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How to choose your glasses

You have already seen the magazine articles. "How to choose the right frame for your face." For round faces, wear this. For heart-shaped faces, wear this. You look at yourself in the mirror. You look at the page. You look at yourself in the mirror. Is my face heart-shaped? Is it someone's? I guess it's a little round. But he's not like everyone else?!


Both Tom Cruise and Kate Hudson have slightly heavier faces at the bottom, but they can still make aviators work by choosing an aviator style that isn't excessively heavy.

The Three Main Myths About Choosing Glasses:

  • Myth #1 : "To choose a frame, you need to understand your face shape."

Truth: The internet and lifestyle magazines are full of these useless guidelines. The truth is, no one is quite like the options on offer - you're much more likely to be a combination of two or three of these options.

  • Myth #2 : One size fits all.

Truth: Couldn't be more wrong! In the eyewear industry, all eyeglasses and sunglasses are mass-produced in batches of 5,000 or more in all sizes to fit one mythical, "average" person. There are a few variations, such as "Asian Fit", but none is a real and acceptable solution. Find out why we think you shouldn't settle for magazine glasses.

  • Myth #3 : Glasses are just uncomfortable, so go with it.

Truth: Glasses can be comfortable, and we have the customers to prove it! The reason your glasses are uncomfortable is simple: they don't fit. This is also the reason why glasses slip on our nose, pinch us, give us headaches or blurred vision, touch our eyelashes... The list of problems is long.

Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Aniston have more angular features, but are still able to make angular frames work.

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How to find the perfect glasses for you, your face and your prescription?

Step 1: Define your style

Instead of considering the shape of your face, here are the main questions you should ask yourself instead:

    A: Do you have sharp, angular features, or soft, rounded features?

      When choosing a frame, a good rule of thumb is to choose the opposite of your facial features. For example, a square or angular face looks great in a round frame, while round faces and softer features benefit from the contrast of a square frame.

      Contrast your features to create balance.


      The pointed and square jaws are offset by slightly curved frames.

      B: Is the top half of your face wider, or the bottom half?

      As with soft or angular features, contrast is also key when evaluating the top half and bottom half of your face. If the top half of your face is wider than the bottom half, do the opposite with your frame and vice versa.

      If you have a heavy bottom face, you want a top heavy frame, and vice versa.

      STREETWEAR GLASSES Victoria wears a wide frame at the bottom to offset the top of her face, while Danny does the opposite with a wide frame at the top to offset the bottom of her face.

      C: What is the look you are trying to create?

      The guide you're reading is for someone who wants to create a subtle, understated look that accentuates their face but doesn't distract from it. If you want to go further, these rules are made to be broken!

      If you want a subtle or understated look, follow the rules above. If you want a bolder, more provocative look, smash them!

      Here are some examples of how you can break these rules (without overdoing it):

      Both Zooey Deschanel and Kendall Jenner have softer features, but are still able to pull off round glasses.

      Step 2: Dial your size

      Now that you know the general shape of the glasses that suit you, it's time to find the right proportions.

      No suit or dress is beautiful without a good fit.

      A: Your face and frame proportions should match

      The key to finding the perfect frame is more where your features sit on your face than your overall face shape. If you buy sunglasses, adapt the size of everything around your face. But, since you can adjust the proportions of your sunglasses, it's worth thinking about.

      B: Consider your prescription

      First and foremost, glasses are a medical device. In order to get the best vision possible, keep in mind that some shapes and materials will be better than others depending on the type of prescription, the strength of the prescription, and whether it is negative or positive.

      Soft, rounded features are offset by clean, angular frames.

      What type of prescription do you have?

      • Single vision / standard

      With a standard prescription, you have the greatest selection of styles. However, see below if you have a strong prescription.

      • Bifocal

      Bifocal lenses have two different prescriptions in the same lens, so you need to make sure each prescription has enough room in the eyeglass lens.

      • Progressive

      With progressive lenses, there are three different vision zones: distance, intermediate and near. As with bifocal lenses, you need to make sure the frame is tall enough to accommodate all three focal points.

      Remember: Make sure progressive lenses are high enough to accommodate the full range of the prescription.

      Streetwear glasses model mixed man / woman "Driver"

      What is your prescription correction?

      Stronger prescriptions cause your lens to get thicker.

      Look for high index lenses to get the thinnest lens possible for your prescription.

      Remember: Stronger prescriptions require smaller frames. Plastic is the best choice.

      Whether you are a plus or a minus...

      High positive value prescription lenses are thicker in the middle and thinner at the edges, which can lead to a "bug effect". Avoid larger lenses which result in more distorted magnification.

      Negative corrective lenses are thinner in the middle and thicker at the outer edges. Thick lenses can then come off the side of the glasses. Opt for a shorter frame rather than an extremely tall frame.

      Remember: "+" prescriptions make your eyes look bigger, "-" prescriptions make them look smaller.

