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Combine Function and Style for the Best Pair of Glasses

Did you know that, according to The Vision Council, more than 153 million Americans wear glasses, and they spend up to $19.2 billion on frames and lenses each year?

There are a lot of things to consider when picking up a new pair. Style, function, and overall quality all come into play. Ask yourself these questions to determine what pair of eyeglasses will work best for you.

What Frames Will Complement Your Face?

Did you know that the amount of online purchases increased by as much as 26.7% in just a year, from 2011 to 2012? Whether you choose to buy your glasses online, or in person, you need to think about shapes first. What is your face shape ? The beauty industry defines seven basic face shapes, including oval, square, round, oblong, triangle, heart, and diamond.

Once you have determined your face shape, choose frames that will contrast the natural angles of your face. If you have a round face, choose square, or boxy, frames. If you have a square face, avoid sharp angles. Opt instead for a round or oval pair.

What Will You Be Doing?

There are all kinds of glasses out there. The largest market share owned by one particular eyewear brand is less than 6%, meaning that there are a number of different brands to choose from. Function can help narrow down your choices quite a bit.

What is your profession? What kind of impression are you trying to create? If you work in business, or a professional office environment, stick to traditional colors. Black is always a safe bet, but you can also choose from browns, silver, and clear frames, too. If you are an artist or designer, on the other hand, you may want to show off your creativity with retro or vintage glasses.

If you are an active athlete, vintage glasses are not going to help. You may want to consider more expensive, specialized frames instead. In fact, a number of eyewear manufacturers make sport-specific eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses. Special lens features can further enhance your athletic performance: Polarized lenses can help reduce glares from water and pavement, while polycarbonate lenses are completely shatter-resistant.

Wear glasses just about every day? Choose the right pair. Whether you settle on rectangular glasses, vintage glasses, or sports glasses, keep in mind the styles and shapes that complement you most as well as the functional features you may need to perform your day-to-day activities.

Try the Style Me option on the FramesDirect.com website today to see which style fits your face the best.

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