5 Tips for Choosing New Glasses
5 tips for choosing your next pair of glassesI'll have to confess, when I accepted I had to wear glasses for the computer and reading I picked a style with the most neutral frames as possible, as if that would make them invisible. What I ended up with is a rather boring pair of glasses. That was a few years ago now and it's time for a new pair.

As this year is all about bringing together what I've learnt and the opportunities that have come my way I thought I should look anew at my glasses. I am making positive changes within my life and self and I want to reflect them in how I'm presenting myself to the world. Taking a leaf from the book of the inaugural NSW Small Business Commissioner, Yasmin King, I decided my next pair of glasses should be bold, should be colourful, should be a celebration.

While the idea was easy to explore, the reality has to deal with my less flamboyant side. Subsequently I've been looking at glass for months now. All different brands and styles and I've basically confused myself. I've ended up deciding to have a neutral pair for home and a colourful pair for out and about and just as I have more than one pair of sunglasses I 'm even allowing myself to have more than just one colour, more than just one new pair of reading glasses.

When I first got my glasses I exclaimed "Oh, I can see my hands!" - what I meant was I could see the lines on my hands - something that fascinated me as a child and I just hadn't seen for ages. It was wonderful being able to read chunks of a novel without getting tired with an aching head. I'm wondering now what new joys will await me with a new pair of specs, what have I taken for granted with the slow decay of my sight?

5 Tips for New Glasses

What to look for when choosing a new style of glasses:

1. Try a new colour! If you've always had rather under stated glasses try being a bit bold and choose frames with some colour.

2. If you're trying something new take a trusted friend along with you and get her kind and frank opinion about the shape and colour of the frames.

3. Let the Optometrist and those helping you in the shop know that you're trying something different. From my experience they love the idea of someone stepping out of their comfort zone and experimenting. They have seen so many face shapes and glasses they have a great range of experience.

4. Look for a style that represents you confident side rather than your insecure side. For many of us, our insecurities come out when we are trying no glasses and we end up with the style that is more conservative than we are really after.

5. Think about the colours you wear and your make up. Black frames can be quite heavy and serious - good if you want to communicate that message but if you are after more colour in your life then maybe a red or purple pair is the answer. I must admit, with my hair and colouring I've been quite tempted with a light tortoiseshell colour. I'm planning on two different frames - one being red because it's bold and challenging me, the other colour undetermined at this stage.

Starting fresh with a new pair of specs

When you're changing up things in your life a new pair of glasses is a great way to update your look. They are a great visual reminder to yourself each day about the positive changes you're making as well as showing the world a new version of you.


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