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Shopping for the Right Pair of Glasses

by Patti | September 30th, 2008 | Fashion
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When it comes to shopping for the right pair of glasses, take a hint from the Vision Council of America (VCA) Envision Yourself program. According to them there are three key elements inherent in picking the most appropriate pair of glasses:

  • The shape of the frames should contrast with the shape of your face.
  • The size of the frames should be in scale with the size of your face.
  • Glasses should seek to enhance your best feature.

Balance always should play a role when it comes to choosing a pair of frames. This is as true for glasses that you wear all of the time as it is for reading glasses and sunglasses.

You need to decide what type of frames you would like. You have plenty of options to choose from. There are frameless glasses, metal frames and plastic frames. Frameless glasses are very subtle and unassuming in nature, while metal frames can be very sophisticated and classy. On the other hand, plastic frames come in a myriad of styles and colors and can lend themselves to a stylish and vibrant look. It is all in what you like the best.

Shape is another important consideration. If you do not know what your face shape is then refer to this website to help you discover it for yourself- http://www.readinstyle.com/expert.aspx.

Once you know your face shape you can then choose accordingly. For example rounded frames that are either oval or round in design look best on face shapes that are squared-off because they add a measure of softness to the face. On the other hand, those who already have soft round facial features would do well to choose glasses that are more squared in shape, as they will provide more definition to the face.

It is also important that your complexion get a boost from the glasses you choose. Is your skin tone warm or cool? Match the color of your frames to the base of your skin. A warm complexion is one with a yellowish tone to it, while a cool complexion has undertones of blue or pink.

Warm complexion- Look for frames that are gold, khaki, tan, camel, or red.

Cool complexion- Look for frames that are black, pink, blue, amber, red-brown or dark tortoise.

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