If you wear prescription eyeglasses you know they have a big impact on your appearance. In some retail stores, non-prescription glasses are sold as fashion accessories. You have the real thing, and should use your glasses to accentuate your facial features and your personal style. Here are some tips on making the most of your glasses as a fashion accessory.
- Buy Glasses That Accentuate Your Face Shape. One of the most important things you can consider when buying a new pair of frames is how they will compliment your face. You can look in a mirror and trace the shape of your face with lipstick to get a general idea of whether your face is round or more square shaped. The general rule is to look for frames that are the opposite of the face shape you have. For example, if your face is more rounded, look for eyeglass frames that are more geometric or square. If you have a more angular or squared face (especially consider the shape of your jawline) then you will want to soften the angles of your face with more rounded frames.+
- Look at Your Favorite Designer's Frames. If you want to splurge on the eyeglasses you will be wearing for the next year or two, look to see if your favorite designer has designed their own line of frames. These will generally be good quality and very fashion forward. If you are on a budget, look for special sales, check out discontinued styles, and explore the discount eyewear retailers near you. If you find a designer frame that you love but that is still outside your price range, you can also sometimes find those same frames online for a lower price. Just be sure you have your prescription when you order, and that you know your pupillary distance (pd). If you don't know your pd, you can measure it yourself, going from one pupil to the other, with a ruler in millimeters.
- Explore Trends and Colors. If you are a creative or fashion forward person, your glasses should reflect that. Look for eyeglasses that come in unique colors or patterns, or in fashionable shapes like the wayfarer or aviator styles. Online retailers (such as South Park Optical) may have a wider variety of unique frames if you are not finding what you want in a local store. If you feel uncomfortable having your only pair of glasses look so out of the box, get a backup pair in a neutral tone to use for occasions when you want to look more subdued. Another great thing about looking online, or in discount eyewear retailers, is that you will be able to afford more than one pair of glasses.
Now that you know what to look for in your frames, you can find a great pair to accessorize your outfits and fit your personal style. Remember that your glasses can not only help you see, but also help you look great.