EYEWEAR - STYLE ADVICE
Whether you are new to wearing glasses or simply fancy a different look, knowing which frames to choose and what the latest trends are can be a daunting prospect. Fortunately, at Central Florida Eye Care Associates we are experts in this field and can therefore confidently guide you towards making the right choice for you and your lifestyle. To find out more about our collections, visit your local store where you can view the latest styles from a wide selection of brands. Our friendly store staff are on hand if you need any guidance or advice. Choosing the right frames should be a fun experience because they can really reflect your personality and can help you achieve a particular look. However, knowing what frames suit you best can be tricky which is why we have put together this helpful guide.
FACTORS TO BEAR IN MIND WHEN SELECTING YOUR GLASSES:
- Ask the optical assistants to look at your prescription first. It’s a simple step but certain frames will work better with certain prescriptions.
- If you need progressive you will require a slightly larger lens.
- If you have a very high prescription, some metal frames may not be suitable. Therefore look for acetates or rimless frames.
- Get the optical assistants to check the fit of the frame.
- If you want an over-sized style, check that it is designed like this and not just too big for your face!
- Similarly, if they are too wide for your face there may be some distortion of vision when you have your prescription fitted.
- Check that they fit on your bridge properly. Acetate frames cannot be adjusted on the nose so if you are finding them uncomfortable, try a metal or rimless option with adjustable nose pads.
- Ask for a second opinion!
- It can be reassuring to get a second opinion so speak to the optical assistants in the store. It’s in their interest for you to leave happy so will be more than happy to give you their opinion and advice.
- Why not bring along a friend or partner? It’s always helpful to have a second opinion from someone you trust.
- Take your time! If you need to, go home and think about it. The chances are you will be wearing your frames for at least a year so you need to feel like you’ve made the right choice.
Here are our top tips for choosing the best styles to suit your features;
There are generally four main types of face shape – oval, square, round and rectangular. To identify which shape face you have, tie your hair back so you can see your face properly and look at the line from your temple to your jaw – is it very straight or soft and sloping? If it is straight then you are most likely to have one of the more angular face shapes (square or rectangle). If it is soft and sloping then you are one of the softer face shapes (oval or rectangle).
A round face has soft features. If you have a round face it is best to avoid circular frames or styles that are narrow, as they will only emphasize the roundness of your face. Instead look for styles that are more angular such as square or rectangular frames.
This is the face shape that is likely to suit the greatest variety of shapes so you can really take your time to enjoy trying on a broad selection and seeing which work for you. In general, you look best in more angular frames but a lot of styles suit so you can be adventurous with shapes and sizes!
If you have a squared jaw look for frames with slightly curved edges rather than straight lines. This should soften the overall look, and stop the frames looking too severe.
RECTANGULAR SHAPED FACE
The rectangular face is longer than the square shaped face. Go for a softer frame to soften the features. Decorated and contrasting temples help as they draw attention to the side of the face, which gives the illusion of width and detracts from the length.
Most people fall into one of two color groups – those with a cool coloring (blue based) and those with a warm coloring (yellow based). As a general rule, people with a warm coloring can get away with wearing stronger, bolder colors and those with a cool coloring tend to look better in paler, more pastel colors.
PALE SKIN TONES
If you are very pale skinned, black or silver frames can sometimes make you look a bit washed out. If you have your heart set on a dark color try dark tortoiseshell instead – it’s a very subtle difference but can have a big effect in adding warmth to your skin. Similarly, a gold tone will be warmer than gunmetal or silver.
DARK SKIN TONES
The darker your skin tone the more you can experiment with color and, although it’s natural to look for the classic black or tortoiseshell, glasses are now available in the full color spectrum and can be surprisingly flattering, especially greens and reds.