If you’re like 150 million other Americans, your vision might need a little help. Luckily, the road to 20/20 vision is paved with an abundance of stylish, fashionable glasses that not only enhance your vision, but your appearance, as well.
Our stock of the latest styles in frames lets you choose from an incredibly wide array. To help you narrow down your choices, here are five tips for choosing the right frames for your face — and your lifestyle.
A Shout or a Whisper
One of your first decisions in choosing a frame is how bold you want to be, and there are two general schools of thought: Your glasses can make a statement, or you can opt for a more inconspicuous approach.
When you think of iconic figures like John Lennon, Harry Potter, or Jackie Onassis, it’s almost impossible to imagine them without their glasses. For many, eyeglasses are more than just corrective lenses; they’re a part of how they present themselves to the world. If you want your frames to say something about you, long before you utter a word, you can choose a style that best encompasses your personality, from an introspective professor to a sassy adventurer.
If you’d rather your frames take a backseat and let you do the talking, many styles are designed to blend in with your face. Between barely noticeable, rimless frames and anti-reflective lenses, most people will remember you, not your glasses.
No matter your style choice, it’s ultimately important that your glasses help you see better. If you’re nearsighted, consider a larger frame, which will improve your peripheral vision. Small frames can often limit your field of vision.
If you’re farsighted, you need corrective lenses to focus on things directly in front of you, using your central vision. Smaller frames do this job nicely.
Aesthetically speaking, frames that are proportionate to your features are often the better choice. Frames that are too large can “swallow” your face, making your glasses the center of attention. Conversely, frames that are too small have a tendency to make your eyes appear larger and crowded.
Frames come in every shape imaginable, so it’s a daunting prospect to select the right one for the shape of your face. For this endeavor, we turn to the fashion world, and most experts agree: Pick a style that contrasts with the shape of your face.
Here are a few examples:
- Round face — rectangular frames
- Heart-shaped face — rimless styles
- Square-shaped faces — oval or soft-edged rectangles
- Narrow faces — taller styles with rounded edges
- Oval faces — butterfly frames
Ultimately, the fashion goal isn’t to magnify the shape of your face, but enhance it with contrasting shapes.
Added to style and shape is color choice; our frames come in a dizzying selection of hues. At Montrose Eye Care, we realize that color is a very personal choice, but we recommend choosing one that will weather the trends. Fashion is fickle, and the must-have Day-Glo green can give way to a muted red practically overnight.
By choosing a frame that complements your hair and skin color, and isn’t too trendy, your color choice will stand the test of fashion time.
Of course, if color is part of your style statement, rest assured that we likely offer your favorite.
Fashion Versus Fit
While choosing the right frame can be fun, keep in mind that, above all else, your glasses need to perform. Glasses that look great but aren’t used because they’re uncomfortable have failed their primary mission — to improve your vision. When trying on frames, make sure they fit comfortably. Take them on and off several times, shake your head, and check that they don’t pinch around your ears, temples, or nose. Odds are, you’ll be spending a fair amount of time wearing your glasses, which makes their fit a vital piece in your decision-making puzzle.
To help you choose the right frames for your vision and your style goals, tap the considerable expertise of our staff Montrose Eye Care. We have years of experience helping clients find the perfect frames for their glasses. To learn more, call Montrose Eye Care, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.