So here you have it – the “People’s Choice” SKE post! Enjoy :)
When choosing a pair of glasses, be it your first pair or your twenty-first, it can be a nightmare. And invariably just when you find one that suits, fashions change and suddenly you’re out of date and what you want isn’t available anymore. That’s where someone like me comes in, professionally trained to look at someone and have an instinct as to what will suit them (and sometimes more importantly what will suit their prescription!!).
Generally the best advice I can give you is to try on as many frames as you can. Don’t be afraid of frames that you would never have thought of trying on in a million years – sometimes they will be the best ones, trust me! Often somebody will come in and have a set idea of what they want, but when they try it on, it just doesn’t suit them and understandably they’re deflated. Again, it’s MY job to find a similar but more suitable alternative!
Take selfies (I know, #cringe), and if you can, take someone with you for a second opinion. Over time, you will learn what suits you (and what you should definitely steer clear of!). However, if you find yourself alone and staring aimlessly at an endless wall of spectacle frames, here are some simple pointers that helped me out when I first started in this biz and generally do work, however there are obviously always exceptions to the rule…
OVAL - The most balanced face shape - opt for almond shaped frames that are as broad as (or broader than) the widest part of the face, to keep natural balance.
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LONG - Rounded owl shapes and wide frames counteract long, narrow faces, as they create focus around the eye area and add width, making the face more balanced. Avoid frames with thick, dark arms.
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ROUND - Angular, narrow frames are a good choice as they tend to make your face appear longer and your eyes look wider apart.
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SQUARE - Choose curved, narrow styles that are broader than the widest part of your face to soften a strong jaw line and broad forehead.
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HEART - Delicate, round or square styles are the most flattering. Avoid heart-shaped styles that echo the shape of the jaw.
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