I’ve had reading glasses since kindergarden but I’ve always avoided being seen in them. No matter how adorable a pair of glasses appears on the rack at the optometrist I always wind up looking like I’m wearing a horrible pair of disguise glasses – not cute. So when I met the girls from BonLook I knew I had a chance to turn it all around. CEO and Co-founder Sophie Boulanger walks me through how to choose the right shape, color, and style for my next pair of frames.
SB: How do I know what shape frame will compliment my face shape?
S: We have a great section on the website that describes this in detail: http://www.bonlook.com/page/how-order. Quickly, here are a few things to remember:
- Round face: Avoid round frames; try to go for angular frames that will bring structure
- Oval face: Almost every frame should fit you!
- Square face: Look for oval and round frames that will soften your features
- Heart face: Avoid very large frames that will emphasize your cheek bones
SB: Should I consider my hair style and color when selecting frames? Do you have any suggestions of good combinations?
S: In general, it’s best to try to follow the rule dark hair/dark frames, light hair/light frames. It will give more coherence to your whole look. But don’t hesitate to dare a dark style even if you have blond hair. It can give a lot of personality to your look.
SB: What are some frames that you wish people would try more often (for men and women)?
S: A lot of men are more traditional in their choices and automatically go for rectangle frames. They should definitely try on more square eyeglasses because it can give a lot of edge to any outfit. As for women, they should really try to get their hands on some cateye frames. It’s the shape of the moment that instantly gives a feminine whimsical “je ne sais quoi”!
SB: Can I punch up my style with glasses?
S: Of course! Eyeglasses is the fashionable item that can best define an entire outfit. Your personality is expressed through your eyewear choice.
- Want a soft feminine look? Go for cateye
- Intellectual? Try round
- Edgy? Adopt square
- Classic? Can’t go wrong with rectangle
SB: Tortoise shell frames are a classic. What hair and eye color look best with them?
S: One of the main reason for the tortoise shell’s popularity is that it actually works with all skin tones and hair/eye color. I would say it’s an even easier color than black, which can look severe on some people. Tortoise shell gives a more sophisticated and soft look.
SB: I love color frames but I’m afraid they won’t match my clothes. What color frames should I buy?
S: Lately we have been seeing a lot of color blocking so don’t be afraid to wear this trend with your eyeglasses! Mix and match your outfits with your favorite colorful frames. As a rule of thumb, tortoise shell, brown, black and clear go with everything.
SB: What frames are best for the following clothing styles?
S: Preppy: square and bold
Feminine: narrow delicate styles, any shape
Minimalist: rectangle with simple lines
SB: Should I follow the same styling tips for eyeglasses and sunglasses?
S: As for shapes, definitely. But in terms of sizes, you can go for bigger frames that wouldn’t necessarily fit you as eyeglasses. The fact that the lenses are tinted “forgives” a lot so don’t hesitate to be funkier in your choice. Sunglasses have an important purpose but most of all they need to be fun!
I spotted this awesome tutorial by Keiko Lynn on makeup for girls who wear glasses!