A snazzy pair of frames are a part of my personal brand and my absolute favorite functional accessory.
The bigger the better and I ain’t afraid of a little flare either.
Once I had a pair of chunky black frames made by Dolce and Gabbana. The D & G was bedazzled in big sparkly rhinestones.
Looking back, that may have been a little too much flare.
You know what they say about hindsight, don’t you?
For the last several years I have purchased my glasses online because I wasn’t thrilled with the options at Costco.
Yes, I would get my eyes checked in the same place one can purchase a flat screen tv and 2 lbs. of crab legs.
What was missing in that equation was a relationship with an eye doctor and coincidentally, I had noticed some changes in my eyesight.
It was as if Covid came and my eyesight kind of left the building.
Once again the universe heard my desires and directed me to Dr. Kerry John of West End Vision.
Last March our families shared the back couple of rows of a Southwest flight and the rest is history.
She knows her way around the eyeball and her full-service eye care center is cozy and beyond welcoming and I was as wowed by the space as I was by the selection of cool and unique frame options.
The knowledgeable staff is an added bonus.
Mike suggests you ask yourself a couple of questions before you dive in.
What kind of frame do you normally wear?
Are you looking for a change or are you comfortable with what has already been working for you?
Here are some glasses I tried on while we chatted.
5 things to consider the next time you are out shopping for frames.
Why are you wearing glasses?
When shopping for your next frame consider when you will be wearing your specs. Are they for everyday, reading/computer, occupational, driving, sport, fashion, or all of the above? There is a frame for everyone and every reason. It’s also not unusual for you to have a frame for reading and something different for those long days in front of your computer screen.
In this instance, bigger isn’t necessarily better.
When choosing frames size matters! For best results, the eyes should be as centered in the lens as possible. If you have a pee-sized head you don’t want your frames to be wider than your face.
Are you into plastic or metal?
There are a multitude of materials we can rest on the bridge of our nose and contrary to what you might think, some materials are better than others. Many frames carried by West End Vision are made with acetate, which is a cotton-based plastic that is often produced by hand by skilled craftspeople and the patterns and colors are infinite. Because acetate has an organic base, it will slowly mold to your head shape over time, increasing with comfort as you wear the glasses. It is hypo-allergenic and not made with gross petroleum products that could potentially be sitting on your face all day.
Block heads and egg heads, this one is for you.
I love a fun shape when it comes to frames. Look for a little contrast and try to compliment your face. Opposites attract, so if you have a more angular face, you might want to soften up the look with a round or curvy round frame. For oval faces, add dimension with something edgier or with a sharper corner.
Color your world.
When it comes to hues, consider skin tone and hair color. IMO, bold and dark look good on everyone, but what do I know? If you shop at West End Vision and find a frame you love but can’t decide if the color works, ask if there are other colors available. Mike will order them for you!
Say cheese before you place your order.
Take a selfie to ensure you are thrilled with how you look in pictures. I once purchased a pair of glasses that I thought I loved until every picture I was in had me looking like I had droopy sad eyes. I don’t! It was the frame!
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