Selecting the right eyeglass frames can be time consuming. If your strategy is to try on every style and shape first to see how it looks, you will have to spend hours at the optician’s office. By determining the best size, shape, and, material of your eyeglass frames, you can focus on finding frames that match your personality.
Just one look around an eyewear store and you know that eyeglass frames come in various sizes. But, they do not have typical sizes like small, medium, and large. In reality eyeglass frames are sized by three separate components:
It is best to work with an eyewear professional to ensure that you select the correct frame size for your needs.
Narrowing down your choices to a basic frame shape can save a lot of time. To choose a frame shape, it is necessary to determine your face shape.
Angular, narrow frames can have a slimming effect on round faces. Wearing rectangular glasses that are wider than tall will make a round face appear thinner and longer.
Oval faces tend to be well balanced. Frames that are wider than the widest part of your face will complement facial features well.
Frames that are taller than wide or decorative frames will add width and better balance an oblong face.
Rimless or oval frames highlight the eyes and cheekbones of a diamond-shaped face.
Narrow frame styles, including narrow ovals, can soften the angles of a square face.
There are various types of materials used to make eyeglass frames – each with their own unique benefits. The main categories are plastic, metal, and other.
Plastic eyeglass frames tend to be hypoallergenic, lightweight, and less expensive than other types of frames. However, these frames can break easier than metal frames and may weaken over time.
Within the plastic categories there are various frame materials. Although all of these can come in various colors and textures, are hypoallergenic, and lightweight, there are some differences:
Metal eyeglass frames tend to be more expensive than plastic frames, but are often more durable. However, some metal frames are not hypoallergenic and can cause an allergic reaction for some users.
Some metal frames and their differences are:
Plastic and metal are the norm for most eyeglass frames; however, some companies use other materials to create eyeglass frames, including:
Once you find the right size, shape, and material for your eyeglass frames, you can then decide which frames match your personality. You can choose less noticeable frames or frames that stand out. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find the right frame for you.