Choosing your glasses
There are plenty of tips out there for choosing the glasses that best suit you, but we think the most important thing is to find a frame that celebrates your personality and individual sense of style. You'll most likely be wearing your glasses more than anything else you own so choose a pair that makes a statement about you.
Of course there are a few tips that can help you along the way and make your glasses look balanced and more comfortable to wear.
Look at how they sit in relation to your eyes.
A well fitting pair of glasses should have slightly more lens showing beneath your eyes than above. So, your eyes should appear slightly further towards the top of the frame with more space below. This stops the glasses from looking top heavy.
Also, look at the width of the glasses. If they are too wide this can make your eyes look too close to the centre of the frame giving you a cross eyed appearance.
Your eyebrows convey emotions so let them show.
If the top of the glasses cover your eyebrows this can hide the subtle emotions we all convey through our faces and make it harder for people to read your moods.
Where are the glasses touching your face?
If they frame is sitting on your cheaks then you might find that this becomes uncomfortable after time, especially on a hot day. The only place the glasses should touch your face is on the bridge of your nose.
Tight glasses are uncomfortable glasses.
The sides of the frames should go straight back and over your ears without bowing out and putting pressure on the sides of your head. This will leave marks on your skin and become uncomfortable.
Ask about your lenses.
Some types of frames are more suitable for certain prescription lens, particularly if you have a very high prescription. But even if your prescription isn't high, thinner and lighter lenses will make your new glasses more comfortable and anti-reflective lenses will make them look clearer with less glare. Ask our advice about what we think is the best lens choice for your prescription.
But what about "face shapes"?
"But what about my face shape?" we hear you ask. Some high street opticians use a simplified "face shape" guide, telling you that your face is either heart, oblong, square or round shaped. Some even try and impress you with fancy looking tools to "measure" your face shape.
But we feel that choosing your glasses is a much more personal thing that just being told what shape you are. It's as much about what you want your new glasses to say about your personality. The best way to find something that suits you is to find a place that will let you try as many designs as you want until you're ready to make a choice.
But what's in fashion now?
Whatever the current trend is there is usually plenty of choice to find something that fits your look. See our trend guide to find something that suits you.
Not good. The glasses look top heavy because the eyes are too close to the bottom of the frame and the frame is covering the eyebrows. They are too wide giving a cross eyed appearance.
Much better! The eyes are closer to the top of the frame so the glasses don't look top heavy and we can see the eyebrows. The frame width is equal to the width of the face.