Having been blessed with decent vision, I have so far not needed to rely on glasses. However, having worked in the optical industry until quite recently, I naturally own a decent collection. I have a minor prescription, which means there aren’t really any limitations as to what shape or design I choose which allows me to have a bit of fun, but that isn’t the case for all. Today I will be showing you my current collection for some inspiration, followed by some tips in how to choose the right shape and size for your prescription.
The Cat Eye
Cat eye glasses are my favourites. They are quite a daring design, with a vintage feminine aesthetic. They are most flattering for people with bigger features, as they are very present on the face and can sometimes overwhelm. I find that they can also very easily age someone up or down. For a more modern and youthful look try them in a more subtle clear acetate (crystal and rose suit an array of people) or a nice tortoiseshell.
A very classic shape, the aviator is an oversized frame with a casual aesthetic. Designed by Bausch & Lomb for pilots in 1936, this is one of the first popularised styles of sunglasses to be developed. Since the aviators have always been at the centre of pop culture and fashion, they are made by almost every brand out there. With a vintage feel, reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s I like styling these with a basic t-shirt and some straight legged, high-waisted blue jeans for an effortless chic Parisian look.
Shuron Ronsirs originally released the browline eyeglasses in 1947 and they were instantly popular, making the style synonymous with the 50’s and 60’s. The browline glasses are a squared off round shape and draw attention to the wearer’s natural browline by using a dark material along the top half of the frame. A very classic and smart looking frame that suits most people. I find these a great option for people with a weaker brow, as it can help balance out features.
Plain acetate glasses in simple designs do not usually suit me, as they are too small on my big featured face. I love a good pair of tortoiseshell acetates, however I always have to go for a clear frame, in this case a mint crystal, which is a great option if you feel overwhelmed, or if everything just seems too narrow on your face.
Oversized, rounded frames were quite popular a couple of years ago. I find them quite reminiscent of those big rounded glasses popular in the 70s and 80’s. They are great for people with wider faces, for whom a pair of normal sized round frames are just too narrow.
Frames for Your Prescription
First of all, let’s set out some facts.
A minus prescription will result in thickness sitting on the edge of the lens and a plus prescription will result in thickness in the middle. The larger the frame, the thicker the lens will be regardless of your prescription, the heavier the pair.
I never followed any face shape rules when helping customers choose frames. It is often inaccurate and you may find something that supposedly shouldn’t suit you will be the best on you. Don’t limit yourself by any rules or preconceptions, go in with an open mind and be ready to try on everything. Face shape is not the ultimate determinant, face width and your prescription are. A poor optical dispenser will let you pick anything. A good one will set boundaries and let you know what will work best for your vision, which is the whole point anyway, as a bad frame choice can cause distortion in your vision.
PRESCRIPTION RANGE: +/-0.25 to +/-2.50 Sphere or Cylinder (If both, then added together)
- If you sit in this range then get ready for some fun. There are no real limitations induced by your script. As you will likely be sold a 1.5 index lens, the position of your eye within the lens will not matter and no distortion will occur.
PRESCRIPTION RANGE: +/-2.75 or above Sph or Cyl (If both, then added together)
- If you sit within this range, you will likely be sold a high index lens (1.6, 1.67, 1.74). When choosing a frame for use with a high index lens, what you need to watch out for is where your eye sits within the frame.
- You will want the eye to be as central within the lenses as possible, as the position of the eyes can cause unwanted thickness. Eyes too close to the bridge will cause thickness on the outside edge for minus prescriptions and thickness on the inside edge for plus prescriptions.
HIGH SCRIPTS and MULTIFOCALS
- For multifocals, you will want your eyes sitting as close to the centre of the lens as possible. The frames should not sit too low on the cheeks, as you may have issues accessing the reading portion of your lenses.
- The best choice of frame for high scripts is always a small round acetate frame. Smaller, round frames cut out the bulk that may exist around the edge of the lens and the thick acetate will hide any remaining thickness. Metal frames will not only struggle to hold a thicker lens, but will also make them very obvious, and can sometimes cause glare as light can reflect into it. Square frames will also add thickness as a wider area of the lens will need to be cut out.