasses

Caroline Ryan (right) pictured with Orlaith Ryan, owner of Vision 2 Opticians.

Orlaith Ryan (owner of Vision 2 Opticians) and Caroline Ryan, pictured at the store’s 10 years anniversary celebrations in 2012.  Caroline has hosted style and colour consultation days at Vision 2 Opticians since 2010. |

Choosing a new pair of glasses can be a daunting task – with hundreds of styles in every shape, colour and style imaginable, it’s easy to get confused as to which pair to go for.  To make the process easier, here are 6 considerations to bear in mind:

Your taste:  What type of glasses that you are most comfortable and confident wearing.  Do you prefer something bold and fashionable, or light and discreet?  Do you like bright colours, or are you a ‘strictly neutrals’ kind of person.  Do you like plastic frames or metal frames?  Once you have nailed down your preferences, you will find it easy to eliminate styles that you don’t like; then the choice becomes much more manageable.

Your lifestyle:  If you wear your glasses all the time, then opt for a hard-wearing pair that will cope with a lot of use.  If you are an occasional glasses-wearer, then you can consider something a little less robust.

Your colouring:  As a general rule, if you have strong colouring, then usually you can carry off stronger frame colours.  If you have lighter colouring, then opt for lighter frame colours.  Generally speaking, the colours that will best suit you are those colours that are naturally in your hair, eyes, skin and lips.

Your wardrobe:  Make sure that the frame colour you choose matches at least 90% of the colours in your wardrobe.  There is no point in buying a pair of purple frames for example if you don’t have a stitch of purple in your wardrobe!

Your face:  It’s impossible to tell whether frames will fit and flatter until you try them on.  Yes there will be certain basic shapes that you know will suit you – say, rectangular, for example – but tiny structural details can have a great impact on how glasses sit on the face.  Be patient and try on as many pairs as you can – even ones that you don’t think will suit (you may well be pleasantly surprised).

Your lenses:  Some lenses – such as bifocals for example – may require a certain depth of frame.  If your lenses are very thick, you may wish to avoid rimless or half-rim glasses as they will expose the thickness of the glass.  Discuss with your optician whether your prescription will impose any restrictions on your selection of frames.

Finally, if you are still unsure of what frames to go for I suggest that you consult with a qualified optician who will most certainly help you to find the best frame to fit you.


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