Glasses are primarily tools to ensure you can see properly and to help your body maintain healthy vision in the long term. However, they’re also a great piece to add to your outfits. Optical frames can be worn as a fashion accessory to represent your personality and increase the individuality of your outfit. The history of using glasses for causes beyond functionality can date back to the 1970s; prior to this, optical frames were purely used for medical reasons. As the years went on, glasses went in and out of fashion until the early 2000s; since then, they have always been represented in fashion. This does not mean that the style of optical frames that is popular has remained stagnant. Shapes, colours and sizes that were on trend have fluctuated, and we predict this will be the case in the future too.
However, as trends come and go, it is still important to make sure that you’re choosing optical frames to suit your face. It may be that a certain style is in fashion, but it does not enhance your features; this is where we would say to go against the grain and step into your own fashion trend. It can be tricky to know how to choose the right optical frames for you, but we have a few tips that may help.
Consider your face shape
The first tip we have for you is to consider your face shape. This is vital when choosing a pair of glasses as they must complement your features. You can identify your face shape by simply pushing the hair away from your face and analysing in the mirror what shape your face resembles the closest. The most common face shapes are oblong, diamond, square, heart, round and oval. Once you’ve identified your face shape, you can then research which style of glasses would look best with your features.
There are clear optical frames that suit specific face shapes. For example, with an oblong face shape, you may consider avoiding heavy rectangular glasses as they will make your face seem longer.
Consider your personal style
This may not seem relevant to choosing frames that suit your face, but the reality is that fashion changes everything. If you wear lots of colour and bold outfits, you may like to compliment this by having suitably bold glasses. Even if this shape may not traditionally fit your face shape, it will blend with your outfit and you’ll be able to style it well. On the contrary, if you wear bright colours, you may opt for a more neutral colour of glasses as this will seamlessly integrate with all of your ensembles.
Do they fit right?
This is very important, not only for your optical health but also to ensure they suit your face. It is common to try on a pair of optical frames at the opticians and think they don’t flatter your features. This can be rectified by adjusting the glass’s fit to your face. However, sometimes your features just don’t complement a particular style of glasses.
When choosing optical frames to suit your face, it’s recommended you research carefully and have a clear idea of what you’re looking for. This being said, you may find yourself wandering into a shop and finding the perfect pair! If it isn’t quite as easy as that, follow our tips and ensure you find out your face shape before committing to a pair of glasses. However, the most important thing is that you like them! You will be the one wearing these frames, so if you like them, that’s all that matters.