TIPS ON CHOOSING EYEWEAR FRAMES
Bissell Eye Care prides itself on carrying unique brands of eyewear. You won’t find many of our frames at some of the big box stores. What that means is you also won’t see yourself coming and going on the street with the same eyewear frames. Our staff are trained to help you choose the best frame for your face shape, skin tone, and style. Use the following tips to find the frames that work best for you.
Your face shape will help you determine which frames enhance your look.
- If you have a round face, look for eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular. These shapes tend to be wider than a round face and can enhance your face by making it appear slimmer and longer, adding balance to your round features.
- Avoid rimless frames, round frames. Small frames will accentuate the roundness, making your round face look even rounder.
- If you have an oval face, frames that look best have a strong bridge, are wider than the broadest part of the face and are geometric in shape.
- Avoid eyeglasses that are overlarge and cover up more than half of your face. This frame style will throw off the natural balance and symmetry of the oval face.
- Eyeglasses for a square face soften the angularity and sit high on the bridge of the nose. Oval or round eyeglasses will balance and add a thinner appearance to the angles of a square face.
- Avoid angular and boxy eyeglass frames. They will sharpen and draw attention to your angular features, making a square face appear bulky.
- Diamond face shapes play up a narrow forehead and chin with eyeglass frames what sweep up or are wider than the cheekbones, such as cat-eye glasses and oval frames. These frames will accentuate your cheekbones and delicate features.
- Avoid boxy and narrow frames that will accentuate the width of your cheeks, drawing attention to your narrow features rather than enhancing them.
- Heart-Shaped face looks the best with frames that balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin. Eyeglasses with low-set temples and bottom heavy frame lines will add width to that narrower part of your face. Round eyeglasses or square eyeglasses with curved edges will help draw attention away from a broad, high forehead.
- Avoid any style or color of frames that draw attention to the forehead. This includes frames with decorative temples or embellished tops.
When it comes to face shape, select eyeglasses that contrast from your facial contours and bring symmetry and balance to your prominent features.
Skin Tone and Eye Frame Colors
Just as the shape of your face helps determine which frames look best, so does your skin tone. More important than hair color and more decisive than eye color, skin tone sets the tone for high fashion frames. Select a shade closest to your skin tone:
- Warm Skin Tone: If you have a yellow, bronze or golden cast to your skin, you have a warm complexion. Stay away from contrasting colors such as pastels. White and black frames are not flattering either. Instead, the best frame colors for you are a light tortoise, brown shades, gold or honey, beige, and olive green.
- Cool Skin Tone: If your skin has pink or blue undertones, you have a cool complexion. Avoid colors that wash you out and instead reach for frames that are silver, black, dark tortoise, pink, purple, blue, mauve and gray.
There are eyeglass frames for every way of life! Think about the activities you will do while wearing your eyeglasses. If you’re active, perhaps you want to choose frames which can twist and bend without breaking. Need gaming glasses? Gamers can choose from a wide selection of stylish frames that enhance the gaming experience. When impressing the big wigs at the office, you can accessorize your business savvy with sensible style.
The frames you wear can say a lot about your personality. You can have a pair of glasses that showcase your fun-loving side on the weekends and a pair that emphasizes your get down to business tone during the week.
At Bissell Eye Care – we have you covered. We carry a vast selection of designer eyewear to fit your facial shape, skin tone, and life style.
About the author: John D. Bissell, owner of Bissell Eye Care and Tri-State Low Vision Services, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify. The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.