Men’s Spectacles/Glasses Guide

Introduction

Opticians have been inevitable stops on my shopping trips for over a decade – since I got my first pair of glasses. At that time, when glasses were either rimless or Oakley, my choice was a black/yellow acetate (plastic) rectangular Gucci pair I dared to wear to school (yes, the kid with yellow specs at seventeen). From that day on, my specs would never go unnoticed.

Whether, like Tinie Tempah, your vision is 20/20 and your lenses are just for effect (in that case, keep it between yourself and your optician) or because you didn’t opt for laser surgery or contacts, you are an adept of the most prominent accessory the human body can carry.

Such a powerful style tool sitting right upon your nose mustn’t make an apologetic statement on your behalf. They should help build your unique look.

With a vast amount of silhouettes, colours and materials available on the market, choosing the right pair is a complex, but enjoyable exercise. Master the challenge and you’ll see it pay off, with your new glasses becoming a trademark of your personal style.

Tips For Perfect-Fitting Spectacles

Guides for face and specs harmony are often as long as novels, but they’re actually spelling out one simple rule: in order to suit you, frames should have the opposite geometry of your face.

In other words:

  • Round/Oval Faces:Look for square, rectangular or angular shapes.
  • Square Faces:Go for rounder or half-rimmed frames that will soften your strong lines.
  • Oblong Faces:You want larger frames that will dress the verticality of your face.

For more advice on finding the right frame for your face shape, check out ourcomprehensive sunglasses guide.

Spectacles Buying Guidelines

Knowing your face shape is a good start, but at the opticians the choice will not be this straightforward. Here’s a ten-step guide to help improve your optical journey:

  1. Smile.If your cheeks lift the glasses, kiss that style goodbye.
  2. Check the width.With the specs on, place your pointing fingers next to each eye, right by the inside corners of the frame. It should fit just right, with none or very little space left. If that’s not the case, the frame is too wide or too narrow for you. Next!
  3. Glasses need tweaking.Make sure the bridge (the between-lenses part), shaft and rims are adjusted to your face and feel absolutely comfortable. Don’t settle for anything short of perfection – this process can be compared to getting a suit tailored specifically to your body shape.
  4. Take a selfie.The only timeFashionBeanswill ever recommend a ‘selfie’, show a picture of you wearing your potential new frames to someone you trust and ask their opinion. The bold and extroverted amongst you could even try Instagram/Facebook polls and let the audience decide.
  5. Who are your four-eyed style icons?You can channel Andy Warhol, Clark Kent, David Gandy, Michael Caine, Buddy Holly, Jarvis Cocker – the list is endless. After all, styles are made iconic by their famous adepts.
  6. Don’t get blinded by over-designed frames.Multi-coloured, sculpted and pseudo-futuristic styles are prerogatives of very few people. Stick with designs that truly represent your personality and you know you can pull off.
  7. Watch out for the ‘everyone else is wearing it’ trap.These frames have the chance to become a signature of your personal style, so don’t fall for clichés.
  8. Don’t be colour blind.You found your glasses. Now look into all colours and finishes the style is available in. Tortoiseshell or black? Matte or polished? Gold or silver? These variants will strongly influence the final result, so don’t neglect them.
  9. Avoid in-your-face branding.After good research and working hard on individuality, you don’t want to easily give away the brand of your specs. Make people come to you asking who they are made by.
Final Tip:Your glasses should match YOU –not your attire, your car or the team you support. Think of them as an independent accessory.

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Article By Gabriel Weil