Five Ways to Look Good in Glasses
Glasses are another way to play with your look and express your sense of style. But finding the perfect pair that suits your face (and personality) can sometimes be tricky. With a few simple tips, we’re making it easier to find the right frames.
1. Consider your face shape
Select a frame that complements the shape of your face. For example, if you have a round face avoid round frames. Instead, a more angular style will provide a balance to your rounder features. In general, pick a frame that is counter to your natural face shape — as this contrast provides visual intrigue and will complement your look best.
2. Choose the right color
Picking the right color for your frames, and its relation to your skin tone, is a key factor in ensuring your lenses will make you look great. In general, avoid frames that will wash you out and bold, contrasting colors that can be too stark on skin. Neutral materials, like Tortoiseshell or clear acetate, are the most flattering hues on most wearers.
3. Pick the right size
Understanding the difference between an oversized frame and a “deep” frame is also crucial when selecting a pair that works best for you. Oversized frames, those that extend beyond the sides of the face, can be playful and bold — depending on trends and current styles (think Jenna Lyons). But this look can also have the tendency to look silly on certain face shapes and is not conducive to stronger prescriptions. A tasteful “deep” frame is different, and provides the wearer the same bold look.
4. Stay on trend
In order to stay fresh and look younger in your frames, avoid getting stuck in a particular time period for glasses. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! For men, crystal or clear acetate styles have the tendency to look modern and fresh. While women generally look younger in a swept up style that pairs with the angles of one’s face and complements the browline. Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jennifer Aniston and Tina Fey are all examples of men and women who stay on trend with their eye wear — and end up looking cooler in the process.
5. Always make adjustments
Once you’ve picked your perfect frames, be sure to get your glasses adjusted from all angles. This includes straight across your face, but also from the sides to complement your ears. It’s important to get the balance just right for your unique face, otherwise your frames can look awkward and unpolished.
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