Eyeglasses frame style

cocoonerFebruary 17, 2011

I am in my late 50s and need to get new glasses. I would like something classic that won't look dated in a few years since I tend to keep my glasses for a while. Right now I have the typical gold oval wire rims. I am thinking about those in a pinkish tint. I'm also considering frames with a rectangular shape. I have a roundish face with fair skin and hair and use progressive lenses. Thoughts?

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The best and, really, only way to choose frames is to try all of them on. You might like a certain shape on a friend but it doesn't look good on you. You need to take time at the eyeglass store and try on different styles.

As for the rose-tint, that is really dating yourself. If you want tinted glasses I would go for the Transitions lenses, they make the glasses into sunglasses when you are in the sun. I would stay away from tinted glasses otherwise.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2011 at 10:31PM
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Thanks for your response. I would not get pink tinted lenses; rather I'm talking about the metal frame color having a bluish pink tint to it since I have light cool colored skin.

I found some great videos on you tube about choosing eyeglasses. The site is monkeysee dot com. The woman has a model in which she puts on various styles, colors, etc and shows what works and why. Other sites have words or someone explaining ideas but no models.

The prevailing wisdom on most sites states that if you have a round face, you should have angular frames and vice versa. She shows through accessories and glasses why that is not so. I found her videos helpful and perhaps others would too.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2011 at 7:59AM
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Ooh, good, I am SO glad you weren't considering pink for your lenses, I haven't seen those since the 70's, and even then they weren't appealing!

I wear glasses too, and the unfortunate thing about frames is that you do have to try them on before choosing. Even one millimeter higher or lower on one side or in the middle will make or break the deal.

Go in armed with your knowledge and your "want" list and let the salesperson show you those. Hopefully you will score with exactly what you want. I went in last year (my insurance covers up to $300/year for glasses) and I am very hard on my glasses, so I do need to replace them yearly. I headed for the usual wire rim section, my husband headed to the designer section and I got a pair with purple metalic rims and blue metallic arms. Never would have picked them out myself, but they are a good match for me and fun!

Every glasses store you see just go in and try on pairs, it is free and you will have a larger search pool.

BTW, like the pink frame idea!!!

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: my glasses, but I chose the purple metallic

    Bookmark   February 19, 2011 at 5:26PM
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Oh, I've been trying on frames. I think that I'll probably get the pink ones. I like the purple ones that you picked.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2011 at 8:45AM
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