      C: Keep eyes up and center

      The position of your eyes between your nose and temple is important to consider. For both gaze and lens placement, your eye should be in the horizontal center of the lens and vertically in the top third.


      Perfect. Their two eyes are vertically in the upper third of the lens, and horizontally near the center.

      The fit of your glasses is simply better the closer your eyes are to the center of the lens. When your eyes are on the inner corner, it can make you feel like you are crossing your eyes. Too far and it looks like your frame is too small for your face.

      If your eyes are too narrow, be careful. If your frame is too wide, you'll look like you're crossing your eyes!


      Left: Too many glasses, not enough face. The lens is too wide and her eyes look cramped in one corner. Right: Much better. The round lens shape trims excess material around the outer corners and balances out her pointed chin.

      2C: Face Width

      Your mount should rest with equal weight on your ears and nose, hugging your temples slightly. You can tell that the frame is properly fitted when its width is equal to the width of your face from ear to ear and there is no gap, or only a very slight gap, between the top of your nose and the bridge of the frame.


      Leighton Meester and Mindy Kaling's glasses are the right width for their face, allowing their glasses to sit on their nose.

      Too wide, and there will be no grip on your temple; the frame will be heavy on your nose and leave a mark. If the frame is too wide and you have a lower nose bridge, the frame will constantly slip out of place. Too narrow, and the temples will pinch the side of your face and leave painful red marks.

      If in doubt, match your frame to your eyes, i.e. follow the above rule of keeping your eyes up and center!

      Advice: Beware of the distortion of selfishness. Always use a mirror.

      Step 3: Check the adequacy of red flags

      You have a few minutes to test drive a piece of clothing that you will wear around 16 hours a day for an average of two years. It's important to check for these warning signs that will help you detect if the pair of glasses you're trying on will fit you and be comfortable day after day.

      A: Nose adjustment

      To stay in place, your frame needs something to cling to. That's why it's essential to find a frame that's the same width as your face, with a comfortable fit for your nose.

      Nose fit is the most important factor in overall eyewear fit


      Left: With too much space between the nose and the frame, the latter may slip. Right: Good impact, but better fit on the bridge of the nose. The temples of the frame are also perfectly parallel to the side of her face.

      Mistakes to avoid:

      • Glasses that slip down your nose
      • Red marks and irritations
      • Eyelashes that touch your lenses

      B: Try to get rid of it

      Tilt your head forward and shake vigorously from side to side. Well-fitting frames should not slide down.

      If your mounts fail the head shake test, that's a good indication that they will continue to slide down your nose forever after.

      If your frames slip on your nose when you're cool and dry, they'll be a nightmare when you're hot and sweaty!

      Women's Streetwear Glasses Model "Cat Eye"

      C: Feel the pressure (the frame puts pressure on the ears and temples)

      Put on your glasses and pay attention to the pressure exerted by the arms of the glasses above and behind your ears. Assuming they haven't failed at the head shake, they're probably not too loose, but may be too tight. If they're ever so tight, you might have a problem.

      Also keep in mind that when you insert your prescription lenses, strong negative prescriptions will make the frame flatter and the temples wider.

      If in doubt, don't take the risk.

      D: Don't let things get too cheeky

      If you have chosen large frames or have a low nose, your glasses may touch your cheeks. It may not seem so unpleasant at first, but can be painful in the long run. Especially when they:

      • lift in the air when you smile
      • dirty your makeup
      • fog up

      Make sure your glasses are not resting on your cheeks.

      Model of Streetwear glasses for women "Pilot"

      E: Eyelashes

      Feel if your eyelashes are touching your lenses. Remember that your prescription lenses may be thicker, and therefore closer to your eyelashes, than store demo lenses.

      Only you have to beat your eyelashes - don't let your glasses do it for you!

      Step 4: Never compromise

      Buying and choosing glasses can be hard work, and it's tempting to give up and compromise. Do not abandon !

      There is no product you own that is more important than your glasses. Your glasses are both the way you see the world and the way the world sees you.

      Glasses should fit you, not the other way around. Never put yourself in someone else's shoes.


      Women's Streetwear Sunglasses Model "Fire"

      IONIQ SHOP makes it all super easy

      Every pair you see instantly adjusts to your unique size and shape, even though the nose bridges are custom sculpted to fit the unique contours of your nose.

      Get your own glasses in a few clicks:

      Browse our streetwear eyewear frames on our online store and choose any frame in any color - each one will be made to fit you perfectly.

      Apply optional adjustments to height, width, and vertical positioning to achieve perfect proportions.


      Women's Streetwear Sunglasses Model "Fire"

      Exchange, discount or refund if you are not satisfied.

      Glasses that fit snugly not only look better and are more comfortable, they are also lighter and can be worn longer because the weight of the frame is better distributed across the face.

      Finally, a perfect fit also means that they don't slip, which means they won't push in your nose anymore.

      So if you've ever wanted to try an oversized frame, or wear something a little bigger and bolder than usual, now is the time.


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