How to Pick Frames For Your Glasses:
Four eyes, nerd, Coke bottles, specs… these are only a few of the wonderful names people like to use when insulting someone with glasses, which may be why there is a stigma surrounding wearing them. Many people who venture into the realm of ocular enhancing, style personifying, facial frames will likely tell you that they are more comfortable than contact lenses, they are a stylish accessory if you allow them to be, and some people may even admit that they identify with their glasses.
I personally don’t need to wear glasses but I have three pairs because they are a style piece and sometimes wearing sunglasses indoors is just awkward and pretentious (sorry Anna).
Now that I have convinced you to get a pair of indoor Dior’s or environmentally appropriate A.P.C.’s how do you pick the right frames for your face?
The first step is to determine the shape of your head. Be critical! Look in a mirror and see if your head is more oblong, narrow, or round and then you can use this handy chart to help you decide which frames are going to work well for your face. Keep in mind that the shape of your head only has as much impact on your glasses as your hair allows it to. For example a thin face coupled with huge back combed bar hair can rock a larger frame than if it were toned down and in a slick ponytail. (Click to enlarge the image below)
Note: I am certainly not saying that you can’t wear the other types or to not try them on but this is just a good outline to start your journey into the world of spectacle exploration.
Thinner faces have a lot of diversity but using the width of your face to choose a width of glass is important. A cat-eyed frame may leave you looking a little extreme and perhaps a little too expressive. Now if that’s what you a are going for then great but just be aware of the impact that glasses can have in your day to day communications. Other great shapes for thinner faces are squared, horizontal rectangles, and frames that have the arms extending from the bottom instead of the top.
A head that is larger on top with a slim jaw can wear aviators, cat-eyes, and wider frames. In this case the frames act as a natural guide to the jaw line and compliment the shape of the face.
Larger faces have all the fun! They get to pretty much wear any shape of glass except really small frames. Seriously a rounder face can get a wrap-around style with bejeweled dragons running up and down the arms and over the brow ridge and it will still look really good.
Other factors to consider are the shape of the nose, hair style (like I mentioned before), and forehead height. The bigger the nose the more options you have but beware of thick framed glasses with a “V” shaped outer silhouette. That combination will draw attention to the nose and make you look like a elephant.
Remember that a flat nose that doesn’t support the weight of certain frames isn’t a reason to throw in the towel. Today opticians and people of that nature can insert, adjust, and add padding to the bridge of nearly every frame for a small cost.
Forehead height has to be watched because when you place on a dark thick framed glass you’re focus is instantly directed to the forehead and if you have a larger forehead (think Tyra) those glasses are going to make your four finger forehead appear to be a four firetruck forehead! To avoid this get bangs, part your hair to the side and swoop the longer part down over your forehead, or for the short haired people out there it is time to try the Bieber hairdo! If your hair is even shorter than that then don’t wear such thick frames or choose a color of frames that matches your hair color which psychologically makes the viewer looking at you see less forehead and more great frame and hair action.
As for color I recommend wearing anything under the sun! Have fun with this, pull out a color in your eyes, get frames that match your handbag, or get a twin set for your loved one! Okay just kidding about that last one but seriously the options are limitless with glasses and frames.
Send me images of you with your favorite fashionable frames and I’ll send one of you a free travel case for those great little specs!