(cover picture from Jimmy Fairly)
Until your 40’s wearing glasses isn’t such a big deal. In fact, who didn’t secretly hoped to need a pair just to look a little older and be taken more seriously ;)
When wrinkles and white hairs appear, it becomes more tricky. A wrong pair of eyeglasses can easily give a severe face expression and add 10 years to anyone!
You could try on every pair of eyeglasses in the store to find out how each one looks, but narrowing down your choices in advance can save you a lot of time and aggravation.
Here are my 4 tips:
1/Choose the right shape for you
That seems obvious but in fact, this is not that easy.
According to professionals, the frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, they list seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square
Here are few recommendations:
(all illustrations are from choisir-ses-lunettes.com)
2/ Consider the other parts of your face
– your eyebrows
Make sure that the top of the frame stands just below your eyebrows. Eyebrows are an essential part of your personality and face expression. It would be too bad to hide them!
If you have a doubt, always prefer the ones that best follow the line of your eyebrows.
– the distance between your eyes
If the space between your eyes is rather large, choose a dark color for the bridge (« le pont »)
This will give the effect of bringing the eyes closer.
At the opposite, if the distance between your eyes is narrow, choose a small or a clear color bridge.
And avoid too wide frames
– your head size
If you have a rather small head, choose small frames. Always be sure that your glasses are not wider than the wider part of your face.
At the opposite, if you have a large head, prefer wide frames. Avoid the ones that seem to squeeze your face.
3/ Be careful about colors
You certainly noticed that in the fashion industry, some colors dominate each season on the runways, in fashion magazines and in clothing stores.
Retailers and manufacturers adjust their apparel and accessories colors according to what designers think consumers will consider most appealing at a given time. Eyewear designers do just the same! They are not really concerned about how you’ll feel next year wearing a pair in a color that will be totally out…(in fact, they are concerned because they know they will sell you a new one!)
My advice would be to stay away from these colors trends. Keep it for your sunglasses!
As you’re going to invest an important sum of money in your eyeglasses, you want to be able to wear it for many years to come. Besides, if you choose a trendy color, how will you manage to match it with your different outfits?
There are so many neutral colors that will stay timeless and perfectly fit everything you wear as black, brown, grey, tortoiseshell (universally flattering), beige, light pink, nude…
Look how these celebrities had chosen beautiful classical frames in neutral colors in accordance with their hair color
Another point is to remember: dark colors are sometimes (not for everyone) more difficult to wear when you’re aging. Clear colors could enlight your skin tone. Have a try.
I will also give a warning about metallic frames: they are light and resistant but they can make you look like cold and severe (remember your teacher?). Not really an asset when you get older…
How do you prefer Meryl Streep?
I think she looks way younger with these modern black frames!
Isn’t it the same below for Caroline de Monaco?
4/ Details that makes the difference
When you wear your glasses, think about these little details that could ruin all your efforts:
– Chains: never wear glasses on a chain. It’s certainly convenient but it’s such an aging detail!
– Jewellery: your glasses are major accessories. When you wear jewellery, as a necklace or a pair of earings, keep it simple or choose it carefully to pair your glasses. Otherwise, it would be too much!