When choosing new glasses, there’s a lot to consider. There’s the technical stuff, of course; what kind of anti-glare coatings you should get, if you want blue light protection, if you’d prefer photochromic lenses. These things can be discussed at length with your optometrist, who will give you recommendations based on your lifestyle. The more daunting considerations, however, come with matters of taste; how you want to look, and what glasses are right for you. Every person is different, so everyone’s taste is going to differ at least a little; that said if you’re thinking of getting new glasses, but you’re not sure what you want to wear, there are a few handy tips to help steer you in what might be the right direction.

One important thing to be aware of when selecting new glasses is the shape of your face. Humans generally like symmetry, so your glasses can be used to balance the shape of your face in a way that’s pleasing to the eye. This is done by choosing styles that contrast with your face shape. To illustrate, let’s look at four face types and describe glasses that might suit them well.

Individuals with square faces have prominent jawlines and broad foreheads, and the widths and lengths of the face are about all even. This creates a very strong, angular look; choose thin, circular or oval glasses in order to soften up your face and create contrast.

Those with round shape faces have basically the opposite look of a square face; still very proportional, but the lines are all curves with no angles. That means you want something to add strong lines to the face; angular glasses are a very good pick, here, with squares and rectangles making your face look longer and slimmer.

Folks with heart-shaped faces have foreheads that are longer than their tapered jawlines. The astute reader can likely guess where we’re trying to find a balance here; by adding glasses that have thick bottom frames or a wide shape at the bottom will create a balance between the forehead and the jaw.

There are a plethora of other face shapes to consider, but the concept remains the same; find a way to create symmetry and balance in the face. Another factor to consider is the undertones of the skin; you may have warm or cool undertones, and that will affect the types of glasses that may work best for you. For metallics, warm tones work best with gold, while cool tones work best with silver. You can also consider the colours in your eyes when you choose glasses; find a pair with colours that bring out the natural look of your eye.

When you’re looking for new glasses, your Winnipeg eye care professionals can help; while this guide will give you some idea, meeting with someone in person to discuss aesthetics is the best way of finding the perfect pair. Licensed Opticians are masters of eyeglass aesthetics, and will be able to consult with you to help find a perfect pair.