Looks matter too, and there are certain guidelines that can help you find the most flattering frames that are suitable for you.
While we wear glasses for the vision assistance they provide, aesthetics do matter--as they do with anything else we wear on a regular basis. You want your glasses to compliment yourself, not draw the wrong sort of attention by looking out of place.
These days there is no shortage of styles and colors for your glasses. While this means that there is sure to be something for you, having just so much variety can make the task of finding that right one feel overwhelming at times.
While a lot of what makes a pair of glasses look good on you, to you, comes down to personal opinion, there are colors and frame shapes that most people would agree are the best fit for your face. To explore that, we’ll look at the two main aspects of your face that can impact what looks best on you: skin tone and face shape.
More so than your hair or eye color (though these play a part as well), your skin tone should harmonize well with the color of your glasses. You will want to select a shade that is close to your skin tone and which will enhance your natural complexion and make you look vibrant and healthy. Frames that clash with your complexion can stand out more than they should, and even make you look sickly.
While the precise shade that suits you best can only be determined by looking at various options yourself, there are some general observations that can help guide you.
Warm skin tones are those that can be described as having a yellow, bronze, or golden cast to them. For these skin tones, you are best off avoiding contrasting colors like pastels, along with black and white. Better color options would be things like various shades of brown, gold, honey, beige, or olive green.
Cool skin tones are generally considered to have blue or pink undertones. You will want to avoid colors that will wash you out and choose colors like black, silver, pink, blue, or gray.
When purchasing glasses in our physical store, our optician will be able to make additional suggestions (the color suggestions listed above are not the only options for either warm or cool skin tones), and when purchasing online sites will likely have at least general color suggestions for you. (Some will also allow you to upload a picture of yourself to better get a sense of how various glasses options will look on you.)
However, bear in mind that everyone is different, and that general suggestions are not rules. What’s most important is that you’re happy with how you look in your new glasses.
Face shape is something we don’t often think about, but it very much plays a role in how a pair of glasses looks on your face.
To start to get a sense of your face shape you can pull your hair away from your face as you look into a mirror. Pay attention to the shape and contours of your face and head.
Ideally, you want your frame style to compliment your features. For example; angular frames can balance the features of rounder faces, while rounder frames can soften your appearance if you have more angular facial features.
Below is a quick overview of several primary face shapes and some recommendations of frame types that will look best/should be avoided for each. Generally speaking, frames should have balanced proportions in relation to the face, so you will want frames that are at least as wide as the broadest part of your face.
Generally speaking, a good rule of thumb here is that opposites attract. You will want frames that will contrast with your facial contours to make your look more balanced and symmetrical.
With so many aspects of glasses style and fit to consider, it can both be a relief to have a professional help with your selection. Additionally, trained professionals know how to tell whether a particular pair of glasses is a proper fit from a comfort perspective, and having a second set of eyes is extremely helpful in determining if the color or shape is a good fit for your face. For these reasons, seeking professional assistance in making a selection is highly recommended.
While eyeglasses are, primarily, medical devices, as something you may be wearing often, how they look on your face matters too. However, with many factors to consider, it can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, we’re here to help. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our opticians would be more than happy to help you pick out glasses that both fit well and look great.