Need glasses, how did you choose? Tips?

posted 9 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I mostly wear contacts, but my best suggestion is to try on lots before you decide. I highly suggest Warby Parker’s at home try on so you can wear them around the house for a bit to see what shape looks best. I know that rectangular frames are my jam so I only ever look at variants of that. I almost always go with a ‘bolder’ color. My last pair was blue, my current frames are pink and purple. I actually avoid black as I find that it’s really harsh on my pale skin. Honestly my rx is still changing every 2 years or so, so nothing is permanent so I don’t really stress about finding the perfect frames. Mostly I wear contacts but I like to give my eyes a break at least 2x a week. 

Post # 3
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

I have had many pairs of glasses over my life, some in colors, some in neutrals. Nowadays, I tend to gravitate towards black because I like the bold look on my face. I have never regretted any of the colored frames I had, but I did tend to get tired of those quicker than my black frames.

I’ve also learned that a frame with bigger lenses are more flattering on the majority of people, myself included. Smaller frames tend to close in the eye area IMO. I also prefer bigger frames because then I have a larger field of vision.

I have 2 pairs of glasses that I alternate between these days (as well as contacts). Both are plastic frames. One I chose primarily for comfort, the other I chose because I thought they were cool and different. 

If you’re going to be wearing them for long periods of time, I recommend getting ones that are lightweight. I tend to get headaches from frames that are heavy (it doesn’t help that my lenses are thick af too lol).

Definitely go try a bunch of different styles on and see what you like, even some that you see on the wall and think “ehhh I’m not so sure about that” because there are a lot of frames that I hated until I put them on my face and saw how nice they looked on. And then a lot that I loved until I put them on and looked hideous.

Post # 4
7919 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

purplefae :  I mostly wear contacts so I try not to spend too much on glasses I don’t wear very often. Price is a major factor for me. I like lightweight plastic frames because they are more comfortable to me (my ears always hurt if I wear glasses too much). I have a tortoise shell pair that I feel is classic and matches everything. I also have a pink pair that were sort of a silly purchase and I hardly ever use. When I was younger I leaned towards thin wire frames but now I like the chunkier look. 

Post # 5
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

purplefae :  Shape choice: look at your cheekbones and jawline, and try to get something that mirrors the shape, and doesn’t overwhelm your face. 

Or with a round face, you can also balance out the shape – I tend to get larger shapes with a slight cat-eye, as I have round cheeks. 

Then look at your hair color and eye color, and get a frame that compliments them. 

Glasses can be such a wonderful, eye-enhancing accessory 🙂

I love mine, but I do have one pair that are more dark and solid which I regret choosing. 

Post # 6
8327 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I have worn glasses all my adult life, many styles and colours. Now l have multiple pairs in different colours to go with different clothes and wear them all. I think several pairs are the way to go, after all you wouldn’t only   wear one outfit or pair of shoes,  and glasses are right there on your face. 

Take someone with you to choose  if you trust their judgement , but go with what you really like yourself. Pps have made some good points about shape. Make sure they don’t touch your eyelashes or cheek . 


purplefae :  

Post # 7
1974 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I wear contacts mostly and dont even have glasses right now. I can’t make up my mind! Tortoiseshell always seem less harsh on my face and I like a slight cats eye

Post # 8
1544 posts
Bumble bee

You won’t know what you like until you actually try on some frames, so definitely go to an optometrist with a good selection to choose from. I would suggest trying a variety at first to get a feel for which shape and general style you like and then narrow it down from there.

Post # 9
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

 Try on as many different types as you can. I used to only wear contacts but now that I’m older I’m not really into struggling with them every morning. I still wear them time to time. 

I usually go for a rectangular thicker black frame, I have for almost a decade now. I hate glasses that have actual noise pieces, I once had a screw fall off into my eye. When I get my eyes checked again I think I’ll go for a more classic tortoise shell, I need something new. 

Post # 10
8547 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

purplefae :  I wear glasses all the time and hate glasses shopping. I practically try on every pair in the store and just buy the ones that look best. I prefer black or tortoiseshell over a bolder colour just so it is more neutral. Let the staff help you. Now a days they can take a photo of you and figure out what looks best. Good luck! 

Post # 11
1842 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I buy glasses from They are so inexpensive, you can get a whole pair (lenses and frames) for like $30. And they often run BOGO sales.

At this price, I have bought so many glasses. I have grey ones that are more “serious;” bigger, rounder, “trendier,” blue ones; smaller, more understated blue ones; basic tortoise shell, etc. You can’t try them on in advance, but they offer 30 day returns for any reason, even if you just don’t like them. I’d recommend getting a couple and just going from there! 

Post # 12
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2020

I recently got glasses after not having a pair since I was 16? I only got those because I had to in order to get my learner’s permit, and had them chewed up by dogs soon after and never replaced them.

I went with because their prices are ridiculously amazing!! I went to Walmart/Target and tried on some pairs in different styles to see the style I liked best and then ordered a pair I was somewhat scared to and ended up loving them!! Zenni also has an option to upload a picture of yourself and try the glasses on that way but I wasn’t dedicated enough to do that! With Zenni I got a pair of glasses and lenses for less than 20 bucks. I also got a more expensive pair with a specific lense for staring at computer screens and those were only 30!

Post # 13
14948 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think you just have to try a boat load of them on.  And for me, once I found one I liked, I just knew and loved how they looked on me.  And ones I didn’t like were quick ewwww, no way.  You may end up liking something neutral, or you may love a more funky look on you, just gotta try it!  You’ll probably find that you gravitate toward a certain shape, and then from there just try more of those on until you find the perfect one since there are always minor differences that can make a huge deal, like size, detailed shape, color, frame thickness, etc.

Post # 14
1361 posts
Bumble bee

Definitely pay extra to get the anti-glare and anti-scratch coating for the lenses.

Post # 15
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

I’ve been wearing glasses for years and have a lto of fun with them!  You can certainly go to a shop and try some on without any obligation to buy, or as others have suggested, Warby Parker now has stores and you can try on at home as well.  I usually only like 1-2 frames out of the whole shop when I do go.  I have a bigger face and I need a frame that is going to complement me.  I like bolder frames with some personality because they really are a part of me because I wear them all the time. 

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