Nearly 60 percent of us Brits wear glasses, but do we wear right the pair? Possibly not is the answer. Me myself being one of the spectacled masses, i have to say it’s one of the hardest things i have to do bi-annually. Getting the right specs I have to say is no mean feat, given the plethora of different styles and silhouettes.
Keeping your peepers supported with top quality lenses that hold the perfect prescription for you is vital for long term, consistent eye care whatever the season, as well as being an accessory for your look, whatever your personal style.
First things first though, working out your face shape to determine what frame will work for you is vital when choosing a pair of glasses.
The first step is to decide what your face shape is – so is it round, oblong, oval, diamond, triangle, square, or heart-shaped. Take a photo of yourself directly facing the camera and use a piece of tracing paper to outline the edge of your face to work out your face shape.
No camera? Then look in the mirror and with an erasable pen (or even some lipstick), trace the outline of your face on the mirror – whatever you do, just make sure you can wipe it off afterwards!
And yes, I know that this sounds a bit odd but it works! I promise!
Whether you’ve got a round, oblong, diamond or oval-shaped face, find out what glasses suit you with my guide to the right frames below…
Go for sharp looking frames. Rectangle shapes work well because they enhance the sharp, chiselled nature of your face. If you can, keep an eye out for frames that are wider and tapered downwards slightly – both of these elements will help to shorter and wider.
As a triangular face is top-heavy, your aim is to broaden the appearance of the chin and proportion throughout the face. Look out for thin, light metal or clear plastic frames that have broader bottom halves – or some form of design interest towards the bottom of the frame – to add balance to the lower section of your face.
Much like a triangular face, the aim with a diamond face is to add balance to your higher forehead and narrower chin.However, in contrast to those with triangular faces, you’ll want to look out for frames with top-heavy detailing and rounder edges to soften your no-doubt razor-sharp cheekbones.
The key to styling a square face is to soften the defined lines.This can be achieved by selecting rounder, more circular styles (especially in a teardrop shape). Look out for styles with thinner metal frames as these will look less heavy as opposed to darker acetate or wooden frames.
Well done, you’ve won the genetic jackpot – most frame shapes look great on you as you’ve got both gently rounded and defined elements within your face. Teardrop lenses look great on an oval face (especially ones that are slightly squared off), but oversized or bold shapes such as aviators are best. The only styles to be careful of are thin wrap-around or strong, rectangular frames – but if you’re particularly wedded to these styles, you can probably pull them off no problem.
Look out for angular frames. These will make your face appear less round by adding structure. If you’re going angular then make a statement. It’s even better for a man with a round face shape to go bold because it’ll highlight the angles of your features.