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How To Choose The Right Eyeglass Frames For Your Face And Lifestyle

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 8

dog (31014)
Do you walk into the eye doctor's office and dread picking out the right frames? Do you ever make a choice only to regret it later on? Are you unsure of what type of frames you should be choosing? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on for some tips on choosing the right eyeglasse frames for your face and lifestyle. Hopefully something you read here will make your next trip to the optometrist a little less stressful and a little more fun!

The first thing you'll want to take into account is the shape of your face. If you're unsure what your face shape is, ask someone else. The receptionist, nurse, or eye doctor in your optometrist's office can be very helpful in this aspect - they've done this before! Once you have an idea of your face shape, you want to choose a frame that contrasts your shape. So, if you have a round face, stay away from a round frame, they will just make your face appear even rounder. Go for angular shapes with more defined corners. If you have a square or angular face, choose something with a gentler shape to it, perhaps an oval look will suit you. Don't be afraid to ask the employees for help. They are very experienced in this and can be a valuable tool as they will give you their honest opinion.

You also need to be aware of where the glasses are sitting on your face. Your eyes should be centered in the frame to avoid looking like they don't fit correctly. Your eyebrows should align with the top edge of the frame. If the frames are above your brows, try a shorter frame, if you have high brows, try something in a taller style. There should be a little bit of space between the sides of the frame and your face. If the sides of the frame are touching your face, it can appear like the frame is too small or that you've gained weight in the face (and who needs that?)

A big consideration for me is the nosepiece. I can't stand the type that are flush with the frame because I feel like they end up sliding down more and I don't like the "nose bar" between the two lenses to touch my nose. The nosepieces that sit out from the frame are also much more adjustable so if I find out, a week after I get my glasses, that they aren't sitting on the right place on my nose, it's an easy fix to have the technicians adjust them.

As if there wasn't enough decisions to make already, you need to decide whether you want a plastic or metal frame. There are good and bad points with both. Metal frames can be a little heavier but are more adjustable for a more custom fit. While plastic frames, on the other hand, are very lightweight but can't be adjusted much. I, personally, prefer plastic. They come in more colors, and I like the fact that they are lightweight as my glasses are always sliding down. Also, I tend to bend or twist metal frames out of whack!

Another thing you may want to think about is your wardrobe. If most of your clothes are in the brown family, a black frame probably isn't the way to go because it may end up looking too sharp or heavy. Your spectacle frames don't need to match every outfit you own, but if your clothes tend to be from one color family, a complementary frame color will look more natural. Even though you may really like those hot pink frames, if you usually wear red or navy, they could end up looking costume-like! When deciding on a color, you can opt for one that complements your eye color and really makes them stand out. If you have blue eyes, try a blue or brown frame and notice what they do for the color of your eyes. Also, when choosing a color, decide whether or not you want to make a statement with your glasses or if you would rather have them blend in and look more like a part of your features. If you're generally the type that doesn't like their clothing to stand out and tend to be more conservative, you might not want to go crazy and pick up a wild color on a whim.

If you're the type of person who likes to take a poll from coworkers or friends before making a decision, many optometrist's offices will allow you to take a selection of frames home with you for a time. This way, you can get lots of opinions and perspectives and you can also wear them around the house to see if they will be comfortable after hours of wear. There are also places where you can return your frames within a certain amount of time if you don't like them, and continue returning them until you find a pair you are comfortable with.

lady (31016)
Whichever pair you decide on, don't get too hung up on it, wondering if they really look okay. Chances are that you're the only one obsessing over your glasses. You can always pick up two pairs so that you have a fun, funky style and one for more conservative days - the doctor's office will love you for that! Also keep in mind the current eyewear trends. Don't go too fashionable unless you plan on replacing them next season. If you're like me, you only get new glasses about once every 4 years, so the style has to stand the test of time. I also always recommend the anti-glare coating on your lenses though, it makes a big difference, especially in photos! Have fun when choosing the right eyeglass frames for your face and lifestyle, think of your new specs as an accessory or an extension of your personality. Your glasses don't have to be boring - they can make a statement and tell something about your personality. What do you want to say?


Oct 30, 2010 2:08pm
Great tips about eyeglasses and eyeglass frames. ... And, I love the pictures of the dog and the kid!
Oct 30, 2010 2:14pm
Thanks for reading and the great comments!
Oct 30, 2010 5:41pm
I am wearing a pair of glasses I bought 5 years ago that I never really liked. I am in the market for new ones now. This has been a help.
Oct 30, 2010 6:27pm
thanks for reading! I too need some new specs, it just always feels like you're throwing your money away, but I know your eyes are a good investment!
Oct 30, 2010 7:23pm
I went to the eye doctor this week and my glasses gave me better vision than she could give with all her fancy gear. She said there was no reason for me to get new glasses. I did not get the prescription information to get new glasses because she could not dial in my eyesight. But I still had to pay for the visit. That was throwing money away. Still a bit wrinkled about it.
Oct 30, 2010 7:38pm
Ouch! That's the problem with the medical community sometimes, there's no such thing as "customer service"!
Oct 31, 2010 12:10am
Nice tips - anyway besides of wearing glasses - do you know that there are some exercises that helps you get rid of glasses? Ever heard? Ever tried?
Oct 31, 2010 12:13am
I know there are exercises to increase the strength of your eyes, but I have an astigmatism (sp?) so it wouldn't help much!
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