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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

It is time to broaden our horizons on Shortsightedness!

Quite some time ago, I was diagnosed with Myopia. 
Myopia, definition:
Myopiy /mī-ˈō-pē-ə/ (Greek: μυωπία, muōpia, from myein "to shut" – ops (gen. opos) "eye") commonly known as being shortsightedis a refractive error, which means that the eye does not bend or refract light properly to a single focus to see images clearly. In myopia, close objects look clear but distant objects appear blurred..

TREATMENT: wearing eyeglasses
(I could go for contact lenses, but way back then their price was astronomical, and I could not pressure my parents that much)
What was that like for me? It was:



"Men seldom make passes at the girls who wear glasses!"

  Once all the shockwaves passed, I realized that there's ever so much choices to be made:
  • What is your face shape?
  • Metal or plastic?
  • Sporty or elegant?
  • Modern or Vintage?

Hence: ..a guide to finding the right frames for your style and prescription!

♥♥ 1. Determining your face shape ♥♥

Back when I needed my first eye-glasses, we didn't have new technology for testing and trying out eye-wear online (I hereby, advice you to look out for some of those: they are not only very amusing and entertaining, but also give a massive help.. especially for your first time picking up a frame). 
Then, I had to go back to basic.. basic shapes, that is.
Stand in front of the mirror. Don't shy away, you are beautiful! 

  • Pull your hair back in a ponytail or wear a headband. You really need to see your entire face to properly evaluate its shape. You may also want to have a tape measure handy for precise measurements and a pen and paper to jot down your responses.
  • Now look closely at your face and ask yourself a few questions. Using your hairline and jaw line as a reference, what is the general shape of your face: wide, average or narrow?
  • Next, picture an imaginary line going across the widest point of your forehead. Imagine a line going across your jaw line. Is your forehead wider than your jaw or vice versa? Are they the same width? To get an accurate reading, use the tape measure. At this point, you will also want to note if your cheekbones are a prominent feature of your face. Are your cheekbones the widest part of your face?
  • You also need to measure the length of your face and compare it to the width. Using your tape measure, measure from the middle of your hairline to the point of your chin.
  • Look at your chin. What is the general shape: round, square or pointy?
Once you've done these preliminary steps, you're ready to evaluate your results. Here are the six face shapes and their unique characteristics:

♡ Oval – Your forehead is slightly wider than your chin. The length of your face is roughly one and a half times the width.
♡ Round – The length and width of your face are about the same. Your cheeks are prominent.
♡ Oblong – Similar to the oval shape, but longer and less wide. The chin is also on the pointy side.
♡ Square – Your forehead and jaw line are the same width. Your jaw is the most prominent feature of your face.
♡ Heart – Your forehead and cheekbones are wider than your jaw line. You also have a pointy chin.
♡ Diamond – The cheekbones are your most prominent feature with your forehead and jaw line on the narrow side.

♥♥ 2. Metal or plastic? ♥♥

Me, personally, I swore I'd never (ever, ever!) go for metal frames. They felt heavy, unnatural and huge. (I was wrong - a bit later I'll write about that)
If you are determined on buying plastic frames, take it slow and be patient while shopping: check for discoloration, which can be a sign that the frames have dried out over time and may crack when you try to place lenses in them. I've had those problems in the past, mostly with aviator plastic frames (yes, the ones in lovely neon colors); I wasn't giving much thought to durability, I was more interested in glasses being green (not that there is anything wrong with glasses being green, or red.. or purple!).
Also, a lot of stores sell "vintage reproduction", pretty as they may be, they fail to handle prescription lenses. If you don't really need some heavy duty lenses, by all means - go for plastic, cheap and fashionable.. and when they bore you to bits.. just "lose them somewhere". However, if you're in need of serious prescription lenses - tread carefully. Plastic can be a tricky thing.
You can always go for gold (typically gold plating rather than solid gold), wood, bone and buffalo horn.. back in time - elephant's bone.

♥♥ 3. Sporty or elegant? ♥♥

This may, at first, sound odd - it's about your lifestyle. This will also affect the price: whether you're looking for something robust for playing sports, stylish for a show-off, something classy and elegant for work, or simply a pair of reading glasses (that no one alive will manage to see). 
Here, you should consider how often you'll be wearing them. Do you need them only for reading? Or maybe all day, every day? Do you have 20/20 vision, but just wish to fake it a while? Bright-pink frames adorned with rhinestones are amazing (don't let anyone else tell you otherwise), but if you'll be wearing them every day (to the gym or a new job interview?!), you might just get sick of them.

