So you need a new pair of glasses, maybe a first pair or just looking to update? These are the tips for you. With all of the choices out there it can certainly be overwhelming. The first thing you need to do is throw away any ideas of what you “should” be wearing, and open your mind to new possibilities. Too often I have patients come in and say “I can only wear X kind of frame”, when that is not the case at all! In least to most important, here are the five things to consider when getting new glasses.
Oh, you thought this would be the most important? Guess again. This is a straight up sales technique. Shape is only moderately important, and in my opinion outdated. If you really want to base your choice on shape, a general rule is to get a shape that is the opposite of yours. Round face gets an angular frame, and angular face gets a round frame. If you’re oval you’re lucky because *sales person voice* you can wear anything! But really it’s up to you, and what you personally like. Edna Mode didn’t apologize for having a round face and round glasses, now did she?
Now we’re getting somewhere. Color is important in regards to skin tone, eyes, hair, and wardrobe. If you have fair skin and hair, a dark frame can look harsh. While on the flip side a frame that is too light can make you look washed out. If you have dark skin and hair you basically look good in every color! (it’s just a fact) If you’d like a little dimension, some frames come in ombre, or have a different patterns on the inside. This breaks up the color and prevents it from looking too solid.
Your eyes can be taken into account as well. You should see if a certain color makes them pop. Also, notice the color in regards to what you wear. Many people like neutral glasses that go with everything, but neutral can mean blue, clear, brown, black, or tortoise. Think about what you wear on a day to day basis and what would go best. It’s all about what you like! Which leads me to the next category…..
3. Personal Style
This is where it gets fun. Glasses are an accessory you wear every day! Treat it as a way to show off your personality. If you’re not exactly sure how to do that, just go to the store and try some on. It’s free to look and most opticians will be happy to help you out. Think about what you like to see on other people. Is there anyone in media who’s glasses you like? (Jackie O’s sunglasses are STILL legendary) Browse through pinterest and see what sticks out to you. Research current trends and styles. Think of it as a creative expression of who you are.
While maybe not the most interesting of the five points, it is one of the most important. Basically, don’t get a frame that is too big or too small for your head. This is why it’s a good idea to go to your local optical shop as opposed to online. You can try the frame on and see how it feels. If it is a plastic frame, be aware of how the bridge sits. If it is too large there will be gaps, causing the frame to slide down. If it’s too tight it will pinch and leave red marks. The temples (aka the “arms”) of the glasses should be long enough to bend behind your ear, but not so long that it goes past it. Any optician or frame stylist will be able to tell if the frame is just not the right size for you. However if you have your heart set on one it doesn’t hurt to ask if it can be ordered in a different size.
Yep we’re going the cheesy route folks. All that matters is that a frame fits you, and that you like it. It’s your face, and your eyes. Have fun and be confident in what you want to wear, and you can pull off any pair of glasses. Just ask Elton John.