How To Pick New Glasses Frames

How To Pick New Glasses Frames

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How To Pick New Glasses Frames.

To many, buying sunglasses can be an absolute minefield. With so many shapes and sizes and colors to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones work best for your face shape. Here are three essential factors to consider when choosing glasses frames that will help you find the perfect pair.

how to pick new glasses frames

1. Frame Size

Before you buy a pair of sunglasses it is absolutely imperative that you measure your face beforehand in millimeters so you have a crystal clear idea of your dimensions. You need to measure:

  1. The distance between your left and right temples
  2. Your jawline (between ear to ear)
  3. Your face length
  4. Forehead length
  5. Bridge Width

How to choose glasses frames

After you have found out what your dimensions are it will now be easier for you to choose a pair of glasses by size. 

Here are the typical measurement types that are provided to you by the sunglasses company.

How to measure sunglasses

How sunglasses are measured

Sometimes you see a set of three numbers printed on the underside of the temple arms. These are the lens width, bridge width and temple arms. 

numbers on side of glasses

If you know what all of your measurements on your face are, you will be able to successfully choose a frame size. For example, if you have a small forehead - you know that glasses with large frames - may not work.

2. Facial Shape

When choosing a pair of glasses frames, it is also important to consider the shape of your actual face first.

For more information about this - check out our guide

sunglasses for face shape

If the above diagram has thrown you somewhat, the examples below will put everything into context for you.

Face Shape Examples

Face Shapes Celebrities

Famous Face Shapes

The best way to decipher your face shape is to trace the outline of your face whilst standing in front of a mirror using a lipstick or something with a soluble substance. When you stand back after drawing the outline, you will be able to attribute a shape. If you are undecided - then reach out to a friend. Often we don't have the correct perceptions of ourselves.

3. Color of the Frames

Getting the color of the frames exactly right is also incredibly important. You need to be thinking about what will work best with your hair color.

Here are some frame color ideas based on hair colors.

Best colour glasses for blonde hair

Glasses For Brown Hair

Red and Black Glasses Frames

Grey Hair Glasses

4. How To Match My Frames With My Outfit

In the eventuality that you have chosen a pair of sunglasses with a bold color - you will be wondering next - 'how do I complement the rest of my outfit with this choice?' And that would be a very good question. If you are going somewhere important, like a wedding - then this will matter.

There is in fact a scientific way of doing this, based on a color wheel that Sir Isaac Newton invented in 1666. He composed a wheel of harmonizing colors. All you need to do is look at the color exactly opposite the color you have chosen and that will tell you the perfect match.

Sir Isaac Newton's color theory is explained in more detail in this chart.

color theory

© Canva image

The best one to use is an online one, developed by Canva. You simply click on your color of choice and it automatically choose a perfect match.

I am sure you have questions - such as, 'but hang on a minute...I have tortoiseshell glasses..' Well, in this eventuality - I would keeping looking for the correct shade of brown within the Canva circle and determine it's complementary color. 

All four items that have been discussed above will massively help you determine what style, size and shape and color sunglasses you should choose.

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