When was the last time you changed your glasses frames? If it’s been a while, you’ll find plenty of ideas in this article on what glasses to buy after 40.
Here is why good eyewear is so important
If you have had the same glasses for years, they may well be aging you. Glasses are right in the middle of your face, so people cannot help but notice them. Rather than spending lots of money on those really trendy shoes, you may want to invest in a good pair of glasses instead.
Here are some good reasons to pay attention to your glasses:
They’re one of the first things people notice
You only get one chance to make a great first impression, and one of the first things anyone who meets you will see are your glasses.
Glasses can change your look
Eyewear can completely change your look – and depending on the frame, can make you look sexier, more youthful, etc. Think about the impression you want to create when considering what glasses to buy after 40.
Claudya (above) opts for on-trend clear glasses which make a statement, while still being a subtle option.
Check out this similar pair of clear cat-eye glasses.
The wrong pair of glasses can certainly have the opposite effect. It’s fun to experiment with different types and become edgier one day and more romantic the next.
Eyewear is an accessory
Like your shoes and handbags you will want to match your glasses to the rest of your outfit, so your whole look is seamless.
Although it’s good to have one very versatile pair that fits with everything, it’s great fun to have more pairs in different colors and styles.
Dayle (above) often wears round glasses because they perfectly fit her face shape.
Check out this similar pair of round eyeglasses.
Also take a look at glasses to suit your face shape.
You can change your glasses to suit the occasion
Since glasses come in so many different colors and styles, why not have multiple to match your moods?
You may even want to have different frames for office, free time or formal parties.
What glasses to buy after 40?
When it comes to glasses over 40 you will want to make sure that you pick glasses that do not age you.
- Boring and outdated frames
- Metal rims
- Frames that droop downward
- Half glasses
- Coke bottle lenses
Misja (above) opts for cats eye glasses which draw the eye upwards.
Get this similar pair of eyeglasses from Amazon.
Things to keep in mind when considering what glasses to buy after 40
- Try to add warmth and softness to your face. Translucent colors are often better than hard metals.
- Add color: one of the easiest ways to add a bit of hipness to your style.
- Think upwards: After 40 you will want things to go up not down, so choose frames that are horizontal and have a slight tilt at the outer edges. You will want to eye to be drawn upward!
- Get glasses that suit your face shape.
How many pairs of glasses do you need?
Obviously, this will come down to what you need your glasses for, as well as your lifestyle.
You may need to consider glasses for reading as well as for longer distances.
While you may find you don’t agree with all of the advice in the late Charla Krupp’s book How Not to Look Old, her advice on glasses is sensible. She suggests one pair of glasses for work (or daytime), one pair for going out and a pair for weekends.
What glasses to buy after 40: Give yourself a virtual facelift
As we age, many things do start to fall victim to gravity. However, you can create the illusion of giving your face a lift by choosing frames which draw the attention upwards.
Cats-eye glasses can create this uplifting effect.
Kelly (above) opts for a pair of black cats eye glasses which look stunning with her striking pink hair.
Here is a similar pair of cats-eye glasses from Amazon.
Glasses that make you look younger: More cats-eye glasses for you
Stylish eyeglasses: Choose color
A colorful pair of glasses can be a quick way to add youthfulness and warmth to your look.
It can be harder to wear glasses with a lot of blue or gray in them as these are cooler shades, but there are no hard and fast rules.
These can look fabulous with gray hair and cool complexions.
Red is a good choice to add warmth.
Gabriella (above) matches her glasses to her coat.
Check out this similar pair of red glasses.
Trendy glasses for women: What if you like black?
As we get older, black can be a tricky color to wear as it can make you look drained unless you have winter type coloring and black really suits you.
However, oversized black “geek-chic” glasses are very on-trend right now, and I’ve seen plenty of older celebrities including Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda and Jamie Lee Curtis looking amazing, and very youthful, in black glasses.
You may want to add a bit of color to other parts of your face though through lipstick, eye shadow, earrings or scarf to avoid looking too harsh.
@pieknoscdnia (above) looks great in her black glasses, and adds color elsewhere in her outfit with her scarf and hat.
Here is a similar pair of black eyeglasses.
More black glasses options for you
Trendy glasses frames: An alternative to black
If you like the look of black glasses, but want to bring more warmth to your face, you could always try a burgundy or a dark brown.
Brenda (above) matches her glasses to her outfit.
Check out this similar pair of burgundy eyeglasses.
More burgundy glasses for you
Cool glasses frames: Blue glasses to try
While cooler colors can be trickier to wear, they can also look beautiful if you choose the right shade.
@hagitdana_stylist wears blue glasses but adds warmth with her red lipstick.
Blue glasses styles for you
If you really can’t decide what glasses to choose, or what could be flattering, tortoiseshell tends to be a safe, yet stylish option.
Shelbee (above) wears tortoiseshell glasses which pick up the tones in her leopard print scarf.
Here is a similar pair of eyeglasses from Amazon.
More tortoiseshell styles to choose
Trendy glasses: Clear frames
Clear glasses are one of the most on-trend styles right now because they manage to be subtle, yet fashionable at the same time.
If you don’t want to draw attention to the fact you are wearing glasses – perhaps because you want the focus to be on other areas of your outfit – you can get the look of rimless frames without looking old-fashioned by choosing clear frames.
Hallie (above) opts for a similar trend with her subtle metal frames.
Check out this similar pair of clear aviator eyeglasses from Ray-Ban.
Trendy eyeglasses: clear glasses
Sunglasses are a 40+ woman’s best friend!
If you are like me then your eyes show your age the most. In my case there are wrinkles and dark circles. The absolute best remedy for this are sunglasses which have the extra benefit of protecting your eyes from dangerous rays as well.
You will hardly ever see me outside or in my car without them. Shops like VizioOptic will allow you to get your sunglasses with prescription glasses as well. Perfect for people like me who require glasses for driving.
Diana (above) wears round glasses which mirror the shape of her earrings.
Check out this similar pair of sunglasses from BP.
More sunglasses styles to choose from
What glasses do you prefer? Which of the glasses mentioned above would you like to add to your collection?
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