How to Pick the Perfect Frames

Use these tips to find glasses to match your personality.

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Health Monitor Staff
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Your specs are the first “prop” everyone notices, so why not choose a style that complements your eyes and your personality? Consider your job, interests and fashion sense, suggests The Vision Council, a trade group for the eyeglass industry. Then pick the style that fits you best!

If your sense of style is...

Professional:
Look for an understated design
Try thin wire or plastic frames with oval, almond or rectangular lenses. Pick a tone (e.g., gold, brown) that blends with your hair.

Active: Look for a stylish yet sturdy design
Try lightweight plastic frames with a softer shape (oval, upswept rectangle, soft cat-eye). Pick a color (tortoise shell, bronze, plum) that looks good day or night—perfect for on-the-go moms!

Minimalist: Look for a sleek design
Try a streamlined metal frame with a slightly curved rectangular shape, in a gold or gunmetal shade. Rimless frames are also popular now (great if you want a custom-sized lens).

Modern: Look for a geometric design
Try thick plastic frames with a wider nose bridge; for lens shape, look for a larger-sized square or sharp rectangle (think “geek chic”). To balance the bold size, pick a neutral color like black or tortoise shell.

C
lassic: Look for a timeless design
Try a thinner frame, uplifting shape (upswept rectangle, soft cat-eye) and a lighter, shinier hue. Tinted lenses are great, too. This look is sophisticated and perfect for baby boomers (stay away from dark, dull colors, which can be aging).

Funky: Look for a retro design
Try an oversized cat-eye shape in a translucent or two-toned color. Crystals or metal embellishments can add glamour.

Published
April 2013