Glasses—everyone has an opinion about them. For many of us, the idea of admitting we can’t see or have trouble seeing is equivalent to death (death-of-our-youth, that is). For others, glasses are a badge of honor. We may have actually wanted to wear them. After all, if they were good enough for our parents or grandparents to wear, why couldn’t we? Fast forward to years later, and there we are, sitting in the eye doctor’s office, admitting that we haven’t been able to see since third grade. That’s only the first hurdle. The real test is figuring out which pair to choose.

Now that glasses are in vogue again, how can we be sure which pair will enhance our look? For starters, we have to admit that every face shape is unique. No matter how much rouge you apply, your naturally round face shape isn’t suddenly going to transform into a long, narrow shape. That’s not how it works without a major transformation.

Here’s a quick and easy guide to eyewear and the shape of your face:
Choose a frame that is in contrast to the shape of your face. Ludicrous, I know, but trust us, you’ll thank us for it later. If your face is round or heart-shaped, you don’t want to add more circular like shapes to your face. That won’t do you any favors. Choose an angular frame, something that narrows (slims) your look. It will soften your look and help you avoid looking like a caricature
of yourself.

Size matters. For the love of all that is beauty, don’t choose giant frames that overpower your face. The idea is to highlight your beauty, not hide it. This is your time to shine. Grab a frame that works for you.

Let’s talk color choices. Back in the day, black frames were all the rage. People loved them. Then, an explosion of color happened. Everyone from 80’s pop stars to reality television personalities were a study in bright colors. Now, you have options. The black frames have reemerged. Colorful frames are brighter than ever before. The color you choose should match your personality and coordinate with your everyday wear. Be bold or choose all-business-black. It’s up to you, but whatever you do, make sure the color is reflective of you, not the other way around.

Circle. Square. Heart-shaped. The list goes on. Again, choose a style that’s in contrast to your face shape. There are so many great options available. You can even choose rimless frames that look and feel like you’re not wearing glasses at all. If you have large eyes, try slightly larger frames to balance out your overall look. The options are virtually unlimited. Thick frames, thin frames, heavy, lightweight, cat’s eye, or Albert Einstein chic, each can make or break a look. Take inventory of what makes you fun and fabulous and shop with your heart’s content. You’ll walk out of the office with your head held high and—let’s not forget—the ability to see without straining. Win/win!

By Ava Mallory