Gok’s ultimate face furniture style advice
Published 14/03/2011 | 11:59
Specsavers’ style guru Gok Wan is best known as an expert on what to wear to flatter different body shapes but, when it comes to faces, he also knows how important it is to select specs that complement your best features and reflect your personality.
The GW by Gok Wan collection, available exclusively at Specsavers, has something for everyone. The trick is to understand how to make the most of your best features and play down your least favourite by using a combination of colour and shape.
The first step for fashionistas is to understand the theory before starting to improvise and create your own look. Here are Gok Wan’s six styling secrets to help you choose the perfect pair of specs:
It doesn’t matter what look you’re aiming for, your glasses need to fit you well. Specs come in many shapes and sizes, which can really change the way they look on your face.
If your frames are higher than the line of your eyebrows then they probably don’t fit properly. The lower edge should not sit on your cheeks, even when you smile.
Consider the width of your frames – if they are too narrow on your face they will make your eyes look close together.
Likewise, they should be no wider than the width of your face at the temples as they may distort your face shape.
2. Face shape
Make sure you choose specs to suit the shape of your face. The theory is that you should choose frames that are the opposite to the shape of your face, so if you have a round face you’ll suit an angular frame.
A rectangular face has high cheekbones and a deep forehead and is balanced by wide frames with a strong brow line at the top. But as long as your frames fit correctly and suit your prescription and lifestyle, it’s ok to bend the rules and create a style that suits your personality.
If you’re not sure, why not check out my specs styling app on Facebook? Just answer a couple of lifestyle questions and I’ll recommend the perfect GW frames for you.
The colour, style and length of your hair will give the next clue to finding your perfect glasses.
Dark frames look delicious against dark hair and flashes of gold or silver also look gorgeous against a dark background. Dark frames can provide a fabulous contrast for blonde hair and can also make a real style statement with short hair.
Light frames keep the focus firmly on the hair, so if your hairstyle is your key feature, it’s best to go for a lighter coloured glasses or maybe something rimless.
You can use frames with colours to complement skin tone and hair colour. Green-toned frames look fantastic with red hair and tortoiseshell is just fabulous against auburn hair.
Blue tinted specs are beautiful with silver-grey locks.
4. Skin and eyes
Colour is critical and, just like clothes or jewellery, specs should complement your skin tone or eye colour.
Gold, tortoiseshell and bright colours can look fantastic against darker skin tones. Silver and black frames work well with darker skin and eyes but can also make a big statement with lighter skin tones.
Soft browns look fabulous with paler skin tones, as do burgundy or pink frames, while blues, greens and purples can really highlight blue eyes.
Also, think about the position of your eyes. A thin or clear bridge can add width between close-set eyes and a coloured bridge will make wide-set eyes appear closer together.
Frames can showcase your finest qualities. If you want to draw attention to your eyes, choose glam glasses with a bit of bling on the arms, or a flash of colour to complement your eyes. Gorgeous!
Don’t forget that the shape and size of your nose will affect the look and feel of your specs.
Long noses suit a lower bridge and a thick plastic frame, while shorter noses can be balanced with a high bridge or a frame with a thicker brow line.
Remember that your specs need to fit well, so very wide, narrow or broken noses may need a metal frame with adjustable nose pads.
A nose with a naturally low bridge will be flatter on the face, so it’s really important to try on plenty of glasses to get a good fit.
Style is about more than just following trends – it’s an expression of your personality and your specs should be no exception.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of styling, you can start using glasses to express your mood.
For instance, there are days when I want something that shrieks confidence, so I choose bold statement specs that ooze attitude.
Big, 60’s presidential-style glasses continue to be a huge hit, with plenty of people who don’t even need to wear specs adopting the geek chic look.
Other days, I just want a lovely frame that blends into the background. Whatever the mood or occasion, your glasses should enhance your look.
Don’t be afraid to experiment but remember that some frames will always suit your face, features and colouring better than others. Use the rules to your advantage but be ready to break them when the time - and the look - is right.
For me, glasses are just another part of my wardrobe, which is why I have created GW by Gok Wan, for Specsavers.