Glass Act! How to choose the right frames for you
In need of some fashion frame advice Muddy headed to the uber stylish Arthur Hayes in East Grinstead to get some specs appeal.
Popping on a pair of glasses can switch up your look as quickly and easily as slick of statement lipstick or some eye-catching liner. Whether you wear them daily, just for events or simply to make a style statement, the frames you choose can dictate the way the world sees you and of course how you see yourself!
“Factors like shape, colour, and style can alter your aesthetic, so when picking a pair, it’s helpful to be aware of your face shape and to have an idea what your style preferences are to make shopping more simple,” says Lucinda Howard, Optometrist at Arthur Hayes.
“Eyewear styling is all about how the frame makes you feel. There are certain rules of thumb that are universally spoken about such as to avoid round specs if you have a round face, but there always exceptions (think of the amazing Jo Brand!).
At Arthur Hayes we work on a few key rules – the frame fit is paramount to the perfect pair of spectacles and OWN YOUR STYLE; if the frame makes you feel fabulous when you look in the mirror then you are on to a winner.”
So what about face shape, does that make a difference?
A square face is all about the angular features, like a strong jawline and a wider forehead. So Lucinda advises to add dimension and contrast to go for frames that soften your angles like those with curves or circular as well as thinner styles. Another top pick for those with square faces is a classic cat’s-eye style, as they have the desired curved effect that complements the angles of the face.
Those with round faces can look great in clear frames that let your features shine through without too many distractions – clear frames can really open the face up. Another glasses style that flatters is a retro cat-eye frame with thicker rims says Lucinda; “The youthful softness of round faces is complemented by strong geometric and angular frames and glasses with lenses that are wider compared to taller can also help for height so they don’t sit on your cheeks.”
“People with heart-shaped faces can be lucky with high cheekbones and sharply tapered jawline, but can also have a longer chin and wider forehead. “Look for frames that are a bit wider than your forehead, as they usually suit better,” suggests Lucinda. Look for styles that sweep up the face, such as cat-eye frames or rectangular frames that are bottom-heavy to balance a more narrow chin.
You could say that those with oval faces are pretty lucky, as most frames should work for you since oval faces are usually well proportioned. “Round or aviator-style frames can complement oval faces as they’re slightly wider than the broadest part of your face and bring all your features to the forefront,” that said, you can also play with bold textures or playful shapes as you can get away with it. So experiment and have fun!
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If you’re not one to play by the rules or you’re not 100 percent sure you fall into any of the above face-shape categories, its simply a case of trying on a wide selection of styles and taking plenty of selfies to refer back to. A good starting point is a light tortoiseshell colour slightly curved style that suits most skin tones and hair colours without clashing and should flatter most face shapes.
Visit Arthur Hayes for help and advice on choosing frames alongside the most up to date technology for eye tests including new Optomap Retinal imaging which gives ultra-widefield images of unrivalled clarity. They are experts in glaucoma screening, cataract assessment, keratoconus monitoring, macular degeneration assessment, dry eye treatments, low vision assessment, dyslexia and visual stress so you can be sure your eye health and style is taken seriously.
ARTHUR HAYES, 10 Middle Row, East Grinstead, RH19 3AX. Tel: 01342 312377. Open Tuesday – Sunday.