Choosing the Right Glasses for You


Here’s a question for you.  Do you spend more time choosing sunglasses than you do optical glasses?  For most people the answer to that question will be a resounding yes.  Sunglasses are such a crucial fashion accessory; they can transform your look at a stroke and that’s why you spend hours trawling Pinterest to see what the celebs are rocking.  Optical glasses, well they’re more of a tool, aren’t they? You need them for work, you need them for leisure, and you wear them every day.  When you think about it, it doesn’t really make sense, does it?

Glasses are a key part of a person’s appearance and yet people stick with the same old frames, year in year out.  Isn’t it time that you gave as much thought to choosing your glasses as you do to your sunnies?  That doesn’t mean that you can just choose the frame style of your favourite sunglasses and get a pair of optical glasses that are similar, that would be too easy.  Sunglasses block out about 30% of the face, optical glasses frame your eyes, they are two different things.  A great pair of glasses have the same transformative power as a great pair of sunglasses, so the next time you are shopping for a new pair of glasses, don’t just snap up a pair that look ok, give it some time and consideration.

Your Face Shape

There’s a whole universe of advice about this on the Internet, some of it useful, some of it not.  People do have different shaped faces but it’s not the exact science that some websites would have you believe.

Generally speaking, you don’t want to choose a frame that is going to accentuate the shape of your face, so for example, round glasses are not best suited to a round face.  Remember too that your hairstyle will also affect the appearance of your face so what you have to do is to try on lots of different frame styles and not worry too much about following strict guidelines.  Eyewear designer Tom Davies says, ‘It’s all about the brow line’ and getting the top of the frame to match your brow line.

The Fit

This would seem blindingly obvious, but you see so many people with ill-fitting optical glasses nowadays.  The lens should sit as close to your eyes as possible and the width of the frame and the length of the temples should be an exact fit, not an approximate one.

The Brand

By choosing a well-known glasses brand like Prada, Tiffany & Co or Vogue , you can be sure that you are investing in quality workmanship and stylish design.

The Color

The chances are that you have a variety of sunglasses which you pair with different outfits, but optical glasses are something that you wear all the time, so strident quirky frame colors are probably not a good idea.  However, you should give careful consideration to the frame color.  Orange frames work well with blue eyes and red frames look good with green eyes, but a neutral color frame is obviously much more versatile for everyday use.