Tips For Choosing The Right Eyeglass Frames
Spring is a great time to update your eyeglass frames and Bissell Eye Care has a wide selection of designer eyewear for you to choose from. You don’t need to be a fashion expert to find eyeglass frames that look great on you but face shape, skin tone and lifestyle all play a role in selecting the best option for you.
WHAT SHAPE ARE YOU?
Your face shape will help determine which eyeglass styles will look best on you.
Start by pulling your hair away from your face and closely observing the overall shape and contours of your face and head.
Here are the basic head/face shapes:
Balanced features and proportions make for an oval-shaped face. To keep this balance in check, you’ll want to choose eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of your face. Look for walnut-shaped rims that are neither too deep nor too narrow.
Frames to Avoid: Eyeglasses that are overly large and cover up more than half of your face will throw off the natural balance and symmetry of the oval face.
If you divide the face into thirds, with the top third being widest and the bottom narrowest, that’s a heart-shaped face. Reduce the apparent width at the top of the face with frames that are wider at the bottom. Thin, light-colored and rimless frames are good choices.
Frames to Avoid: Steer clear of any style or color of frames that draws attention to the forehead. This includes frames with decorative temples or embellished tops.
A face that’s longer than it is wide with a long, straight cheek line is considered oblong. Go for frames that have more depth than width or those with decorative temples to shorten the face and add width.
Frames to Avoid: Especially narrow frames, or frames without a lot of depth, as these can elongate the shape of your face even more. You also want to stay away from oversized glasses or very round ones, as these can take away from the face’s natural symmetry.
Square faces have a square jaw and broad forehead, with width and length being of equal size. To soften the angular look of squarish faces, pick narrow frames.
Frames to Avoid: Angular and boxy eyeglass frames will sharpen and draw attention to your angular features, making a square face appear bulky.
Narrow at the forehead and jawline, diamond faces feature broad, high, and dramatic cheekbones. This is the rarest and often most prized face shape. Frames that have distinctive brow lines will highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones. Also try oval or cat-eye shaped glasses.
Frames to Avoid: Boxy and narrow frames will accentuate the width of your cheeks, drawing attention to your narrow features rather than enhancing them.
Curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles make for a round face. You’ll want a thinner and longer appearance, so try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face and rectangular frames that are wider than they are deep.
Frames to Avoid: Rimless frames, round frames and small frames will accentuate the roundness, making your round face look even rounder.
The base-down triangle shape features a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas. Add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face with frames that are heavily accented at the brow. Cat-eye-shaped frames are also ideal.
Frames to Avoid: Stay away from frames that have a lighter upper rim, or darker lower rim because these attributes accentuate the wider lower portion of the face and will bring attention to the widest lower jawline making base down triangular shaped faces even more wide in the lower portion of the face and jawline
SKIN TONE MATTERS.
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:
Are you warm-toned? Colors well-suited to warm skin tones include dark red, honey, olive, and coral shades.
Are you cool-toned? Colors that complement the cooler skin include blue-based reds, blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, and magentas.
Are you neutral-toned? If your skin is neutral-toned, you can pull off essentially any color.
There are eyeglass frames for every way of life! Think about the activities you will do while wearing your eyeglasses. Bissell Eye Care carries a wide selection of stylish frames that can accessorize your business savvy with sensible style or durability for those with an active lifestyle.
Spring fashions are in and the staff at Bissell Eye Care are great at helping you choose the frames that look best on you. Stop in and check them out!
About Bissell Eye Care: John D. Bissell, OD owns and operates Bissell Eye Care servicing Northern Pittsburgh and Alle-Kiski Valley regions. With two locations to treat patients, we offer evening and Saturday appointments. Bissell Eye Care provides comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family beginning as early as 6 months, ocular disease detection and treatment, eyeglasses, sunglasses, activewear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. We accept most types of vision and health insurance plans. For more information, visit bisselleyecare.com or call our Bakerstown Office at 724-443-6767 or Natrona Heights office at 724-226-0444.