Earlier this year, my husband got his first pair of glasses as an adult. He had them when he was a child but he hated wearing them and he would actually break them so that he didn't have to wear them. Naughty but true.
Wearing glasses is seen as a lot cooler nowadays than it was back when he was a child and they're often thought of as quite the fashion statement now. Mr WLL always says then when he was a child there was hardly any glasses to choose from, none of them were considered to be cool and that often meant that he'd end up with glasses that he really didn't like.
Fast forward all of these years later and he now has a pair of glasses that he loves the look of and feels confident wearing. I think a lot of that comes down to the style of them and the fact that they really suit him.
Choosing glasses can be quite tricky because there is so much choice available at the moment from the style to the shape and the colour to the cost. The trick first and foremost though is to choose glasses that suit the shape of your face and in a colour to suit your colouring, then from there you can select from so many different pairs that are out there whether it be online or in store.
First of all, you need to work out your face shape. There's so many articles online that can help you to do this and you'll be able to find them with a quick Google search. Essentially though, all you need to do is to look at your self head on in a mirror and imagine you're tracing the outline of your face. Note the shape that it creates whether it be a heart shape, oblong, round, oval, diamond or triangle. Then its best to choose a frame that will contrast well with your face shape, for example, those with small, round faces tend to look great in angular glasses, rectangle, square and wayfarer frames but not so great in round glasses and those that are very oversized.
Once you've worked out your face shape and the style of frames that would suit you, I'd then suggest moving on to choosing what colour frames you would go for. Generally speaking, people either have cool toned skin or warm toned skin, the same with their hair and eye colour, and it is best to choose glasses that compliment that tone. So if you have cool toned skin and hair then black frames look great, as do silver, whereas if you have warm skin and hair then browns, tortoiseshell and golds look great. You will often find that a blue pair of glasses will really help to bring out the colour of blue eyes, so playing around with colour in that way is a good idea too. For me and my colouring, I find that soft browns and gold really suit me. These Ray Ban sunglasses are some of my favourites in my collection and I love how light and complimentry they are to my skin and hair.
Lastly, having considered your face shape and the shape and colour of the glasses that will suit you the most, its then time to pick from all of the different glasses out there. There are glasses available online to suit any budget so if theres a particular frame style that you like but you find that they are too pricey on one site, I can bet your bottom dollar that the same or a similar pair will be available on another website. There are plenty of cheap glasses at Eyeweardock.com that won't break the bank but they'll give you the choice of style, colour and price that you need when choosing the right glasses for you.
What I like about Eyeweardock is that they have such a wide range of famous brands but they're available at reasonable prices so you can have that designer look without the designer price tag. They offer fast and affordable worldwide shipping too, plus they have offers such as free international delivery when you spend over $300 which is pretty easy to do when you're buying glasses. They're worth investing in as you're going to be using them a lot!
Not only do Eyeweardock offer glasses but they have a great selection of sunglasses too which is great if you're buying sunglasses online anyway but even more ideal if you're needing a prescription in your lens. I personally love the styles by Chloe for sunglasses and D&G and Gucci for their actual eyeglasses as they tend to have frames that are a little thicker and make a statement. For those who prefer a light weight, more traditional looking frame then I'd suggest Rodenstock glasses as these are much more subtle in appearance and wont draw attention to the glasses. These are the kind that Mr WLL likes the most because he doesn't like to look as though he's wearing glasses from a distance so he tends to opt for light weight, fine looking frames.
Whatever glasses you go for, the opportunities are endless and there'll always be a pair out there to suit your style and your budget. The key is finding out your face shape and skin tone first!
What are your favourite style or brand of glasses?
*written in collaboration with Catherine Lavina, all opinions are my own as always