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Things looking a little blurry? Glasses got scratched or stepped on? Want to update your look with some new frames? Whatever the reason, when it’s time to buy new glasses you might get overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices out there. Here are some pointers for important things to keep in mind so that you’ll end up with flattering and affordable new glasses.
1. Your Face Shape
Well-chosen glasses can really flatter your face shape, but you need to keep a few tips in mind. First, figure out what your face shape is – round, oval, heart, or square. If you’re having trouble figuring out which category your face shape falls into, you can try outlining it on your bathroom mirror with a dry-erase marker. Then be sure to choose frames with a contrasting shape. For example, if your face is round, choose square frames to contrast with your face shape. For more detailed instructions for choosing glasses for your face shape, check out this guide from FramesDirect.com.
2. Your Face Size
Glasses aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal. There are definitely bigger and smaller frames out there. When you’re choosing frames, make sure to keep your face size in mind. You don’t want to choose frames that are going to dwarf your face, but you also don’t want them to look cartoonishly small, either.
3. Your Skin Tone
Your glasses frames are going to have some sort of color, and you want to make sure it’s a flattering one. Everyone has an either yellow- or blue-based skin tone (warm or cool). If your skin has pink or blue undertones, you have a cool complexion. If it has yellow tones, you have a warm complexion. When you’re choosing your frames, try to choose a color that complements your skin tone. You might also consider choosing a color that highlights your best features, like green frames to go with your green eyes or copper frames to complement your red hair.
Unfortunately, price is going to be a factor when you choose your new glasses frames. Those designer frames are really cute, but are they really worth hundreds of dollars? Probably not. Besides trying to find the cheaper options (Glasses.com and EyeBuyDirect have some nice affordable frames), another way to keep the costs of your new glasses down is to get vision insurance. With an affordable vision plan like those that VSP Direct offers, you’ll be able to save not only on your lenses and frames, but also on eye exams.
5. Your Prescription
A final thing you should consider when you’re deciding which frames to buy is your prescription. If you have a light prescription, then you should be able to have just about any type of frames you want. If your prescription is very strong, though, your lenses will be thicker and it might limit your choices in frames. For stronger prescriptions, it’s better to choose chunkier frames that will be able to accommodate thicker lenses.
Now that you’ve chosen the perfect frames, go out and rock your new glasses!