How do I find the Perfect Frame for Me?

How do I find the Perfect Frame for Me?

You may have noticed over the years, but more people wear glasses now than used to be the case.  We can partly put this down to the time people spend in front of computers and televisions.  Some people still do not feel very comfortable wearing glasses, but that shouldn’t be the case, especially as there are lots of role models and famous people who now choose to wear them over contacts. Perhaps some have bad memories from childhood, when they were being teased or ridiculed for wearing them, whilst some people see it as too much of a change from who they are.  Yes, sometimes glasses can make you look a lot different, especially if you do not make the right choices, but different does not necessarily mean worse.  Just like when people change their hair style or colour, you get used to it real fast.

You don’t have to buy expensive designer glasses to look good either.  If you know what to look for, you can achieve quite a lot in terms of look and style.  Just make sure the material out of which the glasses are made of is good quality (or you’ll be buying them again and they may look cheap too).

The ability to make the correct choices matters a great deal in your decision to wear glasses Below, we take a look at the different face shapes that people have, because that makes a huge difference on whether they will suit or not.  Browsing a range of glasses can be fun, as you consider what the outcome will be to how you look.

If you make the right choice and end up feeling confident about it, then wearing the glasses can give you an air of confidence that you perhaps did not have before.  Follow your instinct when trying them on – if you like the look, then you are already most of the way there.

There are predominantly four types of face shape and each suits particular style glasses.

  • The oval face is very adaptable to the different styles.  If that’s your shape face, then you’ll know by the fact that the chin is a bit narrower than the forehead.  Proportions are usually fairly well balanced. Oval faces tend to have high cheek bones. With this kind of face, almost all types of glasses work. Choose frames that are somewhat broader than the widest part of your face. Avoid shapes that might unbalance your features.  Square and rectangular frames can add angles if you have soft curves. 

  • Round faces have fuller cheeks and sometimes a rounded chin with very few angles. This type of face usually has an equal length and width. If you have a round face, you should consider something quite geometrical, like frames that are shaped like rectangles as this can soften the roundness of the face.  Rectangles with slightly rounded edges are the best option. High temples on your glasses will also be slimming. 

  • Heart-faces are characterized by a broad forehead and wide and high cheek bones that will narrow to a small chin. If you have this face type, which usually also has a narrow jaw line, you could look for rounder frames to balance your forehead.  You could also consider rimless glasses. 

  • Square faces have a strong jaw line, a broad forehead and a square chin. Width and length are also proportional. Oval and round frames match this type of face the best.  The curves will help you to soften your stronger features.

There are variations of these four types of faces, though some people will be a blend of more than one.  If you consider your face with the type of glasses, then you are already half way there to having a style that suits you.

If you have a strong or complex prescription it even more important to select the right type of frame. This way you will you end up with a pair of glasses that you will be proud to wear.  Here are a few simple tips that will help you choose the right type of frame:

  • Choose a fully rimmed frame. Rimless or semi rimless frames leave either part or all of the lens exposed, making it easy to see exactly how thick your lenses actually are. A fully rimmed frame covers all of the lens and therefore helps to disguise the edge thickness.

  • Try to choose a Plastic frame rather than a metal one. Plastic frames have thicker rims which help to disguise the edge thickness better.

  • The most important factor is to choose a frame with a smaller lens diameter. If have a strong minus prescription your lenses will be thicker at the edges than in the centre. Choosing a frame with a smaller lens diameter will reduce the total surface area of the lens and make the edges thinner. If have a strong plus prescription your lenses are thicker at the centre, so a frame with a smaller lens diameter allows us to make a smaller blank which will reduce the centre thickness of the lens.

  • Simply choosing a frame that is a few mm smaller will have a dramatic effect on how your glasses will look. Not only will they cut down the edge thickness if you are short sighted but will also reduce the centre thickness for those of you who are long sighted.   

  • Whilst choosing a frame with a small lens diameter is important, you still need to ensure that it fits you comfortably. The ideal lens diameter for most women is between 47- 49mm and between 50 – 52mm for most men. Check your existing frame to see what size it is. They are usually displayed on the inside arm or across the nose bridge e.g. 49-17-135 ( where 49 refers to the lens diameter, 17 refers to the nose bridge and 135 refers to the arm length). 

By choosing the right frame (click here for more information) you will ensure that you end up with a great looking pair of glasses, no matter how strong your prescription is. For more help please contact one of our customer service team on 020 8150 3484 or customerservice@thinlenses.co.uk



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