Finding the Ideal Pair of Glasses to Suit You
As well as helping you to see, wearing glasses is a great way to show off your personality and augment your style. As you will be wearing your glasses every day, or at least on a long term basis, you will want to take the time to choose the right frames to suit your personal style, but also your complexion and face shape.
We have put together a guide to help you narrow down the choices and find the perfect frames for you:
General rules of thumb
In most cases, these simple rules will apply to choosing frames to fit your features:
- Always choose a frame size that is in scale with the size of your face – frames that are too wide or too narrow for your face will stand out, but not in a good way.
- Try to find frames that contrast with the shape of your face.
- Choose eyewear that repeats your best feature, for example, if you have brown eyes, find frames to match.
Frames to fit your face shape
Your shape and angles of your face have a big bearing on which frames will work best for you. There are five main faces shapes:
- Oval – An oval face shape is very balanced, with proportioned features, and as a result, will suit practically any glasses style. To keep the natural balance of the face, which is longer than wide, look for frames that are at least as wide, or wider than the broadest part of the face. Walnut-shaped glasses are well suited to an oval face shape.
- Square – Square faces have a strong, defined jawline, combined with a broad forehead, with roughly the same proportions in terms of width and length. To soften the strong features of a square face shape, oval or round shaped glasses with a thin frame are the best solution to soften and complement facial features.
- Round – A round face is proportion in terms of width and length, with no strong angles. To make a round face seem longer and thinner, angular, narrow frames are the ideal choice. Wide rectangular frames are well suited.
- Heart shaped – A heart shaped face with a relatively narrow chin, with high cheekbones and a broad forehead are best suited to frames that are wider than the forehead. Rimless frames help to soften the face.
- Rectangular – As a rectangular face shape is longer than it is wide, with straight cheek lines, frames with more depth than width can help to make the face appear more balanced. Decorative temples can add extra width to the face, whereas a lower bridge can appear to shorten a long nose.
Frames to suit your complexion
According to the Vision Council, all people have a cool colouring or a warm colouring. Your skin tone is the most important element in determining colouring and falls into one of two colour bases, blue or yellow. Cool complexions have blue or pink undertones, whereas a warm complexion has a yellow base.
Eye colour is a secondary element in determining colouring, as there are many variations of eye colour. Blue eyes can vary from an almost violet colour, to a pale, greyish blue, whereas brown eyes can vary from a very pale brown to a deep, dark brown. Hair colours are also classed as warm or cool, with cool hair colours like platinum, strawberry blonde, blue-black, white and ash brown, whilst warm colours include golden blondes, brown-blacks, golden browns, carrot and dirty grey.
Cool complexions – The best hues for frames are:
- Dark tortoise
Warm complexions – The best hues for frames are:
- Blonde tortoise
If you are unsure which frames are the most suitable shape and colour to suit you, please don’t hesitate to talk to our team. Simply call us on 01905 613020 or drop by and see us and we will be glad to help you decide on the perfect pair of frames to fit your face shape, complexion and style.