Jennifer Connolly adds her own personal flair to everything she wears – even her prescription glasses! Read more from Jennifer on her blog, A Well Styled Life.
I’ve begun to accumulate them. It’s a collection I would never have chosen to start. But I’m pretty much dead in the water without them. And they’re expensive! The older I get, the more necessary they become: Prescription eyeglasses.
I haven’t admitted I can’t wear contacts…yet. But I think this second optometrist I’ve
tortured used, has accepted this as fact. I’m driving the poor man insane. I haven’t given up hope. So many people successfully wear contacts. Why am I struggling so hard with them?
What I do know is that your eyeglasses have a huge impact on your image. You wear them everyday…and the world sees you in them, everyday. Think of them as face jewelry.They’re a big part of the decisions made about you, during that precious 9 seconds people take to sum you up.
Start with the lenses
- Buy they best quality you can afford. Lenses have come a long way in recent years. Their clarity and ability to give you crisp vision is not just about your prescription strength anymore.
- They make high index lenses from a lightweight material. They’re also thinner than other lenses. This makes them a great choice, if you have a strong prescription.
- Aspheric lenses are flatter which reduces the amount of bulge, in the lens. They also magnify your eyes less, so are more cosmetically flattering.
- Do pay extra for anti-reflective coating. It makes your eyes look more attractive, it decreases unwanted glare and night-time halos. You want people to see through your glasses, to your beautiful eyes!
- If you wear multifocal lenses, a deeper lens will give you a larger reading area, on the lens itself.
Rimless glasses are very popular, with good reason. They’re lighter weight than any other frame and offer a “barely there” look. Silhouette, Airlock, Cartier are just a few of the popular manufacturers. Titanium rimless glasses are the lightest available and claim to be invisible at 20 feet. They’re less likely to leave indentations on the bridge of your nose, which tend to become permanent over time.
Plastic frames come in an unending choice of colors and sizes.
Choosing the best frame
- If you have a large face and heavy bone structure, you’ll look better in a larger frame. Delicate features are more flattered by delicate frames. Keep the scale of your glasses similar to the scale of your face.
- Consider your coloring. Do you have warm or cool skin tone? Choose frames in the same tone as your skin, eye or hair color. These are your ‘inherent’ colors and the most flattering for you to wear. That applies to clothing and eyeglasses.
- Look for frames that mirror your eyebrow shape. It’s pleasing to the eye and makes your glasses look like they belong on your face.
- If you have an angular face, curved or roundish frames are more flattering.
- You should not see the inside of the frame’s temple, looking straight at yourself. If you can, the frame is too wide for your face.
- Plastic frames without nose pads have saddle bridges. The deeper the bridge, the more comfortable the frame. It disperses the weight over a larger part of your nose.
This all holds true for prescription sunglasses too. The lenses are usually larger and therefore heavier, so choose the lightest lenses you can afford.
Feel confident in your eyewear by choosing the best for you…not just what’s trendy.
What eyeglasses do you like?
Do you have more than one pair?