Because people generally recognize you by your face, the eyeglasses you choose to wear are a very real part of your identity.
Whether you want to appear sophisticated, fun-loving, youthful, conservative or style-conscious, the right eye wear can help you shape how you are perceived. And if you choose to wear only one pair of eyeglasses for everything you do, that says something about you, too!
Eyeglasses can help people see the real you, or they can help create the image you want. The key is to find the right eyeglass frames to match your personality and lifestyle.
Eyeglasses for Serious Business
To help instill trust and confidence among a wide variety of your business clients and colleagues, it’s usually best to stay with conservative frame shapes and colors. Consider these choices to enhance your professional image:
- Classic shapes such as ovals, rectangles and almonds.
- Traditional colors of gold, silver, brown, gray and black.
- In plastic frames, no bright colors or unusual shapes.
“Titanium and stainless steel are also good choices, as are rimless and three-piece mountings,” says Richard Morgenthal, owner of New York City eye wear boutique Morgenthal-Frederics.
Silver, gunmetal, brown and black are recommended for men because these are easy, conservative tones to wear and match with business suits. Brown, golden tones, silver, burgundy, black and espresso are good selections for women.
Classic tortoise patterns also work well with business attire.
Eyeglasses That Showcase Your Creativity and Fashion Savvy
One way to show your creative, fashionista side is with modern shapes, such as geometric designs in thicker and larger plastic frames. Many modern metal frames also can be creative in appearance.
Multi-colored laminates are another possibility, as are flower patterns and animal prints.
Morgenthal also recommends laser-cut details and finishes for this style of frame because these touches are unusual and very modern.
Another big fashion trend lately is retro or vintage styling. Look for exaggerated takes on frame styles from the ’70’s and ’80’s such as over sized cat-eye and aviator shapes, as well as mod looks from the ’60’s.
Just because you’re eligible for an AARP card doesn’t mean you have to wear stodgy, old-fashioned glasses. And men: get rid of those giant metal frames that dominate your face!
Certain colors also can make you look younger. Marc suggests gunmetal, deep browns and burgundy for men and lighter, shinier hues for women.
“Shine adds life to the face for women,” he says. He also suggests avoiding silver, black and dark, dull colors, just as hairstylists recommend lighter hair coloring for mature women.
Eyeglasses for Students
Whether you’re studying engineering or art, business or French literature, college is a time to develop your own identity and show off your style.
Unusual shapes, bright colors, larger sizes and interesting details such as color lamination, all are readily available in a variety of prices and brand names.
Maybe you’re interested in a geeky, retro look? A modern frame with lots of color? A sober, intellectual style?
Don’t be afraid to express yourself.
Eyewear for the Busy Mom or Dad
For the busy mom (or dad) on-the-go with little time to worry about the latest trends in eye wear, a basic yet stylish pair of glasses might work best.
Depending on your personal style, you could choose to amplify the fashion effect of a basic shape with details such as jewelry-like metal accents or recognizable designer logos.
Interesting colors such as plum, deep red, soft green and black can also add a fashion edge to a basic frame.
Glasses for the Weekend Warrior
Most adults live dual lives their “normal” 9-to-5 weekday life and their (usually) more active life on the weekends.
For the best comfort, performance and safety during “weekend warrior” hours, choose at least one pair of sport sunglasses, sport eyeglasses or even just a more casual, sports-suggestive eyeglass frame.
Styling can range from wraparounds to more conventionally shaped eyeglasses and sunglasses. Sporty looks can include bright or neon colors, stripes and modern combinations of metal and plastic materials