Have you ever felt indecisive when trying to choose eyewear? There are so many options and a lot of conflicting advice out there. Sometimes we pick out a style just because it's trending that season.
But thanks to Dressing Your Truth, you know there's a better way. Every piece of your outfit can be chosen to work with your natural movement and enhance your Type of Beauty.
This even applies to your glasses, which are an important part of your look since they sit right on your face!
Dressing Your Truth teaches the Five Elements of style:
- Design Line
Today, our Type 3 Experts, Carol and Sarah, are going to help you apply the Five Elements of style to your glasses so you can feel confident they match your rich and dynamic personality.
For eyewear, Design Line is going to be expressed in the shape of the frame.
The fashion world tells you to find glasses the opposite shape of your face: “If you have rounder features, you want more angular glasses. And if you have more angular features, you want to soften them with more curved shapes."
Instead, what you'll want to do is choose your frame shape that works WITH your features.
Type 3 shapes include:
- Geometric shapes with right angles
- Any shape with a point
This can apply to both sunglasses and regular glasses. The shape and size of the frame can vary based on your personal preference.
When it comes to picking a frame, Carol enjoys one with angles. She explains, "I tend to go with squares and rectangles that have more angles in the shape, because I'm a Type 3/4."
Sarah agrees, as she also enjoys glasses with an angular shape.
For examples of shapes that work for you, see the Eyewear Gallery.
Color, Texture, and Pattern
We've combined 3 elements into this tip. Color, Texture, and Pattern will be expressed in the design you choose for your frame. You can go with one solid color, or a combination of colors creating a pattern and texture. You could even go frameless. All of these choices will increase or decrease the amount of movement in the overall design.
As a Type 3, adding an extra pattern and texture to your eyewear can bring about a dynamic quality.
It's up to you if you want your glasses to be more of a statement accessory piece, or simply a matching component to your outfit.
When it comes to picking a color or pattern, Carol enjoys all Type 3 colors. "My favorite color is which pair of my assortment of readers goes with my outfit."
Sarah enjoys choosing a pattern to add extra texture, "I like a more blended tortoise shell because it is a textured brown and it goes with everything."
For more ideas and inspiration, watch the Accessories portion of your DYT course for the basics.
The element of Fabrication will express a little differently than in a garment of clothing. When referring to fabrication of eyewear, it means the overall comfort of the glasses. How it feels on your face.
Every Type wants comfort, and when it comes to eyewear it’s no exception. As a Type 3, comfort is important - in a very practical way.
Carol agrees, "It just has to feel comfortable, I'm not very picky! If they feel good enough and look great, and they are a good deal - I get them."
Sarah has specific tips she looks for when choosing a comfortable pair. "Comfort to me looks like they fit easily around my ears (not too tight) so I try a lot on to find some that fit my face comfortably." While she doesn't notice the weight of her glasses, she says, "I think if I had to say, they are more a medium weight."
Ready to pick out your own pair of glasses?
To make it easy for you, our Type 3 Experts have selected some of their favorite glasses and sunglasses from the site, Warby-Parker.
When you shop eyewear at Warby-Parker you can select 5 different frames and try them on in the comfort of your home to get a feel for what you like. Then, just send back the ones you decided not to keep.
Check out what Sarah has to say about her experience with Warby-Parker:
"I LOVE Warby-Parker! I really enjoyed being able to try on so many glasses options at home before I committed to a pair. Once I decided on a pair, it was super easy to order, and they came so fast! I love their glasses, and the quality for the price is great."
Be sure to check out Sarah's video, How to Make Your Summer Outfits Even More Dynamic, for extra tips on sunglasses.