Envision Style: Men’s frames and sunglasses

Today’s blog is one for the boys! There are plenty of style tips and tricks for the ladies when it comes to wearing frames and sunglasses including make-up tips, hairstyles and face shape however it can be hard for the men out there to confidently decide what suits them.

Listed below is a range of tips for choosing glasses. For more information or to read the full article go to www.realmenrealstyle.com/men-glasses-how-to-wear

Shape

Here’s the basic rule for the shape of your glasses:  figure out what your face is lacking, and get frames that provide it.  If you have a very angular face with lots of lines and planes you want rounded glasses to add some curves in there.

If you have a soft face with curving features you’ll do better in straight or angled glasses.  That’s the basic paradigm.  Within it, there are some basic dos and don’ts for the various shapes we see faces in:

Glasses for Round Faces

To really be considered “round” a face needs to be about the same width and height, with a curving chin and cheeks.  Something angular and slimming is your best look for a round face.  Flat, rectangular lenses will make your face appear longer and thinner, particularly if they sit high on your face.

A little bit of a “butterfly” taper — where the edges of the lenses closest to your nose are shorter than the outer edges — can work, but the corners should be squared off rather than rounded.  Thick frames look a little clunky on a round face, so keep the actual material thin.

Round face

Glasses for Square Faces

A square face is similar to a round face in that it’s about equal in width and height.  The features are more angled, with a broad chin and strong jaw squaring the shape off.

Men who want to soften their impression up a little can wear rounded lenses.  If you like the strong profile and don’t want glasses to make you look imposing, squared-off shapes can still work, but be sure the lenses are large and about even in height and width.

square face

Glasses for an Oval/Long Face

Oval faces are the universal blood type of eyewear.  They work well with most styles as long as you avoid the extremes.  An oval face is taller than it is wide, with a rounded chin and high cheekbones, and it can wear either squared-off frames or curving ones.

The lenses can be narrow or wide, though too square or circular a lens (where the height and width are close to the same) may look a little clunky for your narrow face.  A thicker frame can add definition to your face — just be careful not to get anything so heavy that it overpowers your actual features.

 long face

Glasses for Heart/ Triangular Shaped Faces

Narrow cheekbones and a small chin look very pretty in photos, but they’re sort of a pain to fit glasses for.  You can take a lot of the emphasis off a pointed chin by wearing lenses that are wider at the top than the bottom.  A butterfly taper to the sides can help as well by bringing the attention in toward the center of your face.

Stay away from anything too blocky or squared-off — it won’t work with the curves in your face’s shape.  Ultra-narrow frames may look a little wimpy on a heart-shaped face, so don’t be shy about a thicker wire or plastic.

 triangular faceChoosing the Color of Your Glasses

Unless you have the money for multiple frames, you’re going to be stuck with the color of your glasses for a long time.  Choose it carefully!  Suit-and-tie men are limited by their formal dress code to the most traditional and neutral options:  base metallic colors (gold and silver tones) or fine black are acceptable, but anything thick, plastic-looking, or brightly-colored is going to clash with business dress.

Frame Materials

There are dozens of different chemicals and alloys used to make eyeglass frames.  Plastics and nylon-based composites are usually used for brightly-colored glasses, though painted metals are also available.  Higher-end sports glasses can be equally colorful, but are made from more flexible nylon materials.

Titanium and titanium alloys are popular metals for their light weight and flexibility.  Be cautious of cheaper blended metals if you have sensitive skin — most alloys used for eyeglass frames include nickel, which some people have a contact allergy.  Aluminum frames are cheap, but not very durable.

At Envision Optical we take great pride in embracing diversity in fashion, colour and shapes. We can proudly say that across our 4 stores we stock frames sourced from all over the world including Paris, Italy, London and New York, as well as many locally grown fashion icons. Visit one of our 4 stores and let us help you make the right decision.

 

 











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