Are your glasses aging you? Choosing the right frames can take years off your face…
Whether you’re shopping for reading glasses or need a pair of shades to fend off wrinkles and sunspots, invest in one of these 13 frames that will make you look more youthful and stylish in a heartbeat.
Showcase Your Baby Blues
To make blue eyes pop, shop for bold, blue frames, says Ashley Turen, founder of A. Turen Boutique in New York City. “They will mimic the effect of makeup to emphasize the eyes, so there is no need for shadow.”
Balance Long Face Shapes
Try a slightly larger frame that has more of a structured square shape, a style that Turen recommends for long faces. “The bigger proportion will help add width and balance your face,” she says.
Soften Square Faces
Look for frames with rounded edges to soften a square-shaped face. “Think Demi Moore in her super sexy, ‘nerd’ glasses,” says Turen. Black frames also help dark hair and eyes pop.
Play It Cool
If you’re hunting for a frame that goes unnoticed instead of standing out, opt for something thin and understated. Choose soft, round wires. This subtle pair will stay out of the spotlight, focusing the attention on your gorgeous hazel eyes.
For defined cheekbones, shop for glasses that are smaller in length and have upturned corners, says Turen. “The cat eye shape gives the illusion of an instant facelift and will highlight your bone structure.”
Go for the Gold
Aviator frames are a timeless classic found in every fashionista’s bag of tricks. Turn up the volume with a pair in gold, with cognac lenses. Universally flattering on most face shapes, aviators, will never go out of style.
Bling It On
Cat eyes have been big for the past few seasons, and topping off your ensemble with a pair is an easy way to look young and chic. “Add a little gold embellishment and — voila — instant, old-school Hollywood,” says celebrity stylist Eric Himel. Cateye frames soften your face, while the turned-up corners help you look more feminine.
Ride the Trend
Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses universally flatter all face shapes while giving you a young, hip appearance, says Himel. “Stick with the black or tortoise colors for a classic look. Both work equally well with a t-shirt or a little black dress.”
Complement Your Color
Protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays with Retro Super Future People Glasses in Light Havana. “The color on these glasses works beautifully with honey-colored and blonde hair,” says Turen.
An oversized frame poses a challenge for most face shapes, but some can flawlessly pull it off, says Himel. And if you can, you’ll reap compliments for seasons to come.
If you have a narrow face and love the look of rounded frames, consider a funky pair like this one. “This is what I call ‘glass frame confusion,’ ” says Himel. “They are both rounded and squared at the same time.”
“Round frames are very au courant this season, but they are not for every face,” says Himel. “Pass on this shape if you have a round face.”
Glam It Up
Combining materials such as tortoise and brushed gold makes for a total luxe feel.