Glasses are an everyday item, so finding the perfect pair is often a time consuming and tedious task. Nowadays, like most items, glasses are completely customizable. You can choose everything about them from the type of glass, to the type of frame, material, and color. Glasses often reflect your personality and they can even be used to enhance a specific look. For example, if you are going for a ‘classy look’, here are some of the specs that you might want to consider.
The first step towards finding the perfect pair of glasses is choosing a frame that suits your face shape. If you are not sure what shape your face is, all you need is a mirror and an easy to read guide. There are countless kinds of face shapes, however, they can be narrowed down to six different types: oval, square, round, oblong/rectangle, diamond, and heart shaped.
If you have an oval-shaped face, you are in luck! This face shape is considered to be the most universal and well suited to all styles. You can get away with most types of frames, so don’t be afraid to experiment. However, we recommend trying out square or rectangular frames as these will give your face that extra proportional look.
For a square-shaped face, it’s best to avoid square-shaped frames. This is because the overly boxy proportions can flatten your features rather than enhance them. Instead, try a softer rounded frame with a thin rim.
If you have a round face, try to opt for a pair rounded yet thick frames that are proportionate to the size of your face. If you have fuller cheeks, a cat-eye frame can help complement these whilst seemingly bringing attention to your eyes.
For those with more angular features, like an oblong or rectangle-shaped face, you should try and find a pair of glasses that will keep this symmetry. This means staying clear of rounded frames and looking for something with a strong detailing on the upper frame.
People with diamond-shaped faces will suit both rounded and rectangular frames. Try to accentuate your brow line by choosing a semi-rimmed or top-heavy frame.
Finally, if you have a heart-shaped face, your perfect glasses will entail a light, lower frame as this will balance out your facial features. If you have an angular chin, maybe try a pair of oval glasses.
Now that we have looked at the different face shapes and types of frames, we can take a look at the different types of materials these frames are made with. Historically, the first pairs of glasses were set into wooden or leather frames but nowadays there are plenty of options to choose from. Choosing the right material for your frame is more about personal taste than anything. However, here are a few tips to consider when crafting your perfect pair of glasses.
Overall, there are two main choices when looking at the material for your frames. Broadly speaking, you can opt for metal frames or plastic frames. If you are looking for a thin frame, then titanium eyeglass frames are a great option. Not only are these frames hypoallergenic but they are also very durable and lightweight. This type of material is perfect for people with sensitive skin who may be allergic to other kinds of metal, such as nickel. This material can come in an array of colors and, more importantly, it can resist corrosion.
The other main option for eyeglass frames is plastic. This is the perfect material for those looking for a thicker frame to complement their face. It is also highly popular because it comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. Overall, plastic frames are less expensive, but they are also easier to break than metal frames. Not only this, but the color can fade over the years due to weather damage or excessive use. Over time they can also lose their strength and become easier to break. However, these are a popular choice for children precisely because the soft plastic frames are less likely to injure them if they fall.
The shape and material of the frame are only two factors to look at when creating your perfect pair of eyeglasses. There are still countless other options you can consider, such as the color of the frame or the type of lens. However, keep in mind to create a pair that will stay in style, be durable, and most importantly suit your needs on all occasions.