Out of all the frames to choose from, narrowing down the selection can seem pretty impossible. Chances are your glasses are with you 24/7, and the right pair needs to blend perfectly with your style, spirit, and life. But don’t worry, it’s not that hard! Below, we list the four most important factors you need to consider while finding the perfect set of eyeglass frames.
1) What’s Your Style?
Your glasses should be an extension of your personal style and inner spirit. So, consider expressing your creative nature with a bright pop of color or a big, bold print. Choose thick plastic frames if you really want to make a statement, or go for a metal frame in a funky shade if you’ve got a bit more of a classic bent.
Calm, cool, and collected? Metal frames in a bronze or silver finish could be the right fit for you, or consider tortoise shell specs. For instance, “Floating frames,” where the bottom of the lens is connected by a thin wire, is also a unique option. This modern and sophisticated look is great for conservative business environments, but also keeps your look fresh and modern — not stuffy.
2) Do They Balance — And Compliment — All of Your Features?
Next, figure out what shape your face is. Take a look in the mirror: is your face round, oval, square, or heart-shaped? Now, find frames with complimentary features. For example, round faces do best with wide, angular frames to contrast with your face’s natural curves. In contrast, square faces look great in wide, round frames to help soften more angular features. Finally, oval and heart-shaped faces tend to look best in deep frames, to help balance out a narrower jawline.
3) Are They Made Out of the Right Material?
Most glasses are made out of plastic or metal, and both materials have pros and cons. Plastic is easy to clean and very lightweight, but it can break more easily, and the material can degrade due to sun exposure or from the natural oils in your face. If you’re good about cleaning your glasses regularly and keep them in a hard case when not in use, then plastic frames are definitely an option to consider.
If you have a job where eye protection can be an issue, or if you want less high-maintenance frames, then metal is a better option than plastic. Metal frames are also lightweight, and they’re overall more resistant to corrosion and wear. However, metal frames tend to have fewer design options than plastic, and they can sometimes be more expensive.
4) What Kind of Lenses Do You Need?
Picking the right lenses isn’t as fun as choosing the right frame. However, the lens is the most important part of the glasses, and there are a lot of different choices to consider. Progressive or multifocal lenses are the perfect option if you have different prescriptions for seeing near and far, and they prevent you from needing multiple pairs of glasses.
Transition lenses, which darken into sunglasses when you’re outdoors, and revert back to clear while indoors, are also an innovative way to get the most out of a single pair of specs. Transition lenses are also useful if you’re frequently on the go for work as sometimes switching back and forth from glasses to sunglasses can be a pain!
If you have an industry or outdoor job, consider polycarbonate lenses. These are much stronger than traditional lenses, and can help protect your eyes — your most precious feature! — from projectiles or other hazards.
Now that you know a bit more about how to select the right frames, your choices hopefully don’t seem so overwhelming. Of course, don’t be afraid to try on something totally different and unexpected. In the end, you’ll never know what you might like!