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post #1 of 16
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I need a new pair of glasses and I wear bifocals. My current pair has frames that are rather small (and they're wire frames) and the bifocal was a little messed-up. They said it was because the frames were smaller. 

 

What's in style right now? Are people still wearing smaller frames or are they starting to get bigger.  I really love larger frames and my sunglasses have the larger frame (my sunglasses are purple and I just love them).

 

Guess I should mention that my face is round to oval....does that make sense?

 

I realize that it shouldn't matter what's popular, that the best frame is the one that fits your face and that you look nice wearing. But I'm still interested in anything you have to say about eyeglass frames.

 

And I thank you for your 2cents.gif!


Edited by Winchester - 3/22/15 at 4:17am
post #2 of 16

 Pam, eyeglasses change so often that you should get what you think looks good on you and is comfortable. Mine are longish rather than oval.

post #3 of 16
I don't know about what's trendy now, but I think glasses are becoming more prominent. You see people on TV with dark black plastic frames, like instead of trying to hide the glasses they're making them stand out as an accessory.
I like big sunglasses frames. My regular glasses are on the small side, and it's actually a bit annoying. Next time I get a regular pair I'll get them bigger.
I agree you should get the ones most comfortable to you. Afterall, you're the one wearing them so it should be about what you like the most!
post #4 of 16

I have a very hard to fit head!! 
The glasses I have to get are for small features. It is a specific line, called Diva. All the frames fit. I get the ones which look best on me. My optician is great. He picks out a bunch for me. I would say that 99.9 % of the time I end up getting his first pick....I have bifocals also. The lenses are over twice as much as the frames!!

 

Right now I have smaller kind of rectangular ones with a few bling sequins on the sides. Color is a tawny light orchid....It sounds hideous the way I describe them, but they are really pretty. They are a year old and I still get lots on compliments on them....

 

As a matter of fact, looking at them now I found that I am missing a couple of 'blings'! one on each side arm...

 

Time for me to make an appointment with eye doctor!!! Need to go once a year cuz my vision is not so great....

post #5 of 16

I have seen everything now, the larger ones and the smaller ones.  I have smaller rectangular ones but I always get aviator framed sunglasses.  I don't think it really matters anymore.  I know someone that works part time at an eye doctors office.  She told me some people, younger people, are getting the large cat eye type frames now.  I haven't seen those since my mother had them and I am 59 now.  Everything comes back again like what is called flare legged pants.  I saw a picture of them as the latest greatest thing and they are what we used to call bell bottoms.

post #6 of 16

They had some really pretty frames when I picked out mine right before Christmas.  I think I selected the second or third pair I tried on.  They were a little larger than the last frames I had, and so much more comfortable.  

post #7 of 16
I just recently got new glasses and my old ones sound similar to yours, smallish with a wire frame.
My youngest daughter works at an opticians and told me I needed something a little bit more "with it" laughing02.gif. She said that all because I was a more mature woman it didn't mean I had to wear old fashioned glasses so I took her advice and went for some really nice dark red, larger frames. I have had a lot of compliments since wearing them that I really feel like I want to go and get a whole rainbow of colours now to go with every outfit!

Here's mine if you are interested http://www.specsavers.co.uk/glasses/karen-millen-41?sku=25670783

My mother also got some at the same time, she wears bi focals too and she went for a larger frame and hers are purple and they look great on her. Much better than her old smaller ones.

Here are my mum's http://www.specsavers.co.uk/glasses/th-70#

Another thing is that I chose glasses without the little nose pads, they are so much more comfortable to wear and don't seem to mark the bridge of your nose as much.

Would love to know what ones you go for in the end.biggrin.gif
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestions! I like the bigger sunglasses frames, too, and would prefer those even for my regular glasses, not only because I like they way they look, but also because of the bifocal part of the lens being better to work with. I had the cat-eye ones when I was a kid and man, I hated those things! :lol3: No way would I go with them, but I have seem them around, too. I've had glasses since I was 3 years old, I think. Hated them all this time, too.

 

If I can digress for a couple minutes, Denice, your post about bell bottoms. When I was younger, my grandmother told me that looser pants were coming back in style. I wore my jeans pretty tight...you know, you had to lay on your bed and almost use a pair of pliers to pull the zipper up. And Grandma kept telling me that looser pants were coming back and I'd start wearing them to be in style. I would say, "Cold day! No way am I wearing those things!" And, of course, I remember I had this really neat pair of bell-bottomed pants that I wore all the time because I loved them so much. To her credit, not once did Grandma say, "Told you so!" But I'm sure she thought it.

