Eyeglasses can help people see the real you, or they can help create the image you want. The key is to find the right eyeglass frames to match your personality and lifestyle. To narrow down your choices, consider what eyewear experts suggest in terms of styling, color, material and size for various lifestyles.
To help instill trust and confidence among a wide variety of your business clients and colleagues, it’s usually best to stay with conservative frame shapes and colors. Consider these choices to enhance your professional image:
• Classic shapes such as ovals, rectangles and almonds.
• Traditional colors of gold, silver, brown, gray and black.
• In plastic frames, no bright colors or unusual shapes.
“Titanium and stainless steel are also good choices, as are rimless and three-piece mountings,” says Richard Morgenthal, owner of New York City eyewear boutique Morgenthal-Frederics.
Silver, gunmetal, brown and black are recommended for men because these are easy, conservative tones to wear and match with business suits. Brown, golden tones, silver, burgundy, black and espresso are good selections for women.
One way to show your creative, fashionista side is with modern shapes, such as geometric designs in thicker and larger plastic frames. Many modern metal frames also can be creative in appearance.
Today’s more fashionable, larger-sized eyeglasses also are an option, as are more unusual colors — such as blue, green and purple. Multi-colored laminates are another possibility, as are flower patterns and animal prints. Morgenthal also recommends laser-cut details and finishes for this style of frame because these touches are unusual and very modern.
Another big fashion trend lately is retro or vintage styling. Look for exaggerated takes on frame styles from the ’70s and ’80s — such as oversized cat-eye and aviator shapes, as well as mod looks from the ’60s.
“Everyone wants to look young and modern,” says Robert Marc, eyewear designer and president of Robert Marc Opticians, a chain of upscale optical stores in New York City. He recommends frame shapes that are uplifting for the face, such as upswept rectangles for men and soft cat-eye shapes for women.
Certain colors also can make you look younger. Marc suggests gunmetal, deep browns and burgundy for men and lighter, shinier hues for women.
“Shine adds life to the face for women,” he says. He also suggests avoiding silver, black and dark, dull colors, just as hairstylists recommend lighter hair coloring for mature women.
Whether you’re studying engineering or art, business or French literature, college is a time to develop your own identity — and show off your style.
Without the constraints of a conservative office environment, you have a lot more leeway in terms of eyewear styling, including eye-catching colors and shapes.
Unusual shapes, bright colors, larger sizes and interesting details such as color laminations, all are readily available in a variety of prices and brand names.
For the busy mom (or dad) on-the-go with little time to worry about the latest trends in eyewear, a basic yet stylish pair of glasses might work best.
Ovals, upswept rectangles and soft cat-eye shapes are very functional and still look great.
Depending on your personal style, you could choose to amplify the fashion effect of a basic shape with details such as jewelry-like metal accents or recognizable designer logos.
Interesting colors such as plum, deep red, soft green and black can also add a fashion edge to a basic frame.
Though this discussion has been about frames, here are a few important notes about your eyeglass lenses:
1. Always choose anti-reflective coating for your lenses. This clear coating eliminates annoying reflections, improves night vision and enables people to see your eyes more clearly.
2. For thinner, lighter, more attractive lenses, choose polycarbonate or high-index plastic lenses with an aspheric design.
3. Photochromic lenses that automatically darken in sunlight are a great choice if you spend time outdoors and don’t want to always carry a pair of sunglasses with you.
4. If you’re over age 40, why advertise your age with bifocals or trifocals? Line-free progressive lenses provide clear vision at all distances and give older adults a more youthful appearance.
Notice: An important factor in sports eyewear is the lens:
• Polarized sunglass lenses reduce glare from light reflecting off water.
• Polycarbonate lenses are shatter-resistant for impact sports.
• And various lens tints work to enhance your vision in different lighting conditions.
Finally, be aware that you have many choices in eyewear and it can get confusing. Seek the advice of a skilled optician to the find frames and lenses that will help you look and see your best.