As an all-important accessory that sits directly on your face, your glasses have a profound impact on your overall look. When selected wisely, they can enhance your features, complement your style, and boost your confidence. However, there are common eyewear fashion mistakes you can fall into, which can undermine your look and damage your frames. Here are some points to keep in mind to avoid these pitfalls.
1. Choosing the Wrong Frame for Your Face Shape
It’s critical to consider your face shape when picking out frames. Wearing glasses that conflict with your natural facial features can throw off your whole look. For instance, square glasses can accentuate the sharp features of a square face instead of softening them. On the other hand, round glasses can make a round face look even rounder. Properly matching your glasses to your face shape will ensure a balanced and harmonious appearance.
2. Neglecting the Importance of Frame Color
The color of your eyewear plays a significant role in complementing or contrasting with your skin tone, hair color, and even the color of your eyes. For example, if you have a warm skin tone (yellow or gold undertones), frames in earth tones like gold, honey, beige, or olive green can enhance your complexion. For those with cool skin tones (pink or blue undertones), choosing frames in silver, black, gray, purple, or blue can be flattering.
3. Overlooking Frame Size
Frame size matters a lot in eyewear fashion. Wearing glasses that are too large can make your face look disproportionately small and vice versa. Also, oversized glasses can slide down your nose and be uncomfortable, while glasses that are too small can squeeze your temples and cause headaches. To maintain comfort and a balanced look, make sure your eyewear fits just right.
Tips for Avoiding These Mistakes
- Always try on glasses before purchasing. Even better, make use of virtual try-on tools to experiment with different styles and sizes.
- Consider multiple factors like your face shape, skin tone, personal style, and comfort when choosing glasses.
- Don’t be afraid to seek advice. Ask for opinions from friends, family, or the store’s staff. You can even consult with a style expert or image consultant.
- Take good care of your glasses to maintain their appearance and longevity. Regular cleaning, proper storage, and timely repairs can keep your eyewear looking good as new.
At Zenni Optical, we understand how important it is to find the right eyewear that complements your style and enhances your features. To help you avoid common eyewear fashion mistakes, we offer an extensive collection of glasses in various styles, colors, and sizes. Plus, with our online frame shape guide and virtual try-on feature, you’ll have all the tools you need to find your perfect pair.
About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC
Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has worked in various eye care settings, including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinics, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Moh is dedicated to improving global vision health by making high-quality, affordable eyewear accessible to all. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and actively contributes to optical education through training and lectures.