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Eyeglass Frames and Styles

Eyeglass frames have the power to completely transform your look. Choosing the right style is a matter of finding frames that will complement the shape of your face, the tone of your skin, and other natural qualities. Eyeglass frames come in an enormous variety of materials and sizes for men, women, and children. You can even select eyeglass frames that complement specific personality traits! If you can’t decide on the perfect pair of frames, talk to a certified eye care specialist that will help you narrow down your choices.

Common Eyeglass Frame Materials

One of the first things you should consider is the best frame material for your lifestyle. Each material has its own pros and cons, so survey your options carefully before making a decision.

·         Plastic eyeglass frames. Plastic frames are lightweight, durable, and highly-customizable. This material is often used for children’s eyewear since it can withstand wear and tear and is often inexpensively replaced. Popular plastics such as zylonite come in a rainbow of different colors, making it easy to find frames that suit your specific taste. Plastic frames are not as strong as metal, and may become more brittle with age and exposure to sunlight.

·         Metal eyeglass frames. Metal frames are a durable option with the added benefit of being malleable, which means the frames can be bent back into shape if they are accidentally distorted. Many metal eyeglass frames come in a variety of colors, and some alloys are just as lightweight as their plastic counterparts. Most metals used in eyeglass frame construction are corrosion-resistant, especially aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium frames.

Frame Selection Guidelines

Material certainly isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing appropriate eyeglass frames. Keep these key points in mind when trying on different frames to ensure a comfortable and stylish purchase.

·         Eye positioning. For ideal comfort and fit, make sure your eyes are centered within the lens openings of the frame. If you have eyes that are closer together, avoid larger frames.

·         Frame width. When choosing an appropriate frame width, look for a small clearance between the side of your head and the frame temples. Frames should not be too close to the side of your head or digging uncomfortably into your skin.

·         Brow. Choose a frame that follows your natural brow line, and doesn’t fall too much higher or lower than it. If you have thick or dark eyebrows, consider a thicker frame to balance out the appearance.

·         Proportion. The frames of your glasses should always be in proportion to the rest of your build. If you have a larger body type, larger or bolder frames will look great. For small or petite builds, look for thinner frames.

Choosing A Complementary Eyeglass Frame Style

Choosing the most stylish frames is about finding the frames that work best with your features.  You’ll find the ideal frames if you consider your face shape and other physical characteristics.

To find frames that will look great on your face, first determine its shape. The most common shapes are variations of round, oblong, oval, triangle, diamond, and square. The goal of your new frames will be to slightly counteract your face shape, instead of reinforcing and amplifying it. For example, you wouldn’t want to buy round frames if you have a round face. Instead, angular frames would be the more attractive choice.

·         Oval face. If you have an oval face, chances are you will look good in many different frame styles. Frames that are a bit wider than the widest part of your face tend to look the best.

·         Round face. For a round shape, the goal is to find frames that lengthen and narrow the face. Rectangular frames often look good with this type of face shape.

·         Oblong face. Add width to a long, thin face with frames that provide top-to-bottom depth. If you can find frames with stylish decorative features, this can also help to balance out your natural face shape.

·         Diamond shape. To balance the jaw line of a diamond shape face, try rimless frames.

·         Square shape. Narrow the strong forehead and jaw line using narrow frames, or frames that are wider than they are tall.

By working with your natural attributes, you can find frames that look custom-designed just for you. Instead of following the latest trends without considering if they work well for you, pay careful attention to the way your frames and your face interact. If you can keep this in mind, you’ll find the perfect eyeglass frames. Consult with a certified eye care specialist if you are unsure of how to find frames that fit your body type, face shape, skin tone, and hair color.


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