Eyeglasses have made an upgrade from being a mere necessity to a fashion accessory. Today, you can find people with perfect vision sporting a frame just to look cool or give out a certain appeal.
Thanks to celebrities and social influencers, people are now looking up to specs to change their appearance, improve how they look or make a strong fashion statement. But, as there are so many choices available in frame shape, colour and lenses, first-time buyers mostly end up making the wrong choice.
If you don’t want this to happen to you, we’ll tell you some handy tips to hit the right frame in just one go.
Mind your face shape
For most of us or maybe all of us, the most important thing when choosing glasses is making sure they look good on our face.
While most face shapes are a mix of shapes and angles, they can be categorised into six broad categories.
An oval face shape is ideal as its balanced proportions look great no matter which frames style you pick. To keep the natural symmetry intact, choose frames that are wider than the widest part of your face.
For the best effect, choose walnut-shaped frames that are neither too narrow nor too deep. Aviator glasses also suit an oval face shape as they have the perfect combination of angles and curves.
A square-shaped face is defined by similar width throughout the forehead, cheekbones and jawline. Glasses that’ll soften your angles and add length to your face are perfect.
You could pick round glasses to contrast your natural features. A pair of rectangular glasses will work just fine for your symmetry. Choose thin full rim glasses to give a slimmer appearance to your face.
To hide the fact that your face is almost twice its width, you need glasses that add width to your face. Glasses with embellished temple arms will lend an illusion of depth to your facial structure making it appear shorter.
You may also try glasses with dual-tone frames. They have a dark colour on the upper rim that gradually fades away towards the bottom.
A round face has curvy features with similar length and width and no angles. Angular frame styles in rectangular or square shapes are the safest options for you.
Another great silhouette for you is cat-eye style. As the frame is extended from the top, it will make your face look narrow and long.
Play up your narrow chin and forehead with distinctive browline frames. Cat-eye or oval glasses are the best frame styles that’ll bring width to your eye line and get eyes on your pronounced cheekbones. Avoid boxy frames as they will focus attention on your narrow features.
These face shapes features a broad forehead and full cheekbones with a pointed chin. To create a balance between your brow area and chin, try aviators or walnut-shaped glasses.
Frames with low set temples and decorative bottom rims will add width to the lower part of your face.
Choose the right colour
Just as your face shape determines the best frame shape, your natural colour palette decides the right frame colour for you.
Your skin tone is an even more important aspect than your hair or eye colour when choosing the right glasses for your face.
Warm skin tone
If your skin is more on the yellow, golden or bronze side of the colour palette, then you have a warm skin tone. Pastel hues will look unnatural on your skin.
Stick to warmer shades in golden, brown, honey, beige, red, orange or tortoiseshell for your eyeglass frame. If you can’t make up your mind, get a free home trial for glasses and check how the frame colour is looking against your skin tone.
Cool skin tone
If you have a pinkish or bluish cast to your skin, then you have a cool skin tone. Colorless frames or light pastel hues will make you look washed out.
Rich vibrant hues such as purple, pink, silver, grey, mauve, blue, dark tortoiseshell, and black frames will suit your natural coloring.
The frames you wear reveal a lot about your personality. You can have a quirky frame that showcases your fun-loving and playful side on the weekend. And you can also have a classic black rectangular frame to go with your business attire.