Choosing Glasses That Fit You
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So we understand how difficult it is to choose a frame just based on it’s internet picture and description.
Our helpful tips to choose the perfect pair of glasses should help, but here, you can always “try before you buy”!
Finding new glasses that suit your face is a must as your frames play a big role in your overall appearance.
Different glasses have the ability to highlight or downplay certain features so when searching for a new pair of spectacles the endless myriad of choices can be overwhelming.
While everyone has unique characteristics and most peoples face won’t fit any universal standard, there are several basic face shapes that pair well with the general stylings of eyeglass frames.
I recommend this handy guide for determining the best glasses for your face shape.
When all the dust settles, comfort is ultimately the most important aspect of anything you wear.
Utility really is everything, and as we often say here at Image Optometry – ‘function is destiny’.
Think about it, if you’re glasses aren’t comfortable, or if they don’t function in the way that you expected them to, (if they don’t have the proper angle, coverage or fit) then what benefit are they to you sitting inside your glasses case?
If you can’t wear them, then what use are they?
When you choose a pair of glasses; consider their most basic form, there are actually only two ways to go.
At Image, we often ask; “are you a ‘nose pad’ type, or are you a ‘no-nose’ pad type?”
I’m a ‘no-nose’ pad type.
Nose pads get on my nerves (actually they get on the nerves of my nose and bug me)!
But then, in one aspect, I’m lucky to have a choice.
As I have a prominent bridge to my own nose, I could theoretically choose either eyeglasses with nose pads or without.
Those with small noses, or small/flattened bridges don’t have the luxury of choice and are destined to wear frames with nose pads (otherwise the frame would ride on their cheeks rather than properly dispersing the frame’s weight across the nose and ears.
But ‘nose pad’ wearing folks do have the added benefit of the ability to better customize the fit of the frame to the unique anatomical characteristics their own face might have.
If you have a crooked nose or other unique facial characteristics, for instance, nose pads allow for more adjustment options and better manipulation of the frame’s fit and are more apt to provide better overall comfort.
So, the first thing you want to consider it what kind of style you want then make sure they fit comfortably.
You can have super thin wire frames that are more basic, or more bold, chunky, bolder styles of frames.
Typically, the thicker the frame, the bolder the fashion statement – but remember, fundamentally that they fit you comfortably.
Make sure that when you try on glasses and you look in the mirror the temple arms aren’t bending outwards from your head, or bending inwards.
This reveals if the frame is too large or too small for your face size.
They should be essentially parallel to the side of your head and even with the width of your head.
Next, be sure that the temple arms are long enough to reach to the back of your ears, but not too long leaving any resultant frame arm visible at the bottom of your ear when looking at you from face to face.
Temple arms are adjustable, but only to a certain extent, we can’t lengthen or shorten them unless a longer/shorter temple arm is in fact, available in that specific model.
As far as color choices go, if you choose a brown or grey tone that matches your own hair’s tone, that will display as rather conservative or basic.
If, however, your eyeglass frames are a bright color or hue, that may read as a statement or a bolder look.
Then there’s the whole color spectrum in between that are well represented in the tens of thousands of frames that we, here at Image Optometry keep in stock for our online inventory.
Remember, there really are no rules; you should wear what makes YOU comfortable – these are only guidelines.
A rectangle style of frame, especially one that has a short lens height (a shallow frame height – measured vertically from the bottom of the frame to the top) is again, more basic, everyday conservative.
A deeper (from top to bottom) frame whether round or square will typically exude more of a fashion statement.
If you want to know what frame shape fits your face shape, check out this blog: Pick The Best Frame That Fits Your Face Shape.
Here at Image Optometry, our staff are trained to follow these four essential fitting checks before your glasses are ultimately built.
1. Eyebrows – It’s okay if the frame slightly touches them, but don’t let your eyebrows appear to be inside (creating a ‘uni-brow’ look) or above the top of your frame making you appear perpetually surprised. The top of the frame should essentially lie right in the middle.
2. Nose – frames should comfortably fit the bridge of your nose like a saddle fits across the back of a horse. Their shouldn’t be a substantial gap at the top or the sides of the glasses’ bridge.
3. Cheeks – you never want the frame to rest on your cheeks especially when you’re in a neutral facial expression (like posing for your Passport). If you make an exaggerated smile or grimace, the bottom of the frames shouldn’t rise up on your face. This is certainly a ‘no-no’. If when you smile the glasses push up on your face, you could risk them falling off, and you also move the optic center of the lens that is supposed to correspond with the center of your pupil – effectually altering your prescription. Furthermore, the close fitting frame can potentially create a vapor shield and your glasses will have a greater tendency to fog up.
4. Pupils – this may be the most important consideration. Be sure that your pupil appears in the CENTER (left to right) of the lens. It doesn’t have to be exactly centered left to right, or top to bottom, but as close as possible. So… make sure you don’t pick frames that are too big or too small when sizing a frame.
Here at Image Optometry, our glasses are designed to have your perfect prescription built into the center of the lens and our tech’s are well aware of the ‘Goldilocks’ principal when choosing the exact frame that isn’t too big, nor too small, but just right!
If for example your pupils appear too close to the nasal side of the frame, then it will appear that all of your facial features are ‘squished’ up together.
To avoid the uni-brow look, the top of the frames should sit just below the brow bone or brow ridge.
Make sure the frames fit the bridge of your nose, like a saddle would sit on a horse.
There should be little to no gap between the top of your nose and the frame, nor should there be an exaggerated gap on the sides, but they shouldn’t pinch your nose either.
When looking in the mirror, your pupils reside near the vertical and horizontal middle of the frame.
Now that you’ve decided if you’re a ‘nose-pad’ or ‘no-nose-pad’ type we can proceed to actual frame shapes that best suit you.
Frame shapes, not unlike basic face shapes – fall under four common categories.
Round Face– think of someone like Mila Kunis. She has the classic ’round’ face – softer features, softer jawline in a circular or round face characterized by a similar face-width and face-height also like Kanye West. Square or rectangle frames balance these softer features, frames that appear to be more structured and symmetrical will help create the illusion of angles, and slightly upswept upper corners will help narrow and balance the facial features.
Square Face – think of Angelina Jolie or Ryan Seacrest. If you have a square face, your features are angular and strong – your forehead, jaw and cheekbones are approximately the same width and your jawline is sharp and well defined. Choose frames that are wider than your cheek bones for balance. Round and oval frames will soften your features and harmonize your appearance – don’t be afraid to rock the cat eye frames either.
Oval Face – Jake Gyllenhaal, or Beyonce. Oval faces are defined by counterbalanced features. The facial length is about one and a half it’s width and the chin is slightly narrower than the hairline. Oval is the most versatile. While oval faces have the luxury enabling them to get away with almost any eyeglass shape, the best choices will maintain proportionate symmetry with an up swept, square and rectangle shape. Oversized styles will also complement your features.
Heart-shaped Face – Reese Witherspoon or Ryan Gosling. The cheeks are slightly wider than the forehead, and the forehead is significantly wider than the jawline, and the chin is often pointed. Wayfarer, oval and round shaped frames can help bring harmony to the different facial widths. Rimless styles are also well suited for heart shapes.
Maybe you’re a little bit of everything?
No problem, simply determine if your face tends to be more angular or curved then choose frames in a contrasting or opposing shape.
If you’re round, pick square, if you’re square, move towards softer, rounder styles.
So if you haven’t picked out those new glasses, and had a hard time reading this blog, we’ve made a video stating all of the same information right here: