Frame that face in style with the coolest in eyeglasses

Frame that face in style with the coolest in eyeglasses

EDMONTON, ALBERTA AUGUST 20, 2015: Youngsters model eye glasses at the Mayfield Eye Centre in Edmonton on Wednesday Aug. 20, 2105. (photo by John Lucas/Edmonton Journal)(standalone)

John Lucas / Edmonton Journal

It’s a fact of life. Some kids and teens need eyeglasses. In the past, those who did were often embarrassed, especially if their glasses-less classmates teased them.

But the days of coke-bottle glasses and taunts of “four-eyes” are long gone. Nowadays eyewear is cool, and choosing fashionable eyeglasses for back to school (or any time) can be fun.

Gladys Riczu, manager of Castledowns Vision Centre says, “Glasses have moved from being simply a tool to enhance vision to a fashion accessory where even those who don’t need them covet them.”

Trendy styles in eyeglasses differ for kids and teens and for boys and girls. Here what’s hot in cool glasses for all of them this fall.

FOR EVERYONE

Finding the right glasses at any age is easier now than ever. “There is a broader selection to choose from in terms of size, shape (and) style,” says Riczu.

One eyewear trend is increasingly fashionable for all ages. Angela Johnson, optician and manager at Mayfield Eye Centre, says that “kids and teens have embraced the ‘geek chic’ look” of bold black frames that originally started in the 1950s.

FOR KIDS

Johnson says that elementary schoolchildren, especially those who are getting glasses for the first time, prefer “something subtle and not too bold” such as thin metal frames. Some also want Disney-inspired glasses that feature familiar characters such as Cinderella for girls and Cars characters for boys. Girls typically choose smaller oval or round shapes and coloured frames such as pink, orange, teal and purple. Boys often pick square or rectangular shapes and dark colours such as navy or green.

FOR TEENS

In comparison to kids’ trends, Johnson says, “teenagers like a bigger, bolder look, mostly in plastic frames.” Logos and brand names are also in style with this age group. For girls, favourite brands include Tiffany, Gucci and Juicy Couture. Boys are into Hugo Boss, Diesel and Fossil.

Teenage girls also like colour layering, rhinestones and crystals, and the cat-eye shapes that are popular with adults. Riczu says they also “tend to gear more toward designs within the frame itself, whether it be in colour variation or etching in the material.” One fun example of colour variation is the Juicy Couture frames, where the front is black and the cream-coloured temples change colour in UV light.

For teenage boys, square and rectangular shapes and dark colours such as black, grey, blue, burgundy and deep green are popular. Many also want frame details such as laser-cut designs.

FIT FIRST

When choosing glasses, Johnson says that a proper fit is the most important thing to consider, “especially with younger kids who haven’t quite developed a bridge to their nose yet and are quite active.” If the child likes a specific style or colour, but it doesn’t fit well, it won’t look good. The optician can help ensure that the required fit meets the desired look.

“Glasses will be a staple accessory for an extended period, so the quality is important as well,” Riczu says, so “(choose) a fit that will be comfortable for six to twelve months, until their next appointment.”

SHOPPING

While shopping for eyewear, Johnson suggests that parents should “make the kids a part of the decision-making process, but don’t overwhelm them. Too many choices is not always a good thing.” Riczu agrees that kids’ voices should count because when children or teens like their glasses, “they are more likely to take care of them and wear them readily, avoiding future costs of repair and replacement.”

Riczu offers one final, yet crucial, shopping tip: “Make it fun! Glasses are not a hindrance; they are an enhancement and accessory.”

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