Choosing Your Perfect Eyeglass Frames

Today I want to help you with choosing your perfect eyeglass frames. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the frames around them should reflect the wearer. Because people generally recognize you by your face, the eyeglasses you choose to wear are a very real part of your identity. Whether you want to appear sophisticated, youthful, conservative or style-conscious, the right eyewear can help you shape how you are perceived, and if you choose to wear only one pair of frames for everything you do; that says a lot about you too.

For some celebrities, glasses form part of their identity. Comedian Drew Carey continued to wear glasses for this reason even after getting corrective laser eye surgery. John Lennon wore his round lens spectacles from his time with the Beatles to his death. Elton John is still noted for wearing odd coloured glasses. In pop culture, glasses was the only disguise Superman needed to hide his alter ego, Clark Kent.

Matching Eyeglass Frames to Face Shapes

Here are some general tips when choosing eyeglass frames:

  1. Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature, e.g. a blue frame to match blue eyes.

  2. The frame size should be in scale with your face size.

  3. And most important, the frame shape should contrast your face shape.

So if you have a round face made up mostly of soft curves, you’ll look best in angular or square frames. And if you have a more angular or narrow face (rectangular or square), go for a rounded style. If your face is heart shaped, try something delicate like semi-rimless or rimless style, to balance the narrowness of the chin. For those with an oval face, you are free to experiment, since any style will suit you.

The key is to avoid a round shape frame on a round face, because contrast is what creates emphasis and balances your features.

What Do Your Frames Say About You?

Your choice of frames can either show people the real you or it can create an image you want them to see. The idea is to choose an eyeglass frame to match your personality and lifestyle; What activities do you take part in? What type of work do you do? What do you need your spectacles for?

Most people benefit from more than one pair of eyeglasses for different occasions, just as you would need more than one pair of shoes, for sport, cocktail parties, office etc.

So, are you a fast paced business man, an outdoor enthusiast, a busy mum, a pensioner or a student? Are you a creative person, like an artist? Or like most people, do you have a lifestyle with a number of different activities?

Here are some tips when choosing eyeglass frames for your specific lifestyle.

1. Eyeglasses for Serious Business

A conservative looking frame works best. It looks professional and will instill trust and confidence in you business clients and colleagues.

-Try to avoid bright colours and unusual shapes.

-Titanium and stainless steel are always good choices

-Rimless and semi-rimless gives that professional look in frame styles.

In terms of colour, silver, gunmetal, brown and black are recommended for men.

Brown, golden tones, silver and burgundy are good choices for women.

2. Eyeglasses for The Creative

Show your creative side with modern shapes and geometric designs. Thicker and larger plastic frames work well. Try unusual colours like blue, green and purple. Multi coloured frames are another possibility.

3. Frames for the Modern Baby Boomer or Senior

Just because you are eligible for pension, doesn’t mean you should wear stodgy, old fashioned frames. Those huge old fashioned metal frames in aviator shapes should be thrown out! Everyone wants to look young and modern. Your frames should be uplifting for the face such as upswept rectangles for men and cat eye shapes for women. Certain colours can also make you look younger. A slight shine to a frame adds life to the face of a woman. Avoid dull, boring colours.

4. Frames for Campus

University or college is a time to develop your own identity and show your style.

On campus, there are no constraints. So you have the freedom to choose bright eye catching colours, unusual shapes and interesting details. These are all available in a number of brand names.

5. Eyewear for the Busy Mum or Dad

For a busy parent, with little time to worry about the latest trends, a basic yet stylish pair of spectacles works best.

Ovals, upswept rectangles and soft cat eye shapes are very functional and still look great. Depending on you personal style, you could try a basic frame shape with details of diamante accents or a recognizable designer logo.

Colours such as plum, deep red, light green and black can also add a fashion edge to a basic frame.

6. Glasses for the Weekend Warrior

Most adults live dual lives- their normal 9 to 5 weekday life and their more active life on the weekends. Just as dress shoes are wrong for the gym, your regular 9 to 5 glasses are the wrong choice for sport and active wear. For the best comfort, performance and safety during “weekend warrior” hours, choose at least one pair of sport sunglasses or sport eyeglasses. See blog on Sports Vision.


We all like convenience. But the truth is, there are many aspects to your life and personality. And to complement your multi- dimensional lifestyle, you need more than one pair of eyeglasses. New frames are a great way to update your look without buying a whole new wardrobe.

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