Dads. What are we going to do with them? They tell dad jokes. They do their dad dancing at every wedding and summer party. And they dress like socks and sandals were ever an acceptable combo. And what’s with Hawaiian shirts? Who is making them?

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Guide to Glasses

How do dads know where to shop for them? I’ve literally never seen a Hawaiian shirt on sale, and yet my dad has six new ones every year. Anyway. We’re here to talk about glasses. Because if there’s one thing dads can do to claw back some street cred, it’s look good in glasses.

Whether you’re in the market for some mens reading glasses, computer glasses, or distance glasses, there are a few things you should know before you hand over your cash and walk away looking like the shop didn’t have a mirror. Getting it right isn’t hard, but it takes a moment of consideration to make sure your look is headed in the right direction. Here’s how…

Your face shape dictates the frame shape

In general, there is one very basic rule when it comes to face shape and choosing your next pair of glasses. And that rule is known as the rule of opposites. If your face has softer contours with very few definitive features, your look may benefit from frames that are more distinctive in terms of square or rectangular frames, or even brow-line glasses. This will help to give your face some much needed definition. As you may have guessed, the rule of opposites means the opposite is true when it comes to faces with already highly distinguished features (such as a strong jawline or brow line). Prominent facial structures benefit from softer looking curved lenses with a thinner frame, adding some balance to the dimensions of the face.

Keep it simple – a note on choosing coloured frames

Dads are renowned for throwing caution to the wind when it comes to fashion choices. How this translates in terms of glasses usually comes down to colour. While there’s nothing wrong with showing a hint of personality, neutral colours such as black, brown, and grey/silver usually work best with most daily choices of outfit. If you really must go for colour, remember to choose something that complements your natural skin tone – warmer or cooler skin tones should be matched to warmer or cooler shades of your chosen frames, otherwise the contrast is likely to stand out as mismatched.

Lastly … are drugstore glasses OK? Many dads choose a simple pair of reading glasses off the rack in the drugstore. Not only will the style of these glasses fall short of giving you the designer appeal you’re looking for, but they are not guaranteed to meet your prescription.

Remember, you have two eyes that are not identical. Prescriptions regularly recommended different lens strengths for the right and left eye – this is something you’ll struggle to find when shopping off the rack. Look around online or visit your optician to make sure you get the glasses that are right for your eyes

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