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Choosing Glasses with Class

Chana Afik

As your second set of eyes, glasses deserve your focal attention. Learn to find frames and lenses that flatter your face and fit your budget.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

baby wearing glassesHave you ever come across a neighbor or friend who wasn’t wearing her usual pair of glasses? The difference in her appearance may be startling — perhaps you didn’t even recognize her at first. Glasses play a pivotal role in your appearance, helping convey a specific image and that vital first impression.

“Glasses are an integral part of your face,” asserts Hillel Cohen, an optometrist for the Israeli optical chain Einit. “Besides being a vital tool for clear vision, glasses are your calling card to the world.”

Because glasses hold significant power for enhancing your appearance, it’s important to take the time to select the right pair. Glasses can highlight positive facial features while minimizing less desirable ones — and the wrong pair can accomplish the opposite.

A bold set of frames standing out on the bridge of your nose may complement you beautifully — or camouflage your expressions like a mask. A more demure frame may blend seamlessly with your face, adding appeal less conspicuously. Some frames, though, are so subtle that people must look carefully to just notice them. The style of your glasses too offers a glimpse into your personality. For instance, a trendy, fun pair can hint to an adventurous spirit, while a sturdy, traditional frame may reflect a no-nonsense attitude.

Finding the most complementary frame for your face may not be straightforward. “Most people don’t really know what suits them,” says Goldie, a veteran saleswoman at Einit and patient eyewitness to confused customers deliberating endlessly between frames. “This is where the salesperson comes in. A good, experienced salesperson knows how to fit a pair of glasses to the customer’s face.”


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