This guide is useful for both vision correction glasses and sunglasses.
1. Eyebrows and the top of the frame need to be parallel or the same shape – don’t create a new brow shape with the frame of your glasses.
2. Arms – the arms of the glasses need to be horizontal – not sloping up or down from your ear to the frames.
3. Shape of the glasses needs to relate to your face – if you’ve a curvy face, then curvy glasses will look better, if your face is angular, angular glasses will do you justice.
4. Weight of the frame should relate to your own scale – if you’re petite, or very slim, then a lightweight frame is best, a heavy frame will overwhelm your features. If you have large features, you’ll need larger glasses/frames to provide balance.
5. Your eye should sit in the centre of the frame, both horizontally and vertically..
6. The colour of the frame is dictated by your colouring, if you’re light in hair/eye/skin toning, don’t wear black framed glasses.
7. The width of the frames should not extend past your temples (unless you’re making a statement – think Dame Edna), nor should they be narrower than your temples.
8. The bridge (bit between the eyes) should only be heavy if you’ve very wide set eyes, otherwise this will make your eyes look closer together. If you’ve a large nose, make sure you don’t have a high heavy bridge as this will emphasise the size of your nose. A low light bridge is best for you.
9. If you wear glasses all day every day, consider rimless glasses, they’re great at making the wearer look like they’re almost not wearing glasses at all, and providing a better platform for communication with others.
When was the last time you bought a new pair of glasses? Old frames can date your look really quickly and make you look old before your time. If you have not had a new pair of frames in the past two or three years, it is definitely time to update your look.
© Imogen Lamport 2010
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