Seeing Through it All

May 17, 2013

By Walter Tyler

50+ NewsMatching your eyewear to your daily lifestyle can make a vast difference to your comfort, mobility and personal presentation. When many of us browse for a new frames, we casually throw on a few random pairs and peer into a mirror, unaware of what is even a good starting point. If this sounds like you, pause before you buy your next set of glasses to take into consideration a few different factors.

Choosing Your Glasses Based on Your  Face Shape

Face shape makes all the difference regarding the frames you choose. Look in the mirror and figure out your facial makeup. Round faces benefit from the angularity of rectangle and square frames, especially those that are turned slightly upward to draw the eyes upward and add the facade of height. Furthermore, such shoppers should consider finding glasses that feature an eye-catching bridge that will emphasize the center of the eyes instead of the soft cheeks and edges.

Oblong faces that will want to add width to their otherwise oval features, so the “cat-eye” or “wayfarer” styles are always a suitable choice. Those with square faces should opt to wear rounded frames that sit higher on the face in order to draw attention away from their prominent jaw. Upswept styles will subtly provide the illusion of a facelift, and shiny materials will add a youthfully playful touch without sacrificing elegance.

Individuals with diamond features will want to elongate their eyes and brows by wearing glasses with a striking top, perhaps semi-rimless to emphasize your otherwise narrow forehead. Reversely, those with wide foreheads so their faces form a heart shape will want glasses that have a heavier lower rim to emphasize the lower portion of your face.

Choosing Your Glasses Based on Your Daily Activities

Once you figure out the best frame shape to fit your individual facial structure, you will want to be sure that you choose the right design for your daily activities. After all, you don’t wear the same shirt to the gym that you wear to the office, so why should your glasses be any different?

Have a few different glasses on hand to mix up depending on the occasion. Thin frames are ideal to achieve a chic and formal aesthetic, especially those with a smooth, classic shape. While a black plastic is a fine option, you can add extra polish with metal or rimless eyewear. For casual wear or occasions in which you can demonstrate more individuality, pull out the bright colors and sport glasses that have decoratively patterned stems. Now more than ever, trends from yesteryears are making a comeback, so feel free to rock the oversized eyeglasses from the 1970’s or the flirty cat-eye style from the 1950’s when cracking open a bottle of wine with friends.

Those who spend their days staring at digitalized screens will benefit from computer glasses that are designed to accommodate the distance that many of us sit from the screen; reversely, those who are consistently active will benefit from a pair that is manufactured from a sturdy material like polycarbonate. It’s as important as ever to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, so look for sunglasses that offer 99% UVB and 95% UVA protection.

Those who plan on engaging in physical activities will want to find designs that fit snuggly to their face as they jog through the park or swing a golf club – it’s important that the stems curl behind the ears and, if you are prone to getting particularly sweaty, ask about which glasses have anti-slip nose pads. For durability look for blended nylon and NXT polyurethane that are impact-resistant, flexible, and lightweight. For those of us who imagine our summers being filled with trips to the shore where we can recline with a juicy novel, investing in sun readers may be a wise choice; yes, you may be wearing a hat and laying beneath an umbrella, but your eyeballs still need a guard while you soak in a good book, so bifocal sun readers will provide you with consistent protection (and convenience).

For sunglasses, some colors are more practical than others, depending on your idea of fun; amber or yellow lens is good for snow sports or cloudy days; brown lenses block some blue light and enhance contrast; copper lenses are good for targeting a golf ball; and blue or green lenses make a yellow tennis ball ‘pop’.  Polarized sunglasses are particularly helpful for reducing glare, so are fantastic for people who plan on being near water or are particularly light sensitive.

Your eyewear should make you feel confident and enable you to perform to your utmost ability, rather than be a source of annoyance or something that holds you back. Therefore, invest the time to find the pair that seamlessly suits both your personal preference and your lifestyle!


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