Happy Tuesday everyone. So many of you have asked about my eyewear that I am redoing my post of a couple years ago. I have definitely upped my eyewear game since I met my friend Kyla from Specs by Kyla. Are you on the hunt for some new eyeglasses? Are you having a hard time deciding how and what to look for? Choosing a pair of fashion-forward glasses can take years off your look and make you feel more confident. The key is finding a pair that flatters your facial features. The same pair of glasses you’ve worn since college is probably not a good idea. If you love to stay on trend, why not turn your eyewear into a fashionable accessory that will enhance your look. Let’s talk about How to Choose Chic Eyewear for a Youthful Look After 50 with tips from me and my friend Kyla.
Choosing frames that suit your facial features is important. You don’t want the glasses to overpower your face or features. You want to select the frames that are most flattering for your face shape and your own personal style. Here is a handy guide with the basics on which glass shapes work for what face shape. This video on How to find your face shape on You Tube here is very helpful as well.
How to Choose Chic Eyewear for a Youthful Look After 50
In my research, I found a lot of contradictions on what you should and should not wear. The idea is to keep your look modern and fresh. No glasses on chains or “coke bottle glasses” that scream grandma if you are looking for a youthful look. Think of your eyewear as an accessory. If you can afford a few pairs go for it. Here are some tips from my friend Kyla from Specs by Kyla:
A few fit rules, with plastic frames which have no nosepads, we want to make sure the frame rests evenly and solidly on the sides of your nose and bridge with no gaps or play/movement. The more centered your eye is in the lens, the better, especially if you have a higher prescription. We want the temples (side pieces) to line up flush with the side of your face, not splaying out as they go back. The curve of the temples should line up well with the curve of your ear, this will help prevent slipping and this can also be adjusted by an optician. With metal frames, you will typically have nosepads on your bridge which can also be fit and adjusted. Metal frames can be better for those who have a narrow or flatter bridge.
Regarding shape, there are all sorts of guidelines you can find online, if you have a round face, wear this, oval, this…. BUT, I like to throw these rules out the window and just have fun, while making sure the frame fits. Typically though, if you have a rounder face, angles are good for balance. Angular thin faces typically look great in rounder styles. And cat-eyes – so good on most all of us! Cat-eye shapes can give us a nice lift and draw the face and eye up.
Cindy gets so many questions on her glasses so we wanted to take some time to talk about specs! Eyewear is so personal and our faces are all so different, a personal eyewear styling is always best – so if you are local to the Central Coast, I’d be honored to help you. If not, here are a few tips. When Cindy came into my shop last year, I immediately was taken with her sleek hair and flowing white linen. We found a few pairs for her, a rounder pair in transparent crystal, “with the perfect amount of shine to catch the light, by @lowercasenyc”.
I like the clear frame. They go with everything and have a youthful appearance. I left these somewhere on my trip back east, so I am brokenhearted. I am heading to Kyla’s shop tomorrow.
We also chose a pair of chunky yet classic sunglasses from @ahlem with polarized lenses.
I love the shape and color of these prescription sunglasses. They have just the right amount of sophistication and seem to go with everything and anything in my wardrobe.
For her sportier outfits, we did a lightweight frame from @albaoptics in a dramatic cream and rich brown tortoise for outdoor activities. ‘A frame so light you forget you have them on.’
These are the frames that I probably get the most compliments on. I love a tortoiseshell frame but some are too dark for me. I believe these tortoiseshell glasses compliment my complexion. Those of you that are regulars here know I wear a lot of horn and tortoise jewelry. These acetate glasses frames are so lightweight and comfortable. The nosepad keeps them firmly in place which I like.
Last in her eyewear wardrobe, the most recent addition, is a frame made out of birch from @ninamur, made in Spain, the wood laminate has a scratched silver front which, once again, compliments her beautiful hair and offsets her signature red lipstick.
Kyla had to convince me on this pair of designer eyeglass frames. They were a little outside of my comfort zone. I have to say these stylish eyeglasses have really grown on me. I wanted square frames that complimented my silver hair. I think the steel frames (over wood) add a chic look with a touch of glamour (as I said a bit outside of the box for me). The slight upward turn to them detracts from my wrinkles and adds a bit of fun. This is the closest thing to a cat-eye frame I will ever get. I know they are flattering and create a more youthful appearance but at my age they remind me of “Laverne and Shirley”.
