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Looking Good How to find glasses that flatter your face While Harry Potter's timeless specs are an integral part of his identity, you may want to change up your eyeglass look from time to time. Even if you've always stuck with a particular style or shape of frame, there's no rule against breaking loose with some fun eyeglasses for social events or trying out a more businesslike look at the office. Throw away your preconceived notions and experiment a little, suggests Tami Hagemeyer, an optician, speaker and author in Bowling Green, Ohio. "Eyeglass shape is absolutely individual," says Hagemeyer. "People come in and kind of have an idea of what they want, and then they put them on and [don't like the way they look]." Often they walk out with new glasses that weren't even on their radar initially, she adds. True colors In addition to frame shape, color is an important element in picking the perfect pair of glasses, and experts generally recommend that eye color and frame color match or coordinate. Hagemeyer suggests venturing outside your comfort zone and exploring different color options the next time you're choosing frames. "I love color," says Hagemeyer. "Anything can work as long as it's not too intrusive and it's a comfortable color for you. If you're comfortable with pink, green or brighter colors, then wear them!" The number of eyeglasses you have can also influence how daring you decide to be with color, she adds. If you have only one or two pair, you'll want to make sure their colors are versatile enough for home, work and formal social occasions. Don't forget the fit Whatever style of eyeglasses you ultimately choose, make sure you have them fitted to your face so you get the most benefits from them. "The way they fit is No. 1," explains Hagemeyer. "If they don't fit correctly, then you're not looking through the proper place [on the lens] visually." Clear choices: Round face: square or rectangular frames Square face: oval or round frames Heart-shaped face: round or square frames with curved edges Oval face: frames with a strong bridge that are geometrically shaped Diamond face: oval or cat eye frames Shape shifting The nonprofit Vision Council suggests these general guidelines for choosing an eyeglass frame shape that will flatter your face: • Make sure the frame shape contrasts with your face shape. • Select a frame size scaled to your face size. Then, zero in on the basic frame shape that's most likely to look good with the shape of your face: 2 5 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m | W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 | S P I R I T O F W O M E N

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