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Personal Overview

Eyewear: Styles for name

The shape of the spectacles must take into account the size and shape of the eyes. Almond-shaped eyes need oblong or square shapes. For small eyes, the spectacles should not be too big; oval frames balance out eyes that are too wide apart and oblong frames help to make eyes that are too close together seem more widely spaced. Eyes that slant downwards at the outer corners suit frames with an upward sweep (butterfly style).

Avoid plastic frames, as they will make you appear older due to their strong association with the elderly.

Face Shape: SQUARE

The aim when selecting eyewear is to create length and minimise width by choosing:

- Avoid thin, angular and square frames, as these will exaggerate the squareness.

- Colour or decoration on the frame’s outer corners.

- Fine to medium scaled frames.

- Frames that are more horizontal than vertical.

- Frames that are wider than the widest part of the face.

- Frames where the width and length are almost the same or equal.

- Frames with gentle curves.

- Frames with weight or decorations on the top frame only.

- The top of the frames should sit high enough on the face to minimise the jaw line.

A square face shape has a strong jaw line, a broad forehead, and a wide chin and cheekbones.

 

General Overview

Eyewear: Styles

If you wear glasses permanently, they are arguably your most important accessory.

The shape, style, size, colour and material are all important factors when selecting glasses. 

Basic Guidelines:

  • The shape of the frame needs to complement your face shape.
  • They should mirror the shape of your best internal facial features; for example, the top of the frames should mirror the curve of your brows, but should not match the external shape of your face, for instance, you do not look good with round glasses if you have a round face shape.
  • The style needs to be current and appropriate. Outdated eyewear are as unflattering as outdated clothes. Some styles can even create negative responses, these include, half frames, tinted lenses and mirrored eyewear.

  • The size of the frame needs to be in proportion with the size of your head. If the frames are too big, you may end up looking ‘fly eyed' and/or your head will look smaller. If they are too wide (wider than your face) you may find the glasses distorting the sides of your face making it appear as though the sides of your head are collapsing inward.

  • The colour should enhance your natural colouring. Not everyone looks good in dark, heavy frames, unusual colours or Ray Bans. A colour analysis covers what will be your best colours for glasses. Two colours that suit everyone are rose and light coloured gold.

  • The frames need to be in a material that is flattering to your face. This is only second
    in importance to selecting the right shape. Plastic frames only work well on young faces. As we age, plastic frames look heavy and serve only to emphasise lines and wrinkles. Light metal frames make an enormous difference and, in most cases, instantly make the wearer look much younger, as can rimless styles. Only those men who have a strong looking face and thick, dark hair can handle thick dark frames.