♥♥ 4. Modern or Vintage? ♥♥

Finally, something I didn't have to decide - "I'm going for a trendy and modern design" I've said to my mother.

So, there was I, wanting: plastic, sporty and modern.. AND expensive. 
I've ignored the guidelines, shut off the advises and went along with my cunning plan

Resulting in:


It's me.. pixie hair and frames from Burberry (plastic, sporty, modern, expensive - all there!)
..yet, I've managed to look like the Poindexter!

OK.. something went wrong.. 
Hair aside (maybe one day I'll write on that subject); the glasses were not fitted to my face shape, the color was unsuitable, the grip behind my ears was killing me. They gave my face a drop-shade (you can see it, on the picture, giving me under-eye gray shade looking like dark circles). In most occasions I've stuck out - trendy as the are (they're Burberry, right?!) they were not completing my look - they opposed it.
Oh.. And, in the summer, the bridge was notorious for encouraging sweat.  
It was NOT what I've paid for! 

♥♥ ..let's start from the beginning! ♥♥

First, I realized:
It's not about what I wanted, it's all about what suits me, my lifestyle and my wardrobe (as much as I'd like to say I'm super-sporty trainer-wearing gal.. I'm not - I spend my days in the office).

Second, ignoring face shapes does result in.. picture above. Let me give you some ideas of what frames suit what face:
1. ROUND face
Rectangular frames will help to sharpen the soft curves of a rounded face. Frames with sharp angles will also help to lengthen the face and a clear bridge will widen the eyes. Try to pick frames that are more horizontal than vertical, and avoid anything too circular or oval.

2. SQUARE face
Round or oval eyeglass frames will soften and add contrast to strong facial features. A cat-eye will help to contour, and subtle rimless frames with really soft edges will add contrast to otherwise prominent features. If you choose a pair with a forgiving upper edge, it will help divert attention from a strong jaw line.

3. HEART and DIAMOND face 
This one is a bit tricky, but a little experimentation will help you find the perfect fit. Have fun with variety and try to find balance by avoiding frames that are too top heavy with decoration and width. You want a clean, simple temple along the sides as well. Something airy and rimless will lighten up wider portions, or butterfly and cat eye frames would work well, too.

The balanced proportions of an oval face make it a shape that works well with most frames. Oblong face, being similar in some features, can also manage most frames. A good rule of thumb is to find a pair that is as wide as the broadest part of your face, or try walnut-shaped frames that aren't too narrow. Just make sure to stay away from frames that are too large for your facial features, especially if yours are on the smaller side.

♥♥ ..but.. can I go vintage?! ♥♥ 

No one says you can't. There's no one stopping you from doing it. No one but yourself. My younger self would not give a second look to "granny" frames; as it was a general (mis)believe that vintage frames are for, well: old people. I also believed they only go in one form: boring.
No, they are not boring. And they go in lots of forms (I'm being honest here: there's more variety in vintage, than in modern frames)

Here's what you can find:

CAT EYE - vintage eyeglass frames that go into a point at the outer corner of each eye,
 just the shape of a cats eye. Marilyn Monroe? Yes, her.

HORN RIM - made from actual horns back in the 20s, but the 50s brought these eyeglass frames out in nylon or plastic. The area above the brow is thick and heavy. 

ART DECO - generally are strong and heavy with ornamentation or angular with a pop-art look. Many vintage Art Deco eyeglass frames have rhinestones.

BROWLINE -  constructed in such a way that the upper portion of the frame is thicker than the lower portion, simulating additional eyebrows. Think: Malcolm X.

ROUND -  known mostly as the eyeglasses of John Lennon (that is not a bad thing)

AVIATOR - or "pilot's glasses", were originally developed in 1936 by Ray-Ban 
for pilots to protect their eyes while flying

All shapes and sizes, all colors (and rhinestones!).. 

As the picture reads: "A collection of model spectacles designed as fashion accessories rather than as functional necessities" 

Frames and shapes went wild in 1949.

Here are some really useful timeless pieces (bottom left is perfect for every day wear)

..and here's what I've just got:


What do you think, better?

Of course I wish I had perfectly healthy vision, but as I don't any more, and as such I've embraced my glasses with a never-ending passion.

♥ Pinky Honey

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