Style Guide: Spectacular Specs

I have been going around for almost a year with slightly hazy vision. Perfect vision is clearly over rated, right? Actually, I do have perfect vision, but when I saw my friend’s awesome glasses, I sacrificed vision for vanity. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that it occurred to me that I could go out and buy my own pair of faux glasses. Yes, I know. Duh. So, last week, my friend willingly joined me to seek out some spectacular specs.  Although, looking back, he was probably just eager to help me find my own pair of glasses so I would stop borrowing his. Now, if you know me, you know that I shop with purpose. I don’t dilly dally about, flittering from one rack to another. I strike with purpose. Shopping with me can sometimes feel like you are sprinting while hunting. Not that I would have support doing such activities simultaneously in real life. Needless to say, I was in and out of the mall in under 20 minutes with my very own faux glasses. Perfect vision not included.

Grand Rapids Fashion Designer

Choosing Glasses:
1. Consider your face shape
2. Consider your coloring
3. Have fun

Face Shapes:

Round Face
To compliment a round face and make it appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames and frames that are wider than they are deep.

An oval face is said to be the ideal face shape. To compliment your oval face’s natural balance, try frames that are as wide or wider as the broadest part of your face.

Square Face
With a strong, square jaw, try narrow oval and rectangular frames with rounded edges which will help soften the angles and lengthen your face.

With a narrow forehead and wider cheeks and chin, choose a half rim (semi rim) style or a dramatic cat eye to bring attention up and balance out your jaw line.

This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws, with no surrounding frame material).

Basically, the frame shape should contrast with your face shape, and the frame size should be in scale with your face size.


Peach or yellow undertones
Eyeglass frame hues for warm coloring are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, ivory, fire-engine red, and blond tortoise.

Blue or pink undertones
Eyeglass frame hues for cool coloring are: black, silver, rose-brown, gray, plum, magenta, blue and dark tortoise.

Warm + Cool
Olive is considered a mixture of warm and cool.

Have fun:

Honestly, feel free to follow these suggestions, but have fun and go with what looks good and what you like. Sure, there are guidelines for most things in fashion, but truthfully, it’s more about what you like and what makes you feel confident.

Grand Rapids Fashion Designer

– J