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A guideline for choosing glasses styles

How to choose glasses that match your face shape, features and size can be confusing as there is a large selection of spectacles styles and colour.

 

Tip: A good start is to aim for the frame colour that is the best feature of your face. Eg hair colour, eye colour etc  

 

Colour of spectacle frames.

Glasses frames with bold colours may suit darker hair and complexions.

Lighter glasses colour  may suit those with long hair - because the hair may be the striking feature of the person and so may not want spectacles to clash.

 

If you have striking eye colour - then try matching it with the colour of the frames.

 

Nose size and glasses

Long noses - go for frames that rest lower on the nose as it can appear to shorten the length of the nose.

 

A bridge of the frame is the middle section that sits on the nose.

 

Short noses - go for frames that sit higher with a high set bridge.

 

A wide nose - can be flattened by a wide bridge

Narrow nose - can appear to be flatter by a high bridge.

 

 

Glasses Frame Thickness

Rimless glasses are useful for those who want to be discreet.

The rimless glasses have no outside frame - just the lenses. The rimless glasses may also suit lighter or greyer colour hair - and also suit those with paler complexions.

 

A high glasses prescription may not work well in rimless or thin metal frames - as the thickness may show up.

 

TIP - with a high glasses prescription, go for a smaller glasses frame - as then the lenses wont be as thick.  Also try to get  thinner lenses - see Choice of Lenses

 

A thicker glasses frame may help to hide the thickness of a high strength glasses prescription too.  

Some choose a strong bold plastic frame so they can make a statement with the glasses frame standing out.

Face Shape and Glasses Style

A round face may suit a rectangular glasses frame style.

An oval face - go for glasses that are as wide as the broadest part of the face.

A square face - try narrow oval glasses frames.

For more detailed discussion and finding out your face shape, click on Glasses and Facial Shapes for more information.

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