The Right Frame For You
Welcome to a whole new world! There are so many different types and styles of eyeglass frames, you could never try them all on. At Lifetime Vision Care we maintain a comprehensive selection for all age groups and activity levels. We offer designer and high fashion frames as well as attractive styles for the budget-conscious.
Getting to Know Your Taste
Need help choosing a new pair of glasses? Most people do. So, what’s your best move? Where can you find the frame that is exactly right for your face? Do you settle for whatever your insurance pays for? Do you just get whatever Mom says to get? Do you let your wife pick them out? Or maybe you crave fashion, you need a frame to make others stop and ask: “Wow! Where’d you get your glasses?”
At Lifetime Vision Care, we have expert stylists with years of experience to assist you, so you’ll never have to “go it alone” and hope that you make the right choice. For a some insight into how our professionals assist you, we have prepared the following short course in eyewear selection just for you.
Lesson One: Frame Styles and Manufacturers
Getting to know the styles is our first lesson: the web links below are loaded with detailed information about our manufacturers’ styles. Try each link to get an “up close and personal” look at the some of the best frame designers from around the world. Take your time and study up. There won’t be a pop-quiz, but the “final exam” is how the world responds to the choices that you’ll make!
Lesson Two: What shape of face do you have?
The shape of your face is the single largest factor to consider in choosing a frame. Some general rules apply here. We usually want to avoid frames that mimic the shape of your face–so, no square frames for square faces, and probably no round frames for round faces. The frame shape should contrast with, and compliment, the shape of your face.
So, what if you’re not sure of the shape? How can you figure it out?
First begin by looking in the mirror. Try to picture a dot on either side of your forehead, eyebrow, cheek, jaw and chin. Then, visually connect the dots. You could also physically draw the same dots on a photograph and connect the dots. While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square.
A round face has curved lines with the height and length in nearly the same proportion and no sharp angles. To make the round face appear thinner and longer, we recommend you try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.
The oval face is considered to be almost the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. Most frame styles can be adapted to this face shape.To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as the broadest part of the face, and not simply too large or small. Selecting for this face style may be more about the details, color and finish of the frame than about the shape.
The oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make the face appear shorter and more balanced, you will wnat to try frames that have a deep top-to-bottom dimension. Wide or decorative contrasting temples will add height to the face. A fairly large, double bar, or low bridge to will appear to shorten the nose.
The triangular face has a narrow forehead that widens toward the bottom at the cheek and chin areas. To add height and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, you will want to try frames that are a bit heavier at the sides. Heavily accented with color and perhaps some detailing on the top half or cat-eye (harlequin) shapes can also be beneficial.
This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third, with usually a angular or sometimes pointed chin. To minimize the angular nature of the face, styles that are more rounded will help. To minimize the height of the top of the face, you will want to try frames that are a bit wider at the bottom, and narrower at the top. Dark frames usually do not do well for this shape and light colors and materials work better. Rimless frame styles do well.
Diamond-shaped faces are narrower above the brow line and jawline, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. Most shapes will work well as long as they are not too large and hide the cheekbones. You’ll want to try frames that have artistic detailing or distinctively shapes brow lines. Rimless frames, oval or even cat-eye shapes can work well.
A square face has a wide, strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the height and length are in the nearly the same proportion. To make the square face look longer and soften the angles, we try frames that have more height than depth and narrow ovals. Although this shape can sometimes use a round frame, additional detailing may help to soften the severe look of a round frame.
Lesson 3: Frame Size – Is Bigger Better? Or is Small the Best of All?
Another important aspect of selecting your best frame is to consider the size of the frame. A person with a large face generally needs a larger frame overall. We recommend that you select a frame that is wide enough for your face.
How can you tell if a frame is just wide enough? When trying on a frame, take note: do the temples (the part that connects to the ears) simply go straight back to the ears, or do they have to spread out? A frame that is too narrow will spread, one that is too wide will do the opposite. Sometimes this is very hard to tell for yourself. Our stylists will advise you on scale and size.
Size styling is often widely different for sunwear than for prescription glasses. Big sunglasses often function better and make a stronger statement, whereas smaller sunglasses can offer a sleek style and a less bold statement. In the end, the style choice is all up to what you feel is best for your personal tastes.
Your lesson is now complete.
Are you ready to get the perfect frame? Call us at 727-345-4035 to set up an appointment!