There was a time when wearing eyeglasses was considered “not cool.” Now, though, there are plenty of attractive frames available for men, women and children that complement natural style and can be attractive accessories. If you find yourself in need of a new pair of frames, consider these variables as you shop in order to choose the right style for your face.
Balance Face Shape
The basic shape of your face is probably the most important factor when choosing frames. Everyone has a unique facial structure, but there are a few basic shapes you can use as guidelines when choosing a design that fits your face.
• Angular faces such as diamonds and squares benefit from rounded frames that help to soften the sharp lines.
• Round and oval faces look good with sharp, angular frame shapes but are also flattered by shapes that match the contours of the face.
• Long, narrow faces do best with glasses that have broad tops and heavy upper frames or decorative accents. These features help the face appear shorter.
• Triangular faces may be narrow at the top or at the bottom. Look for frames that are wider and heavier at whichever side your face is thinnest.
Complement Eyebrow Shape
As you’re looking at your face shape, take note of the contour of your eyebrows. Eyebrows are a prominent, expressive feature that can be accentuated to good effect with an attractive pair of eyeglasses. Following the shape of your eyebrows helps add definition to your eye area. Rectangular frames look good with straight or flat eyebrows while frames with rounded tops flatter a curved brow shape.
Look at the color of your eyes and hair as well as your skin tone to determine if your basic colors are more “warm” or “cool.” Choose frames that complement these tones for a balanced, attractive look. As you think about colors, consider your personality as well. Eyeglasses are an accessory to every outfit that you wear, so you want to be sure to choose something that reflects your inherent style. If you wear makeup, use your favorite palette to help you choose a similar frame color that highlights the best features of your face.
Keep Your Eyes Centered
Centering your eyes inside your chosen frames is both fashionable and practical. When the frames sit too high or too low, it becomes difficult to see out of your lenses properly. This undermines the whole point of wearing glasses by forcing you to peer under or over the frames instead of through them. Frames that are too high also interfere with the appearance of your eyebrows, resulting in an unbalanced look that doesn’t flatter any face shape.
As you look to balance all of these factors, keep your budget in mind. Cheap eyeglasses are available everywhere from your optometrist’s office to the optical department of your favorite store and online at Coastal Contacts. Shop around for the frames that suit you best so you can step out in style with a new pair of glasses.
Last time I focused on clutches with stylish stuffings and this time it’s all about the wallet. I love getting wallets as a gift especially when there’s a gift card in it like a Starbucks or itunes card! Get even more creative by placing the wallet inside a stylish mug and tie a pretty ribbon on it, attach a designer key chain or create a themed box set complete with a tee or headphones. Check out five adorable wallets under $15 that are perfect to give to the fashionista on your list.
So happy that Croc’s asked me to check out their new styles! I’ve been a huge fan for the longest time and my kids practically live in them, and I have to tell you the new selections are so adorable it’s gonna be really tough picking a favorite. There’s a ton of affordable options for everyone in the family. I’ll definitely be snagging a few pairs for family and friends who love to be stylish and comfy! Check out some of my favorite and what to wear them with below!
Pair the Aolani boots with leggings, skinny jeans or even a pair of shorts with tights. They’re super styilsh, super comfy and will be your go to boots!
These loafers are so cute and not too girly which I love!! I paired them with a basic trench and plaid top but they can be worn with everything all year round.
My boys live in crocs and these Cobbler boots will definitely be under the tree this year!!
My youngest has the Hover boat shoes and he calls them his ‘dressy’ shoes – so cute!
Nubuck Chukka Boots – Great boots for winter casual looks.
Crocs Hover Leather Boat Shoe- The all year round comfy shoe!
Holiday shopping is never easy and it’s even more challenging when you’re on a budget. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve wandered aimlessly through the malls with no clue what to buy and so frustrated that I pick something out of my budget just so I don’t walk out empty handed. But I’ve learned from my mistakes and so can you! Try some of my personal tips below for staying within a holiday budget and getting the most out of your dollar this season. Best of all, American Express is offering one lucky fashiongrail fan a $250 gift card by simply sharing your personal budget shopping tip!
Make a detailed list and start with the most difficult person to shop for first. I know they say, “get the easy ones out of the way first,” but who wants to run around on Christmas Eve looking for that one item you can’t find? Not me!
Check online sales before hitting the stores. Tons of stores have online specials where you can pick up items in store and most places are posting deals as early as the day before Thanksgiving.
If you’re waiting for Black Friday then plan on getting there early! Lots of stores are on a first come first served basis and utilize tickets.
Don’t be afraid to wait for Cyber Monday. Free shipping is what it’s all about!
Bring your phone and sign up for your favorite store’s feed to get instant deals and coupons (some stores let you utilize a barcode right from your phone).
If you plan on using credit cards, choose wisely. Companies like American Express are doing a great job educating consumers about the benefits of smart shopping this holiday season to include leveraging card protection and the benefits of Membership Rewards (gotta love them points!).
Crunched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday. Besides the convenience and traditionally great service that small, local businesses offer, American Express is offering its cardholders a one-time credit of $25 if they register an eligible card and make a purchase of at least $25 at a small business.
Suggest a gift swapping/ Secret Santa scenario instead of buying a gift for every single person you know. Try a holiday fun brunch with wine and appetizers during gift swap. Get creative and turn it into a yearly tradition.
How to Win the $250 Amex Gift Card:
Leave a comment below offering your personal budget shopping tip. For an extra entry tweet the contest and tell us below that you did. For a third entry, post on Fashiongrail’s Facebook wall your time saving tip and again let us know you did in the comments below. For an extra entry you tweet the giveaway or ‘like’ American Express and Fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure you state that you did below). One random winner will be chosen on Novemebr 28th. American Express will ship gift card directly to winner. U.S. residents only.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by American Express via OPR. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of American Express.”