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By guestwriter Lisa McShane from the Antwacky blog
I now need two different glasses prescriptions – one for reading and one for driving. Plus I’ll need a sunglasses version of the driving prescription and ideally a sunglasses version of the reading prescription too – for when I read outdoors (which probably happens like five times a year). Most people would probably see this a pain. I see it as a shopping opportunity. So as with most shopping opportunities, I started with some research and found out that there are some best practices regarding what will suit you when it comes to glasses.
There are four main factors you need to take into consideration when picking glasses:
Obviously, all style rules should be challenged, but these can help as a starting point.
An oval face is considered quite balanced, so most styles will suit you. To maintain balance, try styles that are a tad wider than the widest part of your face.
Square or rectangular frames tend to suit round faces, making them appear longer.
Wide or square frames flatter longer faces by making it appear shorter and more balanced.
Round or oval frames suit square faces, creating balance by softening sharper angles.
Heart Shaped Face
Cats-eye or wayfarer frames flatter this face shape, making your forehead appear narrower and your cheekbones more defined.
There are two options with eye and hair colour. Pick something that complements your eyes/hair colour for a classy girl look. Or go for a total contrast for something more statement and trendy.
Any colour frame will work with grey, as it’s a neutral colour. Silver or gold being the classy, polished option.
Brown / Amber Eyes
All colours look great with brown or amber eyes. A bright green or blue would give a nice contrast.
Tortoiseshell and brown frames offer a neutral option, whilst orange will really make a statement.
Red, gold or purple provides a great contrast, whereas brown or earthy tones are a little bit more understated.
Green or brown will provide a sort of contrast as well as co-ordination. Amber frames are also flattering.
Darker frames look very classy with black hair. On the other hand, brighter colours will bring a sharp contrast.
White / Grey Hair
White or grey hair provides the ultimate neutral palette, so neutral frames will look chic, while bright colours will provide a statement look.
Red hair looks especially vibrant with bold frames. Jewel colours will look ace, while darker frames will give a more conventional look.
Brown / Auburn Hair
Tortoiseshell, amber and dark green frames all work really well with brown hair.
For a neutral look, choose tortoiseshell, beige, or dark brown. Platinum blonde hair look really striking with pastels and brights.
Depending on whether you have a particularly warm or cool skin tone, specific colours of frames may be more likely to complement your look.
Cool skin tone
Looks best with similar cool-toned frames with blue, silver, grey, green and clear all being complimentary. Black frames can be a bit harsh.
Neutral skin tone
Neutral skin types can wear just about anything.
Warm Skin Tone
Looks best with similarly warm frames like tortoiseshell, brown, red, orange, gold, and yellow shades. Black works well too.
My name is Lisa McShane, originally from Liverpool, I now live in Surrey with 2 teenage boys, a husband and a massive dog. I've always loved fashion and when I was little my mum used to make all my outfits. When I grew up I founded a digital marketing agency, which now helps support my ongoing fashion habit.
After hitting 50, I suddenly lost all my fashion confidence, and on looking around for support, I found that menopausal women were pretty much forgotten in terms of fashion. I started the blog to discuss my new insecurities around getting dressed in my 50s and maybe help any other women who were feeling the same.
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