More and more people these days need glasses as a result of spending too much time in front of screens, as the TV or the laptop, or due to other factors. Many people though do not feel very comfortable with wearing glasses. Maybe some just have bad memories from their childhood, when they were being mocked or others just feel that it is too much of a change. It’s true that sometimes glasses (especially the wrong pair) can make you look a lot different from what you look like without them. But different does not necessarily mean worse.
Glasses have been around for centuries, even in Ancient times there were weird forms of what we today call glasses or spectacles, but only recently they have become more than just a technical object, as the beauty of the object and the wearer were taken in consideration.
Knowing how to choose the right pair of glasses is a huge deal, which is why in the next paragraphs we have decided to share with you the things you know about glasses and aesthetics: what colors is the best, what shape is the best for your face, etc. Choosing glasses can be fun, so let’s dive right in!
Glasses and face shape
It’s true that you can choose any glasses, and if you feel confident in them, you will project that confidence. Choose what your instinct tells you. But, if you’re instinct isn’t sure either, here’s a more scientific way to choose a pair of glasses according to your face shape.
In the picture you can see the different types of faces. We will describe each type and write what kind of glasses suit it best:
The oval face is the most “flexible” if you will type of face. It is characterized by the fact that the chin is a little narrower than the forehead. Proportions are usually quite balanced. Oval faces usually have high cheek bones. For example actor Ryan Gosling has an oval face. With this kind of face, almost all types of glasses work. Choose frames that are somewhat broader than the widest part of your face. Also, avoid shapes that might unbalance your features. Square and rectangular frames can add angles if you have soft curves.
Round faces have full cheeks and sometimes a rounded chin with few angles. This type of face also has an equal length and width. If you are looking for round faces in the media, Jack Black is a good example. If you have a round face, you might want to go with something quite geometrical, like frames that are shaped like rectangles. But, what you need to keep in mind is that slightly rounded edges are better, as a frame with very harsh angle will only emphasize roundness. High temples on your glasses will also be slimming.
Heart-faces are characterized by a broad forehead and wide and high cheek bones that will narrow to a small chin. If you have this face type, which usually also has a narrow jaw line, you might want to look for rounder frames, as they will balance the forehead. This is why Johnny Depp and Justin Timberlake wear this type of glasses. Also, you can consider rimless glasses.
Last but not least, square faces have a strong jaw line, a broad forehead and a square chin. Width and length are also proportional. Oval and round frames suit this type best. The curves will help you easily soften your strong features. American celebrity Nick Lachey has this type of face. Also Mario Lopez is in this category.
There are variations of these four types of faces, of course, but the variations are included in these four types.
Glasses and colors
While we often talk about colors and how to match them, but you’re probably wondering how to choose your glasses while you change your clothes everyday. You don’t need to match your glasses to your clothes, the trick is to match them to your hair! So here’s how it goes:
If you have brown hair, you can choose black, blue or pink frames if you have dark undertones, if your hair has lighter undertones, you can go for reds, creamy-whites, or warm greens. Also purple might be a good choice!
If you have blond hair, you can choose coral, green and different shades of red. If your hair is blond and has cooler undertones, you might look into black, blue or pink frames. You can also go for gold.
If you have red hair, black and warm neutrals (like cream) are the best choice for you. Also green is a great choice!
If you have black hair, you can go for black, blue and other saturated colors. Ashy tones might make you look washed out.
For those who have gray or white hair, choose something like bright red navy. Also burgundy or light blue would make a good choice. Avoid yellow or brown.
The color of your glasses should be matched only to your hair color, but also to your eye color, so here we go:
If you have hazel eyes, choose browns or greens. Also gold frames might look good.
If you have brown eyes, go with something that resembles your eye color, like shades that remind you of trees (different shades of brown like Mahogany and Bourbon)
Green eyes go best with brown or gold tones. Also, if you want to create a contrast, you can go for different shades of pink.
For those with blue eyes, blue and gray tones go the best. If you want to create a contrast choose saturated browns.
Some people like to wear colored lenses. This is great, just make sure that the color of your lenses goes with your hair and eye colors and the frame color!
Fraquoh and Franchomme
P.S. Share your thoughts in the comments below! What do you look for when buying glasses? Did you have bad child experiences related to glasses? What type of frames do you prefer?