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Making the Most Out of Your Stylish Reading Glasses

Updated on November 14, 2012

Your stylish reading glasses are not limited to helping you read and see things clearly. The right pair of reading glasses may also double as accessories you can use to accentuate your facial features and compliment your body shape. The right pair of stylish eye wear can also help you achieve a more interesting and sophisticated look.

Believe it or not, some reading glasses, when worn on the right face shape, can accentuate your cheeks, eyes, and lips while certain frame colors and designs can make you look thinner and/or give the illusion that your jawline and neck are thinner than they really are.

If you want to make your reading glasses do more for your features, it is important to choose the right pair that will compliment your skin tone and face shape. As you probably know, there are 5 know face shapes and 6 types of skin tones acknowledged by make-up artists and fashion stylists. It would be a good idea to find out what your face shape and correct skin tone is, before buying your next pair of stylish reading glasses.

As the Fitzpatrick Scale suggests, there are 6 known skin tones, today: type I, which consists of very light or very pale skin, type II, for light skin, type III for intermediate or mildly light skin, type IV for "olive skin", type V for dark skin, and type VI for very dark skin tones.

For fashion stylists, however, there are only two categories of skin tones: warm and cool complexions. A warm complexion is basically any skin tone with brown and yellow or golden undertones while a cool complexion is one with blue or pinkish undertones. In this sense, types I to III of the Fitzpatrick Scale falls are cool complexions while types IV to VI in the scale are considered warm complexions.

Now that you know what colors look best with your skin tone, it will be easier for you to choose a design or frame color for your reading glasses. You can also use this guide when choosing clothes to match your figure and skin tone.

Disclaimer! This serves as opinionated fashion advice and not something which you consider living your life and fashion sense by. If you like experimenting and playing with different shades and colors, by all means, go for it! However, if you need to make a quick fashion decision, feel free to refer to this guide anytime.


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