So now you're thinking, "How am I supposed to try on a pair of
reading glasses online?" First of all, you think way too much. Take
a break. Have an orange soda or something. When you come back,
check out our style expert pages. There's no better way to know
that leopard-print pair with the rhinestones aren't for you, and
maybe you should go with the classic tortoise - you know?
Our style experts will give you all sorts of tips on how to narrow
down your selection to find the frames and styles that work for
you. It's all about your complexion and face shape.
"I have given women who wear
reading glasses the hip, trendy style they've never had
before." - Corinne McCormack, designer
Discover Your Face Shape
Once again, you're thinking too much. Admit it. You just asked
yourself, "Face shape? My face has a shape?"
It sure does. And we know how you can find out which shape you
are. (We know these things. It's what we do.) Just look in the
mirror and answer these questions:
Is my face longer than wide? Or is it about even in both
dimensions? (Neither one is weird. Really. No judgments, moon
Is my face wider up top than towards the bottom, or vice versa? Or
am I pretty even all the way down? (Don't get cocky. Nobody's
Do I have strong angles on my face, or is it softer?
Now, if you can pull yourself away from the mirror for a second
(geez), draw that shape on a piece of paper. Chances are that shape
is pretty darn close to the face shape you should be shopping
for: Round, Square, Oval or Triangle.
How to Match Your Face Shape With
Two things to keep in mind:
1. Your frames should contrast your face shape.
2. The overall frame width should be pretty close to your overall
Round - A face that's round has a
curved outline with the overall length and width just about equal.
Angular, narrow frames will help make a round face appear thinner.
And rectangular reading glasses look
really great on round faces. It's like a fine frame around a work
of art. Yeah, that's it.
Square - A face with a strong jaw
line, broad forehead, and similar proportions in length and width,
is usually described as "square." You Squares should look for
frames with softer angles that are wider than they are long. Oval or round shaped lenses make people with
square face shapes look like celebrities, heroes or much-beloved
Oval - An oval face is longer than
it is wide. A frame with some height will make the face appear
beautifully balanced. Look for frames that cover a portion of the
extended cheeks like square or round shapes, with interesting temples
to add extra a little width. And awesomeness.
Triangle - Your face is wider up
top and narrows towards the chin. It's not a woman or man thing. In
fact, unofficial studies have shown that everyone secretly wishes
he or she had a heart-shaped face. So when you're done feeling
smug, look for square shapes, or lighter or rimless
frames that are wider at the bottom.
Compliment Your Complexion With Your Glasses
Now that you've got your face shape figured out, let's talk
The color of your reading glasses should complement your skin
tone. Are you cool or warm? A warm complexion has a yellowish tone
about it, while a cool complexion has pink or blue
If you're a Warm, consider Gold, Khaki, Tan, Camel, Orange, Red,
If you're Cool - Relax. Not like The Fonz. We're still talking
color here. Black, Red-Brown, Dark Tortoise, Pink, Blue, or
But in the end, it's all about having fun. Find pairs that suit
your mood, your outfit or the occasion. Because if you feel
like you look good, you do. Now go shopping!