It’s official: the ‘specky-four-eyed’ name calling has stopped. Well, it’s official in my eyes anyway – I’m not saying it’s been professionally researched or statistics prove or anything. Basically, the message I’m trying to get across is that glasses are now an acceptable, stylish accessory for us all to wear, with people falling over themselves to wear a pair of dark frames with clear lenses if they don’t need prescription lenses.
I remember the day I was told I needed to wear glasses. Well more to the point, I remember the day I knew I needed to wear glasses, but was so ashamed that I chose to ignore it and opt for a life of sitting at the front of class in school, nose literally rubbing against the black board (yes, I said blackboard, I was born in 1986 after all…). I was aged 11, and my primary school brought in an external eye examiner, who was shocked I wasn’t already wearing a pair as my eyes “were that bad”. And right there and then I was ‘diagnosed’ to a life of wearing glasses.
And that’s what it had always felt like, so when I turned 18 and headed to University, I became a full time contact lens wearer, which is an extremely expensive life to live. However, after reaching the age of 29, it’s all of a sudden seen as trendy and cool to be a spectacle wearer. Thank the lord! Why did it ever take this long to become acceptable?
I don’t need clear lenses in plastic frames to be cool. Oh no – I’m a fully diagnosed short sighted girl racking up a magnificent -3.50 lens for each eye. Which by the way, if anyone reading this has worse sight than me, please do comment below and make me feel a little bit better about the fact I am so incredibly short sighted.
So now that glasses are the accessory of the year, how do you determine what style to go for? I’ve been ordering glasses from Firmoo for a while now, and love the range of fashionable pairs, but it can be daunting if your a first time frame shopper. Here’s some tips on how to shop for your face shape…
1. First of all, determine your face shape.
Take a photo of your face straight on, or take a piece of tracing paper and trace around the outline.
2. Use this summary to check:
If you can’t really figure out what you have, then use this little helper to give you a better idea:
Round – Full Cheeks, Rounded Chin, Equal Length and Width
Square – Prominent Jawline, Angular Features, Wide Forehead
Oval – Balanced Features, High Cheekbones, Chin Narrower Than Forehead
Heart – Broad Forehead, Pointed Chin, High Cheekbones
A. If you have a Round Face:
Choose frames with strong details, wider than tall lenses, and nose pads to keep glasses from rubbing onto cheeks. Rectangular frames work with this shape, as they will flatter your face, making it appear slimmer and longer.
B. If you have a Square Face:
Your best bet for square shape faces is to consider oval or rounder frames that are narrow in width, which will make a square face look longer and soften the angles. Anything thin and angular will draw attention to the chin.
C. If you have an Oval Face:
The luckiest of all face shapes! Not only is it more often seen as reflecting ‘the perfect face shape’, it also means you suit almost any type of frames. There isn’t any real limit as to what kind of glasses and in what shape you should buy. If you prefer to keep the oval shapes natural balance, look for frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.
D. If you have a Heart Face:
Rimless glasses and bottom heavy styles are most suited to heart shape faces, as your goal is to choose a pair of that will provide contrast to your heart face shape and not imitate it. Stay away from aviator glasses because they will only emphasize the shape of your face. In order to minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colours and materials, and as mentioned, rimless frame styles for a light, airy effect.
Start by browsing some styles online and see what jumps out at you in your preferred type. Firmoo have a Daily New section which updates with new styles regularly, so it’s a great place to start if you are a little unsure. I recently ordered a huge pair of frames from them, which I’m sporting on the above photo. If the geek-chic look is in, then I may as well embrace it right!
You can now treat yourself to 15% off at Firmoo over at their 15% off page if you want to get your hands on an affordable pair of specs for 2016. It’s dedicated for first time customers, so have a little browse and then grab your discount!