Just because you’re a woman of a certain age who wears glasses you aren’t doomed to bifocals, glasses hung from chains around the neck and the pastel frames you bought for $40 back in 1988. Pick the right eyeglasses and frames and you could actually shave years off your look. Pick the wrong ones (or stick with the dated look you’ve adopted) and you can add years.
Boomers have rocked the world of music, healthcare, business, art, fashion, politics and government. Now that they are aging they want eyewear that complements their lifestyle – active, hip glasses that reflect their personality. For all you boomers out there – this one’s for you!
Funky Black Frames Are Youthful
- Rule Number One: Black frames are universally flattering. When looking for frames, make sure you don’t choose frames that are too small vertically. You’re in luck. Big frames are huge this year – just take a look at what actresses and models are wearing. As we age, especially past 45 years we develop presbyopia, which is the loss of near or close focusing power. This causes many of us to need a different prescription for near than for distance. Ask your optometrist if you are a candidate for multifocal eyeglass lens. While very small frame shapes are fine for distance glasses or dedicated reading glasses, they don’t leave much room for line flat-top bifocals or no-line progressive lenses. While the newer digitally processed custom-designed progressive lenses work better than ever in small frames, a larger vertical dimension usually is much better for comfortable reading vision. It can be difficult sometimes to fit a larger reading area in very tiny frames.
- Look for frames that are uplifting to the face. Softer and more rounded corners are better than sharp edges that could make you look harsh.
- You’re in luck. Cat-eye glasses are hotter than ever and there is a wide selection of designer looks. Go for cat-eye shapes that have softer edges and a slight uplifting shape.
Not Your Mother’s Frames
- What has made current over-50 set unique is that, unlike previous generations, Boomers are not afraid to experiment with colors and different shapes.
Look for deeper shapes with a retro look. These are great for Boomers who are truly young at heart, and want just a little more style in their eyewear
- Many over-50s tend to reach for over-the-counter reading glasses, or “granny glasses.” These are the glasses you sometimes see on the end of older people’s noses while they are gazing over the tops of them. Avoid this look – it tends to make you look much older.
No-line invisible progressive lenses are a great option for a youthful appearance. Just because you could be a candidate for a progressive lens you don’t have to wear them all the time. You will have access to not only good, clear distance vision, but also arm’s-length vision and near vision without putting your glasses on and taking them off all day.
She Comes In Colors
- Tortoiseshell frames are flattering on everyone (except women with gray hair) because the frames usually have blonde, gold or brown flecks in them. Clear frames are both funky and functional because they go with almost any outfit.
Pay Attention to Celebrities
- Did you see the glasses Meryl Streep wore on the red carpet? Or the readers Katie Couric was sporting on TV? Try Googling images of a celebrity in your age range along with the word “glasses” or just “celebrities wearing glasses” to get a feel for on-trend looks that flatter.
Pick Youthful Frames & Shave Years Off Your Look
- Dr. Ruth Westheimer is not a young woman, but you can see she’s young at heart from the frames that she’s chosen here. Again, a dowdy pair of old glasses would transform Dr. Westheimer into an old lady, whereas here, she seems almost ageless.
You can always break the rules. Baby Boomers are used to that.
Stylists insist blue frames are aging, but these teal frames look absolutely stunning on Susan Sarandon because of her hair color. Sometimes, even the best rules are meant to be broken.
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