Thousands of men in the UK wear glasses, but how many of them are wearing the right pair?
We don't mean the right prescription – important though that is. We mean the most stylish pair possible, to match your colouring, face shape and outfit.
Here, we speak with spectacle designer Alexis Amor of Iris Optical to get his expert guide to picking the right frames.
1 | Firstly and most importantly, trust your own instincts. Most people seem to be naturally drawn to the pair that suits them the most and fits them the best.
2 | It's best to go with a colour that softens your look. Nothing that is too contrary to your hair colour or skin tone, e.g. Black frames generally work best on those with black hair.
3 | The current trend in glasses is bold plastic frames - see Moscot, Barton Perreira, Tom Ford and Persol. More care and attention needs to go with colour if you wish to choose these types as they will define your look and they can easily wear you rather than the other way round.
4 | The simplest and least obtrusive frames are rimless which are almost weightless and virtually invisible. The leading name in this field is Lindberg who make some of the most elegant spectacles in the world. They are not suited to very strong prescriptions but offer a very sophisticated look.
5 | A great alternative to either of these two spectacle styles are the minimalist frames from brands like Mykita; these offer both modern and retro shapes yet are made from incredibly light laser-cut steel.
6 | Choose a frame shape which is contrary to your face shape. Anything too similar to your face shape will just accentuate it. Round frames on a round face for example will only serve to highlight just how round that face is.
7 | Make sure the bridge width gives a comfortable fit. Several manufacturers offer an alternative bridge to prevent the frame slipping.
8 | Top tip: the easiest way to spot quality is to look at a frame's hinge.
9 | Go to where there is a large choice! Don't feel obligated to buy your spectacles from the optician who did your eye-test. Most opticians carry a pretty poor range of frames. Ask for a copy of your prescription and get out there
10 | There are many, many fine spectacle brands out there – not just what the large high street chains have to offer. Go independent to find the best ranges, the best knowledge and the best customer service.
Iris Optical offers a curated selection of the world's best eyewear, and offers prescription lenses free of charge with all frames.