Is bigger really better? (No!) -Part 1

Everyday I have people come and ask me to help them choose a frame that will fit them. (I mean really fit them)

NO SLIDING DOWN THE NOSE!

NO BENDING THE TEMPLES SO YOUR EARS HURT!

NO ANGLING THE TEMPLES THAT MAKES YOUR HEAD FEEL LIKE ITS IN A VICE!

I know most people want a frame to feel as good as it looks. Is that too much not ask? I don't think so... Thats why I'm prepared to give you some of my key tips on how to find the perfect sized frame.

Most frames produced for the U.K. market display the size. This is a measurement of the lens width, the nose bridge width and the length of the temples (Arms). Now you might be thinking "Perfect I can stop reading now and I'm guaranteed to have perfectly fitted glasses." - If you are thinking this sadly YOU'RE WRONG!

For example, (I find that clothing analogies work best for this) I'm a size 10 as a general rule, however I know that when I shop at H&M I need at least a size 14 to stand a chance of squeezing into it.

Is this because the lack of air conditioning in H&M causes me to swell like Violet Beauregarde? Potentially, or could it be down to the fact that H&M don't use a standardized sizing chart. Or if I'm having a day where I'm in need of a confidence boost do I go into ASDA and try on clothes; yes I do. Not because I think they have the nicest designs but because I know I can fit into a size 6 (COMFORTABLY)

You may have had the best fitting glasses you have ever owned and the next year you buy a pair with the same measurements written on the side but when you put them on they just don't feel right. Why is that? How can two frames with the same measurements fit differently?

The confusion lies in the fact that eyewear sizing is not as straight forward as it seems.

Lets start with the first number; EYE SIZE. Put simply this measurement is the width of the lens. Normally taken from the widest part. (Normally but not always hence some of the confusion) Its taken in millimeters and will normally range from roughly 40mm (Children's eyewear) - 70mm (Extra Large)

Eye size does not take into account the depth or shape of the lens which can have a dramatic effect on the fit of your glasses. If you have high cheekbones and your frame is too deep you'll find that every time you smile your glasses move. If they touch your cheeks you'll be prone to condensation and if your like me... getting foundation on your lenses!!! (NIGHTMARE TO CLEAN OFF!)

On the other hand if your lens depth is too narrow and you wear a wider eye size it can often make your features appear larger and the glasses wont look proportional to your face.

TOP TIP 1

MAKE SURE YOUR FRAME IS PROPORTIONAL TO YOUR FACE

This isn't really an industry secret; more common sense. If you have a small face and your lenses are too wide and too deep it will make your features appear smaller rather than making you look, you guessed it... PROPORTIONAL! (It will also make your lenses thicker and heavier)

Remember width and depth are both just as important. From a width perspective you want your eyes to be central to the lens. In terms of depth you want your lenses to sit below the eyebrow but not so far below that you can look over the top. The bottom of the lens is where you have the most choice.

My personal opinion is that bigger is not better. I appreciate that things being over-sized is "fashion" but it isn't flattering. It makes people look almost droopy as well as highlighting dark circles; so if you are going for that over-sized look a good concealer is a must.

I think you should always follow the features of your face. Match the bottom depth of the frame to the edge of your under eye circles, it helps to disguise if your in need of a good nap and allows your glasses to frame your eyes.

Now you've finished reading my first TOP TIP I bet you can't wait to read more... Well I'm going to keep you waiting and I can assure you that more tips will follow. If you've like me and you can't wait then feel free to pop in store and I'll give you the inside scoop...

Until next time

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