The Eyeglasses Guide, Part II: The Right Pair for Your Face & How to Buy

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette! Today's video is our second part of our serieson eyeglasses in which we'll discuss how to determine your face shape and skin tone, howto find the right glasses based on these factors, and some considerations for buying.

One reminder before we jump in today, youcan find the first part of our guide on eyeglasses here in which we discussed a brief historyof how glasses came to be and some different types of eyeglasses that are considered classicsin menswear.

So today let's talk about how to find theright glasses for you.

As we touched on briefly in the last video, there are some different considerations to take into account when choosing eye glassesover sunglasses which we've talked about previously.

Unlike sunglasses which are typically onlyworn for short stretches of time, eye glasses can be worn all day every day.

As you might imagine given this, finding theright pair of eyeglasses that suits your face shape, your skin tone, and your own personalsense of style can take a little bit of trial and error but it is possible.

Luckily, most of the same processes that gointo choosing a pair of sunglasses also apply to eyeglasses.

If you haven't done so already, you can checkout our previous guides on sunglasses here.

In general, make sure to adjust your expectationsto the fact that you'll be wearing eyeglasses for longer stretches of time.

For example, aviator styles might look goodas sunglasses but they might not work as all day eyeglasses.

So how do we determine what style of eyeglassesis right for you? Well, the first thing we should do is determineyour face shape.

The shape of your frames must play well withthe shape of your face and as you might imagine, a pair of frames that looks good on one manmight look completely out of place on another.

There are six basic face shapes that everyman fits into, you're either square, round, oblong, diamond, heart-shaped, or oval.

To find out what shape you are, you will needmore than just a mirror.

Ideally, you'll also have handy a pencil andpaper and someone to help you.

To begin the measuring process, we'll startat the forehead measuring across from the widestpoint.

Remember, don't wrap the tape measure aroundthe curvature of your head.

We're going to be measuring its dimensionsas if it were a flat two-dimensional object since that's essentially how it's going tobe seen when people are looking at you.

The tape measure should only be touching onepoint on your head like a line tangent to a circle.

Write down the number you measured for yourforehead, it goes without saying that we'll be writing down all of these numbers so youcan compare them at the end of the measuring process to determine your face shape.

Next, move downward to measure your cheekbonesand then move downwards still to measure your jaw line at its widest point.

Finally, measure the length of your face bytaking the tape measure and placing it vertically, first at the top of your forehead by yourhairline and then down to the bottom of your chin.

To determine which face shape you have, lookat the numbers you've got and compare them to the advice we're about to give for howto spot different face shapes.

First, we'll talk about oblong faces whichin general are longer than they are wide.

For the most part, the measurements of yourjawline, cheeks, and forehead will all be fairly similar for an oblong face shape.

Smaller frames probably aren't going to doyou justice instead you should be going for a larger frame with some thickness to it.

Sharp angles and concise lines are going toadd some definition to your soft facial features and give you a more masculine look.

So in general, rectangular frames could bea particularly good choice for an oblong face.

Next, we'll talk about heart-shaped faces.

These are basically inverted triangles meaningthat you have a smaller more pointed chin in comparison to your cheek and forehead measurementswhich are wider and roughly about the same.

The best frames for you are going to be onesthat even out your faces proportions so opt for rimless or semi-rimless frames that arethinner in nature.

If you do want a little bit more thicknessin your frame, focus on finding a frame that points the attention downward toward the narrowerpart of your face at the chin.

Next, we'll talk about square face.

As you might well imagine, these are prettymuch as long as they are wide and the edges of your face are probably going to be mostlystraight up and down or straight across.

In particular, at the jawline, you're probablygoing to notice concise sharp corners rather than a more rounded gradual edge.

Since you have a distinctive and chiseledface with bold features, you're going to want round frames that softened the appearanceoverall.

You should opt for a circular or generallyrounded shape possibly with some frames that have some variation in thickness at differentpoints around the rim.

Next are oval faces which you can also thinkof as being roughly similar to the shape of an egg.

Oval faces are typically longer than theyare wide with a wider forehead a shorter jawline and a chin that's typically more rounded.

In general, be happy! Having an oval face means that you can wearalmost any style of frame with ease.

If you are finding a frame that you don'tthink looks particularly good, it is possible that you have a different face shape thanan oval and you might want to measure again.

Next up are rounded faces which are also aboutas wide as they are long.

The difference between a rounded face anda square face is that a rounded face typically has a narrower forehead and a narrower softerjawline.

