Are glasses the most underrated fashion accessory on the planet?
Thanks to Hollywood’s depiction of the ‘bullied nerd’ (think grandpa pants, braces and over-sized glasses hanging off a scrawny face), we now dread the day that our optometrist prescribes us with glasses. However, not only do they provide us with excellent vision, glasses should also be a positive addition to one’s outfit. It’s all about finding a suitable frame to compliment your features. While glasses can make you look like a dork or a nerd, they can also give you a look of intelligence and sophistication. The right shape for the right face and appropriate colouring can make a world of difference in how you look and feel while wearing glasses. Some people that have perfect 20/20 vision are even wearing ‘fake’ glasses to make sure they have the right ‘look’.
Got a big head or a skinny face? It doesn’t matter; let’s take a look at what shapes of frame you should be wearing.
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What’s Your Face Shape?
Oval faces consist of a chin which is narrower than the forehead and high cheekbones, such as Jessica Alba. If you have an oval face, you are blessed in the glasses department because almost any frame will suit you.
Round, rectangular, square or love/heart-shaped frames will compliment your features.
Do you have plump cheeks, a rounded chin, minimal angles and a slight resemblance to Kirsten Dunst? Then, you have a round face. Angular and geometric frames sharpen the facial features while rectangular frames lengthens and thins the face.
If you have a strong jaw line with a square chin and broad forehead, you have a square face (if you resemble Brad Pitt in any way, then this is you). Appropriate frames suited for a square face are oval and round shapes.
Miranda Kerr has a heart shaped face so if you look like her, congratulations! Heart faces generally consist of a small chin, broad forehead and wide cheekbones. Round frames soften the forehead while bottom-heavy frames add width to the lower parts of the face.
A triangle face consist of a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin such as Ryan Gosling. Suitable frames would be semi-rimless frames that accentuate the upper face and top-heavy frames.
What About The Colour?
The appropriate colour for your glasses is similar to the appropriate shades of clothing that you wear. If you are a brunette, red, black and orange tones would suit your colourings while a blonde would be more suited to darker shades of blue, green and pink. It depends on what colours you think suit your own personal style. Be sure to avoid colours that make you look washed-out and sick such as white on someone with pale and freckled skin.
What About The Pattern?
Any pattern that appeals to your taste buds will look great on the frame of your glasses. Be careful not to get too excited by striking patterns and remember that simplicity goes a long way.
So there you have it. No more complaining about wearing glasses. It’s all about getting out there and finding a pair that actually suits your face.