Advice for Choosing Glasses Frames

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.  As a long-time spectacles wearer, I’ve devised a fail-safe 6-point plan for when I’m choosing new specs.  It works for me, so hopefully it will for you too.

Your taste: Broadly-speaking, consider the type of glasses that you are most comfortable and confident wearing.  Do you like 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, like me, you wear your glasses every waking minute of the day, then I suggest that you 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, I find that the colours that will best suit you are those colours that are naturally in your hair, eyes, skin and lips.

The colour of the clothes in your wardrobe: This is really important.  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 facial proportions: I don’t pay much heed to the traditional rules regarding glasses shape (e.g. those with round faces can’t wear rounded glasses).  I firmly believe that you should try on as many styles as possible as you never know what might flatter you.  The one thing I would say though is to keep your frames in proportion with the width and overall circumference of your face.  If you have a wide face, choose wide frames and vice versa.  Likewise if you have a petite face, opt for smaller sized frames, and vice versa.

Lens restrictions: 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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