To provide contrasting balance here, opt forsomething that's more geometrically shaped.

In particular, a rectangular frame will lengthenyour face a little bit and make it appear more like an oval shape.

Finally, we'll talk about diamond shaped faces.

If your face is widest at the cheekbones witha narrow forehead and a narrow jawline there's a good chance that you have a diamond faceshape.

With this shape, you want to focus on framesthat complement your cheekbones but also provide some balance overall.

Look for circular or rounded frames to offsetthe angles of your face and make sure that they're on the narrower side so they don'telongate your face further at the cheekbones.

Now that you know what frames will complementyour face shape, let's talk about finding your skin tone to give you some ideas aboutcolor.

The easiest way to determine your skin toneis to look at the underside of your arm in natural daylight, don't use artificial lightbecause it might give you a false reading.

You're looking for two important factors here.

First is the overall lightness or darknessof your skin and second and perhaps more important is the undertone.

There are three skin undertones; the firstof these is warm which typically has a green, yellow, or peachy golden undertone to it, conversely, a cool undertone appears slightly bluish and the neutral undertone is what youhave if you can't really see a particular color or if you can't determine whether you'reone or the other.

If you have light skin with cool undertones, that's another way of saying that your skin will be light pink with a bluish undertonefrom your veins.

In this case, you should probably considerlighter colored frames perhaps in shades of blue.

Darker frames will make a bolder statementbut they might have the potential to be more overpowering on your face.

If you have light skin with warm undertones, your skin will be golden or peachy and your veins will give a greenish undertone.

In this case, you'll still want to considerlighter frames but they should be in tortoiseshell, brown, amber, or green, for example, we canuse me.

I have light skin with warm undertones andmy glasses are amber with slight suggestions of tortoiseshell patterning here and there.

Again, dark frames are going to make a boldstatement in this case, so you can wear them but exercise caution if you do.

If you have medium colored skin with coolundertones, your skin will generally be pink and the undertones will be blue from yourveins.

In this case, frames in medium to darker shadesof red, green, blue, or brown, will probably look good onyou.

If you have darker skin with cool undertones, dark frames are going to work well for you, black, dark Browns, gunmetal, or deep blues, would be good options.

For a more fashion-forward approach, you canexperiment with lighter frames which are going to give you a more high contrast look.

Finally, if you have darker skin with warmundertones, metal frames, dark Browns, cognacs, and amber shades, are the ones that are goingto work best for you.

Okay so we've established the shapes and colorsthat will look best for you but the question still remains, what's the best way to buya pair of glasses? These days there's an active conversationgoing on about whether or not it's best to buy prescription eyeglasses from an onlineretailer.

With the rise of game-changing brands likeWarby Parker that are selling hip modern frames with a user-friendly interface, the industryoverall has evolved.

So here are a few pros and cons on whetheror not you should buy in-store or online.

The biggest advantage to buying a pair ofglasses in store is that the professional staff there has been well trained.

They'll be able to assist you in all of thedifferent elements of finding the right pair including frames, lenses, coatings, and soon.

If you've bought a pair of glasses in-store, repairing or refitting broken or damaged glasses is easier too.

You can just take them back to the same placeyou bought them and you can sometimes even accomplish this same day which is pretty convenient.

There are a few cons to buying glasses in-storetoo, however.

The first of these is that the overall selectionmight be a little bit more limited.

You don't have a whole internet warehousein front of you.

Optical stores are still businesses afterall and therefore, they still have the same profit motives as any other business.

They might try to sell you an overly expensivepair of glasses.

On a similar note, the pricing can lack transparency.

You might have to make a lot of decisionsand choices before being told a price which can make comparison shopping longer and moretedious.

Conversely, one of the biggest pluses to onlineshopping is that prices are more readily transparent.

Also, competition between these online retailershas resulted in prices being a lot more economical for the consumer.

Generally, it's much easier to comparisonshop between online retailers as you just have to click through a couple of web pagesrather than going store to store.

One of the biggest drawbacks to shopping onlineis that you won't have any direct interaction with an opticianor trained eyeglass fitter.

So if your glasses happen to get broken orimaged it may take longer to send them back and get them refitted.

In conclusion, once you find a pair of glassesthat are right for both your face shape and your skin tone, they're going to suit yourown individual personality and they will be a great fashion statement.

As we said in the last video, glasses aresomething to experiment with and we hope you'll have fun with them.

So now that you have all of our informationon glasses what type do you plan to buy or if you wear glasses already what kind arethey? Share with us in the comments below.

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