There has never been a better time to wear glasses. Thanks to modern designs, fashion eyewear can enhance your appearance, as well as help you see better. But it can be quite difficult selecting just the right frame. Not only are there hundreds of different styles to choose from, there’s also a wide range of different materials. So how do you know if you’re choosing a frame that really suits you?
Shapes & colours
Often the best starting point is to select a frame shape which balances rather than mirrors the shape of your face. For example, an angular or rectangular frame compliments a round face while a square face is better suited to round and oval styles. Selecting the best colour of frame is influenced by a number of factors, including skin tone, the colour of your eyes and your hair colour.
The recent trend for retro “geek chic” shows no signs of fading. While chunky plastic frames in black and tortoiseshell remain popular, recent trends are favouring subtler shades and colour combinations, often with softer shapes. New generation materials, like TR90 and Ultem, are inspiring new designs with finer, thinner rims. These new materials are also stronger, lighter and more flexible than traditional plastics.
For those who prefer a more traditional look, metal frames remain a popular option. Most standard metal frames are made from nickel alloys. These are very adjustable and cheap to produce but can cause irritation if you have sensitive skin or a nickel allergy. Materials like stainless steel and titanium are hypoallergenic, as well as offering greater durability, strength and flexibility.
For the best quality and comfort, titanium is a great choice of material. With less than half the weight but double the strength of other metals, titanium is ultra-light and durable as well as being allergy-free. Titanium is particularly well suited to minimalist, rimless designs.
To maximise comfort and appearance, don’t forget to think about different lens options. High-index materials will make your lenses thinner and lighter. No-line varifocals offer cosmetic advantages over traditional bifocal designs. And the latest anti-reflection coatings minimise reflections from the surfaces of your lenses, making them more transparent and attractive.
Whichever glasses you choose make sure they are ones you enjoy wearing and that feel comfortable. Ask your optometrist for advice on the best frame and lens options for you.