Thirteen-year-old model Amanda Pittao, left, poses for a photo with Amin Mamdani, right, who explains why these pair of children's glasses suit her face in Toronto on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Whether you're opting for thick-rimmed plastic or thin, wiry or metal, your fashionable frames will be of little benefit if the fit isn't right. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu
TORONTO - Whether you're opting for thick-rimmed plastic or thin, wiry or metal, your fashionable frames will be of little benefit if the fit isn't right.
Amin Mandami, vice-president of operations and buyer for Josephson Opticians in Toronto, shares his rules of thumb for assuring individuals select specs that are stylish, comfortable and flatter the face.
A lot of the times, frames can be adjusted to fit better, but Mamdani said much stems from how you feel when you put them on.
He suggests selecting a pair that follows the shape of the eyebrows but doesn't go over them. They also shouldn't rest on the cheeks.
"The bridge is the most important part of the frame and if it fits very well there, then you will find the most comfortable (pair) and they won't slip as much.Framing your face:
Mamdani said there isn't one particular standout style that is necessarily best-suited towards kids — it's all dependent on the shape of their faces.
"Because we're talking about a lot smaller of a face, chunkier frames can be heavy or overpowering on some kids. So I think it's ideal to select a few styles, go to a plastic frame, try it on, try a metal frame, see the variants, but be open about it and try and see what looks great."
Mamdani said the aim in selecting a suitable pair of specs is to create the perfect oval-shaped face.
— If your face is round, opt for the opposite shape which is to try to find something that is more rectangular.
— If your face is very long, try to shorten it with frames that have more roundedness from the bottom and is not so squared off.
"A lot of it is to try to select a shape that is opposite of your face shape."