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Women with Glasses

Updated on June 21, 2010

If your latest eye test revealed that you will need glasses, don’t despair and consider burning your drivers license or sticking to contact lenses for life. Glasses can look really sexy and stylish on women and lots of men love it.

Don’t think for one moment that glasses will make you less attractive to men. If there’s any doubt, check out Portia de Rossi in Ally McBeal or Liv Tyler in The Incredible Hulk, both pulling off the look in their own stunning way (see the photos further down).

Having worked in the frames and lens business, I picked up a few tips that I'll share with you right now.

Frames and Lenses – (the dry part)

You will choose both a pair of lenses and the frame to fit them in. You can only choose your lenses after you’ve got the results of the eye test along with the thickness and type of vision correction that you’ll need. Then you can choose the quality of the lenses with all kinds of fancy stuff like scratch proof and non reflective coating but that costs more as you might have guessed.

Now you choose your frame and this is usually a compromise between style and practicality. But be aware that not all frames can fit all lenses. Frames are classified into three groups by the material they’re made of:

  1. Plastic:These are durable, light and the least expensive.
  2. Steel: The heaviest and most durable and a little more expensive.
  3. Titanium: These are super light and usually very thin and the most expensive.

On top of this, you can get frames that have no rim around the lenses or frames that have just half a rim around the lenses. These are the least durable and usually give you the least choice of lenses to fit them. Now days there are tons more variants of all those above but you got the basics and its time to move on to the fun part.

from Ally McBeal season 3
from Ally McBeal season 3
from The Incredible Hulk
from The Incredible Hulk

Choosing the frame that suits you (the important part)

This will make or break your look so take your time to pick the frame that suits your face and color and let it match your overall style. Many women (and men) actually look better with glasses because the right frame will enhance or smooth out their facial features. Frame hunting can be lots of fun too – like a cross between accessory shopping and trying on jewelry.

You should think about how you want to wear your glasses to suit your style and personality. Do you want them to decorate your face subtly or do you want to draw attention to the glasses themselves? The two photos above are good examples of the two styles, though you can take it a lot further than Liv Tyler on that end of the spectrum.

Rules of thumb:

  • If you have finer, more delicate facial features then go with a subtler and thinner frame.
  • Harsher features can be rounded off beautifully with bigger and thicker frames.
  • Very small frames can narrow your vision which makes things like driving harder. Bare in mind that you don't tend to notice that problem while trying them on.
  • A round face is often best complimented with more rectangular or square frames and, likewise, an angular face will look better with rounded frames: The "opposites" rule.
  • If you’re going to wear them a lot, then comfort becomes an essential consideration. Why not get two pairs of glasses? One for looks and one for looking.
  • A small and subtle bridge (the part that rests on your nose) can make your eyes look further apart and a larger, more prominent bridge will make your eyes look closer together. The "opposites" rule again.

Bifocal vs Progressive lenses

Bifocal lenses are an absolute no no if you care about trendiness and coolness but do not fret, because now days you can get progressive lenses that rock any style. Progressive lenses are essentially bifocals but, instead of that hideous line that separates the two areas on the lens, they have a gradual change from one part of the lens to the other. Check out the photo below. You can see how the correction of the lens is different in the corner (like with bifocals) but you can’t see a separate corner on the lens itself. So you can get bifocals without them actually looking like bifocals. Problem solved.

From PAUL's photo stream on
From PAUL's photo stream on

So go and get with the trend, have fun and wear your specs with pride. Check out this site with lots more information on eyeglasses.


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