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TOP 5 TIPS ON BUYING MEN’S GLASSES

Purchasing specs can be nerve-wracking! There are so many questions that run through your head, like “Will this colour work for me?” “Are these frames too big?” “Should I go with plastic or metal? Maybe I should try the bendy titanium ones?”

The ladies seem to have it a bit easier -their glasses come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns. So, if the ladies have the best picks -what do the gents get? In years past, men had two different types of frame styles; metal and thick plastic. BORING! This isn’t high school. Your frames should enhance your look at a fair and reasonable price. So, how can the everyday man break the mould and choose prescription specs that make him look like an individual with style and class? It’s easy and it can be done with the help of these five tips!

  1. BRING YOUR BEST FRIEND
    While looking to buy your eyeglasses online, bring your best friend with you. Seriously, make them sit next to you through the process! This is the person who will openly and honestly tell you if you look like a dork or if the glasses are hot on you- even when looking at them online.
  2. DON’T BREAK FROM YOUR NORMAL EYEGLASSES STYLE
    It’s great to try something new- like choosing gunmetal over black, or silver rather than gold. However, you should never deviate from your own style when it comes to glasses. If you normally wear bold, black plastic frames – stick with them or go with something similar. Changing from this will make you a VERY unhappy customer.
    In the event that you want a different look, definitely shop online and save yourself some money. Online stores have virtually no overheads, so you can get a great pair of glasses for under 25 pounds – perfect if you’re experimenting with your look. There are also loads of new brands around to try, from Furla to Marni to Oliver Peoples glasses.
  3. CONSIDER YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
    Are you the jeans and a T-shirt guy? Perhaps you like to wear suits all the time? If you’re a bit more posh – stick with specs that don’t stand out. If you’re the jeans and T-shirt guy but want to spice things up a bit, aim for dual-toned plastic frames, or even black frames with thinner plastic.
  4. SHOP AROUND
    Nowadays there’s so much choice there shouldn’t really be an excuse for people to look bad, but somehow people still manage to get it wrong. Your best bet is to shop around the main high street stores and try on as many pairs as you please. If the prices don’t suit your wallet you can always jump online, the prices on the web are a lot more friendly and once you’ve got the physical testing out the way, there should be nothing stopping you in making a cheaper online purchase.
  5. TAKE YOUR TIME WHILE SHOPPING
    I know, it seems simple but don’t ever feel rushed to make a decision. If you’re at a store, walk around with the frames on to see how they wear. Take a nod from the ladies – if you feel weird in your glasses, don’t buy them but if you try them on and you instantly love them – BUY THEM!

Buying specs need not be a chore; enjoy the experience! Shop around, visit different “stores” and play around with different looks – all without leaving the comfort of your home. Glasses are the new “hot” accessory in men’s fashion, so get with the times and start being an individual!

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