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A Guide to Selecting Eyeglass Frames | Hakim Optical

Last updated 2 years ago

 | HIt can be tough to pick out the right eyeglasses. Like clothes, shoes, and accessories, eyewear has a major impact on your look and style. But unlike those other items, most people own only one pair of prescription glasses. This makes picking out frames a high-pressure endeavor––you’ll likely be wearing them every day for at least a few years, so it’s important to pick ones that are attractive and hold up well.

Here are some things to consider when you select new eyewear, whether they are designer prescription glasses or simple reading glasses:

  • Material. Frames can be made out of a variety of materials. Plastic is often valued for its low cost and wearability, but titanium and wire are also popular choices. When choosing the material, you may want to consider how active you are. Titanium is very sturdy, while plastic can break and wire often bends.
  • Color. Those bright green frames may look really cool in the store, but will they go with all of your outfits? Flatter your skin tone? Many people go for neutral colors, such as silver or gold for metal frames or black or tortoiseshell for plastic ones. Choosing a neutral ensures that your glasses won’t stand out too much. Still, some people are bored with neutral frames, so bright colors are also an option. When you pick a color, you may also want to consider your skin, hair, and eyes for the most flattering look.
  • Shape. From cool cat-eyes to Lennon-esque round, shape is a major component to consider when choosing prescription glasses. As a rule, you should choose a frame that’s a different shape from your face. That means if you have a very round face, then you should look at more rectangular frames; if your face is very square, then you might look good in a rounder shape.
  • Fit. Since you’ll be wearing your glasses a lot, it’s important that they fit well. A professional can help you determine a good fit and even make small adjustments to help them feel even better.


For help picking out the best frames and prescription lenses, stop by Hakim Optical or call us at (416) 924-8866. With significant experience in eyewear fitting and lens production, we can help you pick your best frames!


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