Fashion For Eyes

Fashion For Eyes

Inspired by my recent New York trip I felt it was about time I wrote an article about fashion and eyewear. Like it or not your spectacles make a statement about you and your style, perhaps even more so than your clothes, after all they are sat on your nose for all to see!

The fashion savvy themes for this year are:

1. Texture – frame materials such as velvet, leather, bone, wood and bamboo.

2. Shape – Round is particularly on trend, however a tricky shape to wear so alternatively square styles, the bigger the better, oversized is very much in vogue. Anything with an air of Retro is also very cool.

3. Colour – Two tone colours are back, colour pops of clashing colours like reds with pink, blues with violets. Strong block colour of browns and blacks are also in fashion.

Matching Frames to Face Shapes

You should consider three main points when choosing an eyeglass frame for your face shape:

1. Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).

2. The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.

3. The frame size should be in scale with your face size. Unless following the trend of oversizing.

Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are sevenbasic face shapes:

Round: A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.

Oval: An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.

Oblong: An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative or contrasting sides that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Base-Down Triangle: A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with colour and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes.

Base-Up Triangle: This 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 colours and materials and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws, with no surrounding frame material).

Diamond: Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

Square: A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.