I wear glasses and I love it. In fact, even before I needed glasses, I wanted them. Yep, I was that kid who desperately wanted to be called Four Eyes. In fact, I tried to fake out the optometrist during my eye exams just so I could get some specs. Of course, he always saw right through me (see what I did there?).
I think glasses look cool. They add so much character to the face, and if chosen correctly, make a real fashion statement too. Plus, if you’re really tired, you can just hide behind them.
Now that I actually need glasses for reals, I try to go for frames that will measure up to my overall life philosophy of Never Be Boring. I think of them as an extension of my personal style, which is classic with a bit of funk. Fun, right? The challenge though is that I have quite a small face and narrow temple area, which makes choosing glasses difficult. All the good ones are for big heads.
It’s only recently that I’ve been able to find great glasses that are just right for me. It seems the designers are realizing that faces come in all shapes and sizes.
One of the things I look for when shopping for frames is an optometrist with great fashion sense. Finally I’ve found her. At the brand new Shoppes of Angus Glen Optometry in Markham, Ontario.
They had the most stunning selection of high fashion frames. And even better, many of them were for temples sized 49-52 (read: tiny). The stylists were so helpful, and I was able to settle on four (or forty) pairs that I loved. Which ones do you think I picked in the end?
I asked the team if they had any tips for picking the right glasses. They gave me four rules of thumb everyone should follow.
1. Face shape: choosing a frame that contrasts the natural shape of your face is very complimentary. For example, square shaped faces are best be suited with oval or round rectangles, and rounder faces look great with rectangular frames.
2. Eye placement: Your eyes should be well centred in the frame. A frame too wide may make the eyes seem to close together.
I was very surprised at this one. Once the optometrist pointed it out to me, I had a real aha moment.
3. Don’t be afraid to have fun: glasses are a daily accessory, so choose a couple of pairs with different looks. That way you can change them up depending on your mood or outfit. Sure, glasses are an investment but since they’re front and centre on your face they should reflect your personality, Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Think colour, a bolder frame, or something funky.
4. Open your wallet. Just like anything else, you get what you pay for! Spend just a little more and know you’re getting good quality glasses and lenses that will last. Trust me on this: they’ll end up costing less in the long run.
I was not surprised at this one. I’m very hard on my glasses and good quality makes all the difference. I mean, who wants giant scratches and bent frames?
If you’re in the market for glasses, and you live in the GTA, I recommend The Shoppes at Angus Glen Optometry. This husband and wife team and their staff really know their stuff. I love that they’re young and hip, and give great style advice. I’m so in love with my new PURPLE Miu Miu glasses. Do you like them?
And if you mention my name, they said they’ll give you a 20% discount (valid until July 15th). Can’t beat that, right? Find out more on their Facebook page.
Check out their great Father’s Day contest! That special Dad in your life could win a round of golf at Angus Glen and a pair of Oakley shades. Value of the prize is $600. Click here for more info. Contest ends June 27th, 2015.
I was not financially compensated for writing this post however I was provided a pair of fabulous glasses in exchange for visiting the store and experiencing the great service.