Think of frames as makeup, they can accentuate, lift, highlight and enhance! Rimless styles or frames that don’t have any structure can tend to wash us out or even make us look older. Instead, a contrast or statement can give us that pop we all want, even when we are tired or casual.
Typically, what I will do is pull a variety of styles and we will sit down together to try them on. I will be honest about what fits and what I feel is flattering. I will also be direct if something does not look good or fit well. I think we all need that objective opinion as it’s so hard to see ourselves in something different or out of our comfort zone.
I chose to support independent eyewear brands, most made in the US or Europe. Sometimes with the well-known brands, you are paying for the brand name but not necessarily quality. Smaller companies typically equal frames that will be more unique and individual – as well as be more comfortable long term.
I want you to feel good in your eyewear, there is nothing better than getting compliments on your glasses everywhere you go! Don’t think of them as an annoying medical device, but as a way to let your eyes shine, accentuate your best features and give you a fun pop in your wardrobe!
I so miss our friend Brenda Kinsel’s blog. I learned so much from her. When I began researching this post I knew I would find some valuable information on Brenda’s blog.
I actually had plans to go eyeglass shopping with Brenda before she passed. She has a great post Over 50 Frame your Face with Colorful Eyewear here. If you want to get lost in a wonderful rabbit hole start reading her posts. She truly was the best. Brenda always paired a red lip with her stylish frames. I interviewed Brenda a few years back for Ageless Style. You might enjoy reading Ageless Style Image Consultant Brenda Kinsel here.
I found this article Live About Choosing Eyeglass Frames for Women Over 50, and this one Emoha Glasses that Make you Look Younger on point. Here are the tips I found most helpful.
Shopping Tips on How to Choose Chic Eyewear for a Youthful Look After 50
Where to Shop Online for Prescription Lenses
I must say I would buy from a reputable independent shop (like Kyla’s) if you can afford it. I have purchased glasses online a few successes but mostly fails. If my glasses need tightening, cleaned or adjusted in any way. I take them to Kyla and she takes care of them.
If you need to shop online, I like Ray Ban for the size and more traditional options. They do not carry many fun colors, but I don’t think that is their jam.
New to me Look Optic has some really wonderful options including readers.
Lenscrafters offers a senior citizen discount if you are a member of AARP. I am not advocating AARP but I am a member and find a lot of valuable information on their site. They have a lot of valuable information on the site and lots of opportunities for discounts. Lenscrafters also runs different discount opportunities you can find here.
I have purchased glasses from Warby Parker online and have had great luck with them. They will send you four or five pairs and let you try them which is a great option.
Diff Eyewear has some really fun options but if you need progressives they don’t have that option.
Quay Australia has some really fashion forward options in great color choices but I found that most of the styles are too wide for my face. They have an excellent virtual try on option that is far better than most sites that offer the same program.
Glasses USA has a ton of styles from various vendors and they have a buy one get one free now on prescription frames. I have ordered from them with not much success, maybe it was my choice of frames.
Where to Shop Online for Sassy Readers
I still wear readers when I am on the computer. I usually buy mine locally but I like to keep a nice pair in my purse. I love Izipizi. You can find them at Kyla’s shop if you are local. I recently (finally) got my husband to upgrade his thanks to Kyla.My favorite, Peepers carries readers and progressives and I love their options. I love these oversize frames so much I am tempted to send them to Lensable and have prescription lenses put in them. Here I am wearing Center Stage in Gray Tortoise.
I don’t even care for pink, but I love these Stardust frames in pink horn from Peepers.
Another Peepers favorite is Curtain Call in Gray Horn. I like the frame size and shape. I would love to find a similar pair in prescription lenses. If you don’t need prescription glasses, I highly recommend Peepers for their stylish options and durability.
ICU Eyewear on Amazon has a lot of options as well.
I want to thank Kyla from Specs by Kyla for all of her helpful tips. If you are local, I cannot recommend Kyla more highly. I wouldn’t consider shopping anywhere else. I value her opinion, she is a great business person (ask the chamber she was businesswoman of the year), and she carries a great product line. I don’t think you could find anyone with a better eye.
I am sorry this post got a little lengthy. I hope you found How to Choose Chic Eyewear for a Youthful Look After 50 helpful.