 

Back to glasses (sorry). KittyWhiskers, I like your glasses! Love the red and I would probably go with red. Not bright red, but definitely something in red. Although I saw a pair of really neat round-type, larger glasses on line and thought they were really cool. They were brown with tan and I like them very much. But we'll see. I love purple! Did I mention that my sunglasses are purple? 

 

I don't care for bling, so I doubt I'd want anything with any kind of sequins or anything like that. Plus those things do come off after a while. My sister bought a neat pair of glasses with a red tint, but honestly they remind me of a certain ex-governor from Alaska and I can't handle them. They look really nice on my sister, but it's just my "thing" and I have issues with them. anon.gif

 

Whatever fits me and looks good on me should be my choice. And I'm sure Dear Richard will add his 2cents.gif

 

Thanks for your ideas! Stay tuned!

post #9 of 16

Usually whatever glasses are available in the stores are what's in fashion. I suggest you take a digital camera and have someone take photos of you in the different styles you like. Easier and more objective if you can compare how they look in a photo rather than switching them out peering into the mirror.

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

Now that's an idea....thanks, SW! But I'm not posting them here! anon.gif anon.gif

post #11 of 16

LensCrafters has a camera in store and they will take pictures of you from the front and the side a bit and then you can compare them.  I can't see much at all without my glasses so it was really hard to pick frames before they got the camera system.  I bought my frames about a year ago there.  They are purple too. http://www.lenscrafters.com/lc-us/vogue/805289217442  I think the view online looks more brown; but in person they have a deffinite purple to them.  I usually go with a brown frame because it blends with my hair.  I usually go for wire frames too so they aren't too dominant on my face.  I already have large features; so I need some balance.  Getting ones with the thicker plastic sides and rhinestones was new for me.  Some people wear the thicker frames better; I just don't feel comfortable in them unless they are sunglasses; you want those to cover more.  It does seem bigger frames are in style; more Drew Carey like.  Maybe they are going back out of style though; I'm no fashion expert! :lol3:

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

Mooch, I do like those glasses. The problem is that I'm afraid the lenses might be too small for the bifocal to work with me properly. The glasses I have now have a wee bit larger lens area and the bifocal is a bit hinky on them. I have problems seeing with them and they told me that it's because the lenses are smaller.

post #13 of 16

The ones that I have are like MoochnNoodles only without the decoration on the sides.  They ground the bifocals different, I had my doubts about it.  The distance part is not only on the top but also on the inside, next to my nose.  The close up part is on the outer two thirds and the bottom part of the lens.  It works for me anyway even though it is strange.  She told me it is the way they do bifocals with the smaller frames.

post #14 of 16

A few of the online glasses websites have a spot where you can upload a picture of yourself and try on the glasses.. it works pretty well.  This is one of them. I had a go at it, but am really cautious about buying online, although I have friends who say they've done really well.  Glasses are really expensive over here.

post #15 of 16

I know several people who buy their glasses from this online store.  Bifocals and progressives too.  You just need to measure your pupil distance.



http://www.zennioptical.com/

post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
 

Mooch, I do like those glasses. The problem is that I'm afraid the lenses might be too small for the bifocal to work with me properly. The glasses I have now have a wee bit larger lens area and the bifocal is a bit hinky on them. I have problems seeing with them and they told me that it's because the lenses are smaller.

Yeah I don't need bifocals at this point.  I've been wearing glasses since I was in the 2nd grade; so I'll take what I can get at this point. :rolleyes:  

 

These are a bit larger than I was wearing; but I don't know how I'd feel wearing anything larger.  I *think* my mother's are similar in size with a bifocal.  She is trendier than I am anymore. :lol3:

 

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Originally Posted by Mani View Post
 

A few of the online glasses websites have a spot where you can upload a picture of yourself and try on the glasses.. it works pretty well.  This is one of them. I had a go at it, but am really cautious about buying online, although I have friends who say they've done really well.  Glasses are really expensive over here.

I've tried those but I'm way too scared to try buying those online.  I have some friends that have tried that successfully; but they are the type that looks good in anything. :lol3:  My glasses are always expensive.  I go for lightweight lenses since my prescription is so strong.  And I'll go for nice frames that I like since I usually keep them a long time.  

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