In the market for a new pair of reader glasses, but not sure how to pick a pair that’s going to suit your face? Fortunately, fashion expertise isn’t necessary to pick your ideal frames; you just need to stay mindful of a few basics. First, let’s talk about the core basics of picking good glasses—then, we’ll discuss how each of those aspects really works.
The basics of matching
There are four essential traits you’re going to want to account for when choosing a pair of reading glasses. Not all of them play a role in every choice, but all of them offer opportunities to match or clash in turn. These traits are:
- Overall face shape.
- Skin tone.
- Eye color.
- Hair color.
By considering how each interplay with a given pair of reader glasses, you’ll be able to find the ideal frames for your natural traits. Now, let’s talk about specifics.
1) Face shapes
While there are exceptions, the vast majority of faces will fall into one of seven basic shapes:
- Oval. A balanced top and bottom. You can get away with any frames, but might want to choose wide frames or walnut-shaped frames to maintain that balance.
- Base up triangle. Wide at the top, narrow at the bottom, you’ll want frames with the opposite balance, such as thinner and rimless designs.
- Square. As you would expect, this face type has even width across all four sides of the face. You can aim to soften things up and lengthen the face with narrow, wide, and oval frame types.
- Oblong. Like the square, but taller, you’ll probably want to add balance with width and frames with some form of attention-getter near the temples.
- Base down triangle. A narrow forehead with a bigger lower third, you can try cat’s eye frames or designs with busy uppers.
- Round. Few angles and roughly equivalent widths across any point, you’ll want to thin things up with narrow, angular frames. A clear bridge and wider rectangles can also help separate and size up your eyes, if you like.
- Diamond. Broad, strong cheekbones paired with a narrower top and bottom, you’ll want to highlight your eyes with interesting or detailed designs, rimless frames, etc.
Now that you know roughly the shape your lenses should be, let’s look more at colors and patterns. Surprisingly, it’s not the overt coloration of your skin, hair, or eyes that matters as much as the underlying tone of each: warm or cool. That means your each aspect of your coloration has an underlying yellowish (warm) hue or blue (cool) hue.
You’ll want to do your homework on your own coloration if you don’t already know it; there are a lot of potential combinations out there. Once you know your own, here’s what you need to know:
Warm. Pick frames on the gold, brown, and orange side of the things. You can also dip into off-whites, warmer blues, and brilliant reds.
Cool. You’ll want basically the opposite for cool coloration; blacks, silvers, blues, purples, and cooler shades of other colors.
We have a great chart with some additional pointers on picking the perfect pair of reader glasses. Check this out: http://readerglasses.com/frame-finder/face-shape/