As a personal stylist and personal shopper, I often get asked to help men choose glasses that suit their face shapes whilst on a shopping trip.
I was interested then to find out about Archibald Optics and the very helpful Home Try On Kit service that they offer.
You choose 3 pairs of glasses that you like (narrow down the selection with their Virtual Try-on tool) to be sent to your home. You then have 5 days to decide which frames look (& feel) best, giving you the chance to ask friends, family or even post up your picture in the glasses on their Facebook page to get instant feedback from their team!
Once decided, you then send back the kit and order online with your prescription details and 8-10 days later - the frames you've chosen will arrive at your home.
Archibald Optics cover the postage costs and you can also feel pleased with the knowledge that you're doing a jolly good deed, as for every pair of frames sold, they donate a portion of that sale to help fund free cataract surgeries performed by Eyes for Africa.
I contacted them to ask for their top tips on how to choose the perfect glasses. Read on for their answers to my questions...........
Which of your glasses would you recommend for a round face shape?
What do you need to take into consideration when choosing glasses?
I think the two main considerations are style and value. It's imperative that the glasses fit your look and that you feel confident wearing them. At the same time you may have budget constraints to consider, so you want to be comfortable with the quality and value for the price
Which of your glasses would you recommend for a square face shape?
What are the general guidelines on how glasses should fit?
The nose is key. You want them firmly situated on your nose/ears so as to avoid constant adjustments and movement. Yet they also can't be so firm that they constrict your face. Everyone is different, so it's a balancing act between comfort and stability.
Which of your glasses would you recommend a heart shaped face?
Can you give some advice on choosing a colour to suit you?
I think generally people know the colours they feel comfortable in, as there will always be correlation between the clothing you wear and the colour you decide for your frames. Darker colours tend to be more conservative whilst brighter colours tend to be for those looking to make a statement.
Which of your glasses would you recommend for a long face shape?
What are your best selling glasses?
Which glasses would you say will instantly update a guy's image this season?
The Abebe in Tortoise - it's sharp angles and effervescent colour really make a statement.
Many thanks to Michael Tesfaye from Archibald Optics for answering my questions.
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