Owning glasses isn’t just something to help improve your vision anymore;
glasses can also be a fashion statement, a way of changing your look or complementing your features without doing anything too drastic. A look at any catwalk show will soon tell you: glasses are stylish, and the days of blue or pink NHS frames are long gone.
But even if you’re not interested in fashion, choosing the right frames is very important: you’re probably going to be wearing your glasses more than anything else in your wardrobe, so you need to make sure you feel comfortable and confident in them. Start by looking at your face shape; different shapes will require different sized frames, so check yours and contrast the shape of your glasses with that of your face to ensure your glasses emphasise your best features. So, those with a round face should avoid rounded glasses, and instead go with long, angular glasses to elongate the face and emphasise cheekbones. Similarly, those with a rectangular or square face should choose rounded frames to soften the features, or consider decorative frames to really make a statement.
You also need to take a look at your lifestyle, and think about what you actually need from your glasses. If you wear spectacles everyday then a lighter frame might be more comfortable, especially if you find bigger frames too heavy for long-term use. If you like to play sports or get out into the great outdoors regularly, there are now specific glasses such as
Nike glasse which have been designed to be long-lasting and highly durable, while prescription sunglasses are great for being in the sun without compromising your vision.
Another thing you need to consider when choosing glasses is your colouring, especially that of your hair. As a rule, if you have long hair or a fringe, lighter frames will work better; this is because dark frames will either take attention away from lustrous locks, or work with them to ensure that your facial features are completely lost. Many people can be tempted to choose lighter frames for light or blonde hair, and dark frames for dark hair. While this is a good rule of thumb, dark or black frames can look incredibly striking against blonde hair, especially if you have light eyebrows, conversely dark frames and dark eyebrows can, unfortunately, often look too severe for the face, so you may want to consider a lighter frame.
You can also accessorise your glasses to suit your lifestyle. If you use a computer regularly, you can opt to have a special anti-reflective coating put over the lenses, to reduce the glare from the computer screen and help you focus better. Similarly, anti-scratch glass is a very popular option now, and if your lenses are likely to be particularly thick, you can opt to have them ‘shaved down’ to make them thinner and more comfortable.
Whichever glasses you choose, the most important thing is that you get something you’re comfortable in and that you enjoy wearing. Since you’ll be wearing them a lot, you want to ensure that you feel confident in them, and able to get on with everyday life as normal. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend for advice on which style is best for you, and if all else fails wear them with a big smile and lots of confidence.