Find the Most Flattering Glasses for Your Face

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Choosing the Most Flattering GLasses

Daveigh Chase
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Eyeglass frames are so stylish these days that women who don't need glasses are going out and buying them just to make a fashion statement. It's amazing how a pair of eyeglasses can make or break your look. Put a bad frame on a gorgeous woman and she can play a frumpy librarian on TV. Put a stylish frame on a plain woman and she can be instantly transformed into someone ultra-chic.

Choosing the perfect frames, however, can be overwhelming. There are so many things to consider, including your personality type and your own personal style, your face shape, hair color and your typical wardrobe.

Why This Style Works

Daveigh, the woman pictured here, has a square face shape, so the round frames work to soften her hard jaw lines. The warm color of the frames are lovely because they complement her auburn hair. These frames are warm, which can be nicer than cold metal frames.

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Ruby Rose's Super Cool Frames

Australian model and MTV VJ Ruby Rose
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Ruby Rose has a heart-shaped face and these oversize frames look adorable on her. They are statement frames, which means you likely would want to wear them on special occasions rather than daily.

If choosing oversize frames for yourself, keep in mind the top rule for eyeglasses: Pick a frame that works in proportion to your face. Oversize frames such as these are stylish, but they should never be so high up you can see the brow. They should hit at the brow or below, according to eyeglass connoisseur ​Robert Marc in Charla Krupp's bestselling book, "How Not to Look Old."

Why This Style Works

What is lovely about signature frames are that they are statement pieces. Wear a pair of strong, artistic frames and you need no jewelry. Wear a full load of jewelry and these glasses and you risk appearing gaudy.

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Tortoise Shell Frames are Universally Flattering

Tamara Falco
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Another important factor to consider when choosing glasses is your hair color. These tortoise shell frames look great with Tamara Falco's brown hair color. Tortoise shell frames are universally flattering on almost all hair colors because the tonalities in the frames match the tonalities in many hair colors, according to Marc.

Tamara has a long face shape, and these round glasses look great on her.

Why This Style Works

This preppy look is stylish, and it works with her preppy outfit here. The pop of color of these frames adds to her look.

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How to Counterbalance Your Face Shape With Your Frames

Kara Tointon
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When it comes to choosing frames for your face shape, Marc suggests the counterbalancing method. This means choosing a frame that is the opposite of your face shape. For example, if you have a round face shape as Kara, pictured here, does, try a pair of rectangular frames with sharp edges. These square glasses flatter Kara's face shape, whereas fat, rounded frames would only highlight the roundness of her face.

Why This Style Works

Kara's got a totally feminine look going on here if you take off the glasses. She's wearing pretty makeup and a pretty dress, with her hair pulled back in a casual bun. Then she adds the glasses and it adds a bit of edge and a nice masculine feel. Note how simple she keeps her hair and makeup as well as the absence of jewelry here. Strong glasses are all you need.

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Why Red Frames Are More Youthful Than Gray Frames

Sally Jesse Raphael
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Sally Jesse Raphael has been wearing signature red frames for decades now. These are extra-thick and work well with her hair and lipstick. According to Marc, red frames (and orange, brown and burgundies), are more youthful than blue, gray and steel frames, which can make you look older than you are. 

Why This Style Works

The earrings or the scarf need to go. Paired with the glasses, it's simply too much. But it's admirable that Raphael has stuck with a signature look all these years.

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Black Frames Look Chic On Everyone

Kathleen Robertson
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Black frames can look sophisticated on everyone.

Actress Kathleen Robertson is another celebrity known for wearing glasses. She has a strong jawline and the frames actually mimic the lines of her face, showing off her jaw. Rounded frames might lessen the angularity of her face, but Robertson obviously chooses to show off her strong jaw.

Why This Style Works

Black frames paired with red lipstick are a great contrast of colors. The earrings work here as well, and she was smart not to include a necklace. Earrings or a strong bracelet work best with glasses.

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It's Important to Find a Match Your Frames to Your Personality

Grace Woodward
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These glasses are almost clownish and you really have to have a strong personality to get away with such a statement piece. Woodward is an English fashion stylist and television presenter so she can totally pull off these frames.

Why This Style Works

Again, it takes a brazen woman to pull off such frames, which scream, "Look at me! Go ahead and quietly judge me! I'm confident in my own skin." 

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Do You Need 3 Pairs of Glasses?

Rashida Jones
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Simple black mannish frames are sophisticated and classy and look good on everyone. If you wear glasses all the time, consider buying three pairs: One for work, one for weekends and one for evenings out.

Why This Style Works

Rashida Jones is simply gorgeous. Here, she looks understated and classy at the same time.

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The Importance of Skin Color and Hair Color

Actress Blythe Danner
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Blythe Danner's coloring is very fair and these glasses complement her skin tone. This is an important rule in choosing frames: you want ones that flatter both your face shape and your coloring as well.

Why This Style Works

Blythe is a classic beauty, but she's stylish and these glasses are, too. Nothing ages you more than dated glasses. 

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Why Glasses are Worth the Splurge if You Wear Them Every Day

Max Mara: Runway - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear
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Your glasses are one area worth splurging on. If you wear glasses daily, you should put out the cash for it. Consider how many hours a day you wear glasses. Multiply that by 365 days a year and divide that by the cost of your glasses and you'll see you're only spending pennies to be stylish. Keep in mind, too, that you can get designer frames for $200 and under.

Why This Style Works

These frames are huge and demand attention; the color is understated as are the materials used.

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Sometimes a Pair of Glasses Should Disappear, Not Stand Out

Annette Bening
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While you've seen some excellent examples in this gallery of glasses that scream, "I'm wearing glasses!", there are many frames available on the market that seem to disappear on the face, like these on actress Annette Bening.

Why This Style Works

For women who wear glasses but don't want them to be obvious, this is a great frame choice. The facial features stand out better with these frames than on more obvious frames. It's as if she's not wearing glasses at all.

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How to Know if It's Time for a New Pair of Glasses

Evelina Khromchenko
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If you've been hanging on to the same pair of glasses for a few years, it is time for a new pair. 

Why This Style Works

Geek chic glasses such as these are so fun. They're somewhat clownish, but scream, "I'm a smarty-pants or an artist." Again, the right frames fit your personality, and you get a sense of this woman's personality having never met her. Khromchenko is the former editor-in-chief of L'Officiel Russia magazine, and she's known for her love of Miu Miu glasses and Lanvin dresses.