Whether you are sitting behind your desk or you are driving around to meet your clients, you need to know what kind of image you would like to present. Just like the famous round frame from the well known architect I.M. Pei, or the wrap around sunglasses from ‘The Terminator’. Eyeglass frames can tell others who you are. For those who are in the creative business, it is certainly for your best interest to get into a fashion forward trend setting style. On the other hand, if you are a doctor or accountant, you may like to look into a style that is more conservative that projects a steady and scholastic image.
Put aside the image you like to present, you might also like to match your glasses with your personality. We believe that every pair of glasses is like a poem, it conveys a certain mood and tone when it is on your face. You do not expect a rock singer to play classical music, in the same token, we do not expect you to put on a frame that does not match your personality. Every eyeglass frame tells a different “story”, we want to help you tell the right “story”.
One other factor you must consider is how are you going to use this pair of glasses. If you are a soft spoken, gentle person, and you are going to purchase a pair of glasses for your wood working session then you will need to get a frame which is sturdy and safe. A pair of glasses that is able to withstand high impact. It would be a terrible mistake to pick up a delicate frame for that purpose. Likewise, you want to complement your formal dress with a nice pair of glasses. A pair of Daniel Swarosky glasses with some subtle crystals on it will be a stunning combination. Are you going to wear your glasses with jean and T-shirt or are you going to wear them with your suit and tie? These are important factors to consider.
Talking about skin undertone, most people belong to one of the two categories. You can be either a person with cool (blue-based) undertone or you can be one with a warm (yellow-based) undertone. Just like a person with a cool undertone do not wear gold jewelry. Certain color enhance a person’s face, while others crash with your skin tone. Everyone looks best in his or her own color base. Therefore eyewear color should complement your personal coloring.
How do we determine your personal color tone? The main factors to determine your color tone are the colors of the skin, eyes and hair. Normally we consider a person who has a warm undertone when skin is brownish with a yellow undertone. Olive color normally is consider a cool undertone because it is a mixture of blue and yellow. If your skin carry a pink or blue undertone, then you have a cool complexion.
Hair colors are also considered warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, salt-and-pepper and "dishwater" brown are cool tone.
Warm hair colors include golden blond, flat black, brown-gold, "carrot" and "dirty" gray.
Eye colors is another element in determining your color tone. Blue eyes can range from a cool almost-violet to a pale blue-gray, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) to a cool almost-black.
Once you determined your color tone, select a frame color that compliment your undertone. Pick a warm color frame if you carry a warm undertone. Select a cool color frame if your belong to the winter tone.
The shape of your face is possibly the most important factor to consider in choosing the right frames to your face. Although there are many systems to determine your face shape, a simple way to follow is as following:
• Look yourself in a mirror
• Put a point at the outer corners of your eyes.
• Put a point at the edge of your cheek bone.
• Put a point at the edge of your jaw bone.
• As you connect the points together, you will be able to determine if your face shape belongs to one of the five face shapes, round, square, oval, diamond or triangle.
• A round face has curvilinear lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make the face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face.
• The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval's natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as the broadest part of the face.
• The triangular face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face.
• Inverted triangular face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials, and rimless frame styles.
• A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make the square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth and narrow ovals.
• Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and bring out the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes
Finally, we need to look at your prescription to select a right frame for your face. Do not pick a frame with sharp corners if you carry a high prescription. Likewise, we do not recommend you to select a large frame for a high prescription since it will increase the edge thickness of your lens.