Choosing The Right Spectacle Style
Anyone who has ever purchased a pair of spectacles in a store is likely familiar with the never-ending fittings, trying on frame after frame in an attempt to find the perfect pair that complements your facial features. Having to try on multiple pairs of spectacles can be time-consuming and frustrating especially for those of us who tend to be indecisive.
Now that it’s possible to purchase a new pair of spectacles online, all that’s left to do is knowing how to narrow down your choices. Read on as we share some tips on how you can choose the right designer eyewear that accentuates your facial features.
1. Face shape
First off, it helps to know what is your specific face shape as they play a significant role in understanding which spectacle frame will sit well on your face. In order to determine your face shape, pull all of your hair away from your face and look directly into the mirror. Take note of the overall shape and contours of your face and head. As a simple guide, here’s a list of facial shapes that are best matched with different types of spectacle frames:
Because of its symmetrical proportions, an oval face shape is thought to be ideal. Keep the natural balance of an oval face shape by opting for a pair of eyeglasses that have a width equal to or larger than the broadest part of your face.
There is no angular aspect to a round face shape, as it has curved lines of equal width and length. To create the illusion of a thinner and longer face with a round face, try wearing angular, narrow eyeglass frames. People with round face shapes can also opt for wide rectangular frames too!
When selecting spectacle frames online, choose coloured frames of detail prominently displayed on the top of half of the frames, as this will add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face. Cat-eye shapes, for instance, work well on triangular faces.
Faces with a rectangular shape are longer than they are wide, and they have a straight, long cheek line. Try framing a rectangular face with frames that have more depth than width to make it appear shorter and more balanced. A pair of frames that features contrasting or decorative temples can also add width to the face.
An oval face is narrow at the forehead and jawline, and its cheekbones are generally high and dramatic. Try frames with etched detailing or distinctive brow lines in order to enhance the eyes and soften the cheekbones. A spectacle frame with an oval or cat-eye shape works well with diamond-shaped faces.
With a square face shape, the jawline is strong, the forehead is broad, and the width and length of the face are similar. Make a square face look longer and soften its angle by wearing narrow frames, or frames with more width than depth.
2. Skin tone
Choosing the right designer eyewear colour depends on your skin tone. Picking a pair that matches your natural skin tone will prevent the colour combination from appearing flat, which can be unflattering.
There are two primary categories of skin tones: warm and cool. In general, warmer skin tones tend to have yellow or green undertones, while cooler skin tones tend to have a blue or pink undertone. If a person falls into both categories, they may choose based on their eye or hair colour.
Colours that flatter warm skin tones include warm shades of beige, brown, gold, orange, off-white, red, yellow, and green.
In contrast, cooler skin tones complement cool colours, such as black, silver, blue and purple. Tortoiseshell coordinates nicely with either skin tone.
3. Eye colour
Though eye colour doesn’t take as much precedence as skin tone when selecting frames, it’s an alternative for finding the right frame. Usually, people whose eye colours are particularly vivid would prefer a pair of glasses that mimic their eye colour. Here are some suggestions on how to pick frames that match your eye colour:
People with blue eyes do well with nearly any frame colour, but blue or grey tends to work best. The blue brings out your blue eyes, and grey is often an undertone to blue eyes, complementing them well.
Brown-eyed people look their best with earthy colours: browns, greens, and similar hues such as tortoiseshell.
Undoubtedly, vivid green eyes are one of the most uncommon eye colours – if you’re one of the few with this eye colour, then we suggest you pair them with a neutral coloured frame.
Given hazel’s grey undertones, grey frames make a smart pairing. If you prefer something more vibrant, try green frames
How To Choose The Right Spectacle Style
With this exhaustive guide, you won’t have to spend the bulk of your time going through an endless selection of spectacles in stores. Now that it’s much easier for you to narrow down your selection, you can simply filter your choices on our website and get your new pair of spectacles online!
For those who tend to be indecisive, we highly recommend visiting any of our Better Vision outlets. Our friendly eye care practitioners at Better Vision can assist you in choosing the right designer eyewear that can enhance your features whilst correcting your refractive errors. Simply book an appointment on our website and you’re good to go!
Are you ready to find the right frames for your face? Visit our website and start filtering your options today!