For those who wear glasses, picking out the perfect pair can be a stressful chore! With hundreds of styles and colors to choose from, how can you tell which frames are going to best compliment your face? Rachael's fashion buddy Gretta has all you need to know about selecting the right pair, and uses her expertise to give these viewers a whole new "look" on life.
Susan's daughter is desperate for her mom to get new glasses. She's never seen an eye doctor, and gets by on $3 magnifying glasses from the local drugstore!
Michael's wife has been pleading with him for the last 10 years to get rid of his duct-tape bound eyeglasses. And it's not like they have nowhere to buy a new pair -- Dominique works for an eye doctor!
Separated at birth: Martha and Sally Jessy Raphael? That's what all her friends say when Martha sports her red frame glasses, a style she's been wearing for 20 years!
• Don't buy glasses that are bigger than your face. If people see the glasses first and not your beautiful features, then the glasses are too much.
• When you go shopping, keep three things in mind: style, color and shape.
• Pick a frame that is the opposite shape of your face: Rectangular lenses for an oval face, and the plum-tinted metal really accentuates Susan's blue eyes. If you have a round face, choose angular or rectangular lenses. For a heart-shaped face, choose cat eye lenses.
Not only do Susan, Michael and Martha get new looks, but their old glasses will be refurbished by The Gift of Sight and given to those in need.
Here's how you can start to build your eyewear wardrobe:
Buy a plastic functional classic pair.
Buy a funky version of #1.
Then start to add seasonal trends and colors.
Use your eye color to determine the color of your frames:
• Turquoise, or brown or black for a classic look.
• Bright colored (green, jade, turquoise, lavender, plum) frames for a fashion forward look. (Red frames are HOT right now.)
• Light brown or tortoise for a classic look.
• Blue dual tones for a fashion forward look. (NOTE: Do not get a blue that is darker than your eye color.)
• Gold or black rims for a classic look.
• Pink and rose shades for a fashion forward look.
• Find a style that expresses your personality and image!
• Everyday glasses can be a fashion accessory, not just sunglasses.
• Plastic frames are all the rage. Usually in bold colors and shapes, they are statement makers.
• Metal frames have a subtle, classic or modern appeal. They are an under-style statement.
When buying new glasses:
• Go to an eye doctor you trust for your exam.
• Don't buy the first pair you see.
• A pair of glasses is like a good handbag or shoe -- it's an investment for your wardrobe.
• Ask a stranger how you look; your friends will sometimes lie, or are used to seeing you look one way and may have a negative response.
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