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One reminder before we jump in today, you can find the first part of our guide on eyeglasses here in which we discussed a brief history of how glasses came to be and some different types of eyeglasses that are considered classics in menswear.
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So how do we determine what style of eyeglasses is right for you?
Well, the first thing we should do is determine your face shape. The shape of your frames must play well with the shape of your face and as you might imagine, a pair of frames that looks good on one man might look completely out of place on another.
To find out what shape you are, you will need more than just a mirror. Ideally, you'll also have handy a pencil and paper and someone to help you. To begin the measuring process, we'll start at the forehead measuring across from the widest point. Remember, don't wrap the tape measure around the curvature of your head. We're going to be measuring its dimensions as if it were a flat two-dimensional object since that's essentially how it's going to be seen when people are looking at you. The tape measure should only be touching one point on your head like a line tangent to a circle. Write down the number you measured for your forehead, it goes without saying that we'll be writing down all of these numbers so you can compare them at the end of the measuring process to determine your face shape. Next, move downward to measure your cheekbones and then move downwards still to measure your jawline at its widest point. Finally, measure the length of your face by taking the tape measure and placing it vertically, first at the top of your forehead by your hairline and then down to the bottom of your chin. To determine which face shape you have, look at the numbers you've got and compare them to the advice we're about to give for how to spot different face shapes.
First, we'll talk about oblong faces which in general are longer than they are wide. For the most part, the measurements of your jawline, cheeks, and forehead will all be fairly similar for an oblong face shape. Smaller frames probably aren't going to do you justice instead you should be going for a larger frame with some thickness to it. Sharp angles and concise lines are going to add some definition to your soft facial features and give you a more masculine look.
Next, we'll talk about heart-shaped faces. These are basically inverted triangles meaning that you have a smaller more pointed chin in comparison to your cheek and forehead measurements which are wider and roughly about the same. The best frames for you are going to be ones that even out your faces proportions so opt for rimless or semi-rimless frames that are thinner in nature.
Next, we'll talk about square face. As you might well imagine, these are pretty much as long as they are wide and the edges of your face are probably going to be mostly straight up and down or straight across. In particular, at the jawline, you're probably going to notice concise sharp corners rather than a more rounded gradual edge. Since you have a distinctive and chiseled face with bold features, you're going to want round frames that softened the appearance overall.
Next are oval faces which you can also think of as being roughly similar to the shape of an egg. In general, be happy! Having an oval face means that you can wear almost any style of frame with ease.
Next up are rounded faces which are also about as wide as they are long. The difference between a rounded face and a square face is that a rounded face typically has a narrower forehead and a narrower softer jawline. To provide contrasting balance here, opt for something that's more geometrically shaped
Finally, we'll talk about diamond-shaped faces. If your face is widest at the cheekbones with a narrow forehead and a narrow jawline there's a good chance that you have a diamond face shape. With this shape, you want to focus on frames that complement your cheekbones but also provide some balance overall.
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Excellent advice. Really appreciate the skin tone analysis as most skip it. I’m very pale with purple/blue veins. But my hair is dark with ashy tones. As I couldn’t find a good navy pair I went with black. Due to my high contrast look black was a good choice and doesn’t look too fashion forward.
Tortoiseshell plastic frames with copper-gold metal side detailing and UV coating. Also have a pair of pale frosty pink designer glasses (female) and royal blue old pair that look almost black and formal in low light.
I’ve been wearing black wayfarer glasses for 2 years now, however I’ve been meaning to get new frames with my eye exam. A frame that I’ve been researching are the club master by ray bans, but I need to try them first.
This video gives great advice on how to find one's skin tone if one is white/Caucasian, but leaves out everyone else. Gentlemen, I am certain you'd like your guides to be accessible to all; please correct this.
Hi Preston, fantastic video. I wonder, could you give me your two-cents on how a bears would impact glasses shape? I have a beard which (generally speaking) completely covers a tie knot in length. Also, would this impact which colour frames would be more suitable? Thanks in advance - I look forward to seeing more of you on the channel.
I wear glasses; have done so all my life. I very much prefer the so-called John Lennon or Windsor style, preferably gold filled, as I think that matches my skin tone, and also sets off my blue eyes quite nicely, better than silver does.
One critical issue ignored: temple placement. I personally like high temples, since they make my face look more “balanced” as opposed to slanting downward. This is especially noticeable from a profile view.
I feel like a robot is talking to me. The new guy needs to relax a little bit, and develop a personality rather than appear as if he is merely reading from a teleprompter. I want a gentleman to tell me about gentlemanly things, not a mechanical engineer.
It’s this kind of content that I appreciate the most on YouTube, you’re one of my favorite channels, keep up the good work.
And to answer the question: I’m wearing squared, whilst still a bit rounded at the edges, glasses, with a blue inline and a black outline which creates a lovely contrast.
+Jeremiah Alphonsus Then in my opinion Sven's unique style is better at delivering the same kind of information than Preston's.
He reminds me of all the other fashion vloggers (RMRS, Alpha m....) that try to be funny or macho and be you're friend to make you feel included and different from the all other milion faceless subscribers, whereas Sven sticks to delivering useful information in the most efficient way possible, while only including humor to further drive the point home.
I'm not saying that Sven's style is flawless, he's had technical issues and sometimes i don't even like the way he looks (E.g. his hair), but his smooth tone and the way he poses in front of the camera to showcase the style rule he just explained is something only he does (other than maybe The Kavalier), and he's very good at it.
Sorry if i went too in detail, i just wanted to explain why i think this way.
Yet another in depth guide with a lot of information, that is put together well and easy to understand :)
I have a feeling that style in general is about balance and striving for one specific ideal. it just never stood out to me quite as clear as it did in this video.
Personally I don't think an online retailer has a shot if you have some quirk in your vision that is not standard or you want something like bifocal lenses. They can't dial you in properly or fit the frame on your face. In my humble opinion, if the adjustment is not happening on the face of the client, you can't call it a fitting. Something so essential to your quality of life as your vision should always be tailored to you in person.
But you can look at different frames online, get an idea of what is out there and maybe even have your optician order the specific frame you want. After all, an optician is a craftsman and I think we should support our local craftsmen because we hold know how in our area.
One of the reasons why the gentlemans gazette is so successfull might be, that this channel is one of the last places to find actual mens fashion know how that retail personell had back in the day... We don't just pay the middlemen, we also pay for the expertise of a professional and I think that should be worth a little extra, just like you would with your tailor :)
You left out a negative that effects shopping in both online and in store purchases. If you have a particularly strong prescription, there is a strong possibility that *neither* can provide you with the lenses you need. You may be limited to purchasing from speciality shops that focus on such strong prescriptions and their frame choices are much more drastically reduced. Not to mention that the lenses themselves, without the frames, will be exorbitantly expensive.
My glasses are metal in a brassy colour with a gunmetal finish that is worn off to give a slightly weathered look. The arms are off white likewise with the same grey/gunmetal finish that is worn off. The frame is in a rectangular shape with rounded edges.
Very off-topic, but Mr Schneider mentioned a flea market in Vienna a few times over the years and since I’m from there, I would love to know where it is/any information on it.
Vielen Dank im Voraus! :)
Yep! Part 2, nice! I'm going to buy new eyeglasses and maybe prescription sunglasses, sunnies/shades, in October :) next month. SOON. I might buy sort of tortoise (looking) round Eyeglasses :) even if they don't suit my face 100%, they should look OK. I'll try different drames out... My current pair suits me but I want a change, something fresh+stylish+new+rounder+old school.
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