How to Choose Glasses That Make You Look Younger

As Indiana Jones would say, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage!”. Glasses might be a sign of weak or aging eyes, but they don’t have to mean that people start asking you if you’re eligible for the senior discount. Glasses can be fun and fashionable at any age and the style that works for you all depends on what your personal aesthetic might be. However, if you’re going for a more youthful look, there are a few things you can do. Discover more about how to choose glasses that make you look younger.

While glasses, in general, can look good on people of every age, different styles do have different effects on your face. One color or shape might look fantastic on your best friend but absolutely terrible on you. It’s all relative to your particular face. So if the particular effect you’re going for is “younger”, these are some things to keep in mind!

Know Your Face Shape

One major point of choosing the glasses that will look best on you is based on knowing your face shape. There are several different face shapes and each one will have a different frame that looks best. Any pair of glasses suited to your face shape is going to help downplay any aspects of your facial construction that might be emphasized by aging. Check out the best frame type for your face shape below!

Nike 7125 320 Eyeglasses Matte Sequoia Frame 5
Nike 7125 320 Eyeglasses Matte Sequoia Frame 5

Oval Face Shape- An oval face shape is typically considered to be the ideal face shape because it is balanced proportionally. You’ll want to consider frames that are as wide as the broadest part of the face or wider. Walnut shaped frames tend to be a good option for this face shape as long as they aren’t too deep or narrow. You want to maintain those good proportions when it comes to your glasses as well! Nike’s 7034 glasses are perfect for this.

Heart-Shaped Face- A heart-shaped face means that the top third of your face is wide and the bottom third of your face is rather narrow. To accommodate a heart-shaped face proportion you’ll likely want to choose a light looking pair of glasses that won’t overbalance your face. Typically thin, light-colored frames or rimless frames are a good option for this. Our Affordable Designs Janelle Model is a great option for heart-shaped faces.

Oblong Face Shape- An oblong face is long with a straight cheek line. Deeper frames tend to help balance a longer face and drawing attention to the eyes with brighter colors or contrast help balance the face as well. Nike has tons of great options for oblong faces, including their Nike 5002 glasses.

Square Face Shape- Square face shapes are classified by a strong jaw and forehead. Narrow frames tend to flatter this face shape best.

Diamond Face Shape- Diamond face shapes are narrow at the forehead and jawline and have broad, dramatic cheekbones. Cat-eye frames are a great option for this face shape since they highlight your eyes and soften your cheekbones. The Kate Spade Jailyn glasses are perfect for this.

Round Face Shape- A round face is curved and has the same proportions. Typically round faces can handle angular frames since they tend to lengthen the face. Geek 106 Eyeglasses are a good option for round faces.

Base-Down Triangle Face Shape- This face shape means a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin. To add width to the upper third of the face, you can play with color and dramatic glasses styles. The Geek New Yorker glasses are a fun option for people looking to play with color.

Go Tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell glasses are timeless and classic, and look good on people of all ages. The coloring of tortoiseshell glasses adds warmth to your complexion and accentuates your natural tones. It makes you look friendlier and draws the eye to your natural glow. Our Eight to Eighty Downtown Eyeglasses are the perfect option for a timeless color and a timeless design if you decide to go with the tortoiseshell option.

Go Trendy

Don’t be afraid to play with the latest trends in eyeglasses! Just because you aren’t in college anymore doesn’t mean you can’t play with the latest fashion trends, and nothing says “advancing in age” like a pair of old-fashioned glasses.

Lately, people tend to be going for bold colors and looks with dramatic shapes. But just as often, people are opting for a muted, earth-tone that compliments their natural face. Right now we’re living in an age where fashion-wise, anything goes!

Go for the Eyeglasses Face Lift

This isn’t a perfect science, but in general, choosing styles that focus people’s attention on the upper part of the face helps give the illusion of upward movement. Upswept frames like a cat’s eye frame visually lift the face and make you look younger. On the other side of the spectrum, you’ll want to avoid aviator frames that have heavy bottoms or a downward sweep. You can even create a visual focal point with a pop of color on the upper frame. Plus, when the sidebars are attached at or towards the top of the frames, it helps accentuate your cheekbones and open up your face a little bit more.

To be perfectly honest, age is nothing but a number and the best way for you to continue looking youthful is to continue applying your own sense of personal style in your day to day life. Feeling confident and smiling when you see yourself wearing glasses is the best possible way to keep yourself looking and feeling young. Don’t let arbitrary rules about which glasses will look best on you keep you from getting the glasses that will make you feel your best.

If you’re wondering about how any of the styles mentioned above will look on you, feel free to reach out to our team with questions here! And if none of those particular styles are your cup of tea, you can find plenty of other options on our site. No matter what your personal eyeglasses preferences might be, we have the perfect look for you.

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