Help choose glasses frames? ETA: New Head shot, lotsa pics

I'm armed with an updated prescription, and have narrowed down my frame choices.....  But I'm having troubles with the final decision.  Would you mind weighing in?

I can get two pair - so feel free to vote for two.  I'm thinking that one red and one not-red would be a good mix.

#1 and #2 are dark red, #1 a bit thicker, and #2 has plaid arms.

#3 is blue (but I wonder if it's a bit too angular for my face?)

#4 is my favorite shape, but these are black.  They also come in very bright red, that I fear will accentuate the redness my face gets when I'm flushed (which is rather frequent).

And apologies for the non-clear lenses on #1-3.  I wish they online pics were better....  

And as always, feel free to tell me to go back to the drawing board too (but be prepared to offer concrete suggestions if you do :) )

ETA: New Head Shot, (with same four frames, and new frames under consideration) added.  

#5 - same frame as #1, new head shot.  

#6 same frame as #2. 

#7 same frame as #3

#8 same frame as #4

#9 same as in my first comment after showing my old glasses

#10 the wider red ones (from my comment)

#11 the wider black ones (from same comment)

#12 a blue semi-rimless (I think these are probably too tall)

#13 a lighter blue

#14 black with gold (for Jenava)

#15 brown

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  • Ornella replied 6 years ago

    I'm not too keen on either Amy :-(
    1 and 2 appear too small for your face.
    3 is probably the best of them all.
    4 has the best width in comparison to your face.

    Are you pressed for time? Could you search a bit longer?

  • abc replied 6 years ago

    I like 1 and 3 best, but it is hard due to not being "real" photos, if you know what I mean!

  • abc replied 6 years ago

    I am guessing this is an online ordering site.  A thought occurred to me, can you go to an actual B&M shop and try on real ones (and maybe snap some pics) to help you narrow down the sizes and shapes?

  • Zibbets replied 6 years ago

    Agree that 1 and 2 are too small and that there is likely something better out there.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Ornella for explaning why - I'll check with widths of 1 and 2 against a width of glasses that I have.  I may need to filter for wider frames...

    (and yeah, abc - I agree.)

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Okay - checking done.  My current glasses are attached below (first the 'frame fit' from the website, and then in action).  I like the way they fit, but the nose is too narrow, and they pinch - so I'm not going to get the same frames.  How is the width on them (they are indeed wider than all four of these - so I'm going to do a filter for wider frames)

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    I think they look a little small for your face. How about a slightly larger frame but with a similar shape to #1 and #4.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    I have a good idea of my parameters already from trying on ones from this company:  I require them light-weight (up to about 20-23 grams), oval frames, and generally prefer the partial frame (just on the top).  I can't handle them lenses too deep, or my cheeks bump them when I smile.  I require the silicon nose pads, because they are adjustable and my nose is very wide where the glasses connect.

    Here's another one that's wider than my current blue ones, but I'm worried that they might be a little tall for my smiling.

  • Jenava replied 6 years ago

    I am no help, but wanted to say - I think you're on the right track with choosing frames that are bottomless.  I like #4 of your original pics.  It's so hard not to see them IRL, and I think also if you could position them just a touch lower on your face they'd look more realistic.  This last pair, I think might be too deep for your face, though...

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Red and black that are the same width of my current blue ones.  Both are a little on the heavy side, but might be do-able with the adjustable nose, I think.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Jenava - I think you're right - I'll try positioning my face a little higher so the glasses sit lower.

  • abc replied 6 years ago

    Yeah, I noticed in the virtual pics the glasses weren't sitting in the correct position.  This could help things out too.

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    I like the two latest ones you posted at the bottom!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    I like the very last pair the best.  How are you doing this?  I agree it's hard to judge the photos this way, but it's a cool idea.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Una, their site provides it - but the interface is buggy and hard to use.  I'm trying to get a new head shot to use, but it keeps placing my head off-center.  I think they coded in a new bug today or something :)

  • Jenava replied 6 years ago

    I like both of those you just posted!  The red is flattering on you - the black is more versatile.  I wonder what a gold-tone frame would do for you?  Something like that last one, but gold rather than black?

  • Rambling Ann replied 6 years ago

    What I like about the latest ones compared to the first set is where the outer bottom curve hits your cheek bone. The first ones had more skin between ear and frame, less between frame and eye. The latest ones are more balanced to my eye. The biggest ones, on the other hand, seem overwhelming. I think you are zeroing in onto something that will work well.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Jenava - I'm not opposed to trying gold-toned frames, but a little scared of it.  Yellow is my absolutely worst color :)

  • merwoman replied 6 years ago

    Hi Amy!

    You have gorgeous eyes! And to my eye, the dark frames look good on you - I like the contrast between the frame colour and your hair and skin tone. I liked #4 in the first set, and I like the last 2 you posted.

    what I prefer in the last set, is that the frame seems to follow your brow line better.  Your eyebrows are almost hidden in the first set of pics...which might be a computer 'fitting' issue.

    Hope you had a great summer! Sue

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    I actually like #1 in your first set best, if you can get them the right width for your face. I like that they have just a little more depth to them, which looks more current to me than the shallower frames. I like the shape of them with your brow line, and the rich deep red color looks like a good one, though that is really hard to tell, since it's kind of a photo-of-a-photo we're looking at, with this technology, right?

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    What website are you using? I'm getting a second pair and would like to try it out.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Karie - it's Zenni Optical.  (  They have the biggest selection and the most information about the frames of all the online sites that I've tried. I've gotten four pairs there so far, and been satisfied with their quality and service.

  • Jenava replied 6 years ago

    I was just thinking that you have such lovely warm brown eyes that a pale gold tone might set them off while still being neutral.  (-:  Just a crazy idea. 

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    Agreeing with Jenava about the bottomless frames, they work for you for sure. 

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Caro and Jenava - Maybe a really pale gold would work - I'll pull some up and see what I think.  But it'll probably be a day or two.  I'm having troubles with their site accepting new photos right now, so I still haven't successfully adjusted the placement of my head in the frame (so that the glasses sit lower)

  • Staysfit replied 6 years ago

    I also liked the 4th pair from the original photos and the last two pairs. I have a slight preference for the red. I like hoe the red makes your face light up and it picks up your lip color and makes your eyes sparkle. I also think it made your cheeks look rosy. It's like putting on makeup! Maybe a pair in rose gold would do the same? I look forward to seeing more pics.

    I also like how the last two pairs echo your brow line but don't cover it completely.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Okay - I finally got their website to work with a new head shot.  It seems they changed the algorithm for displaying the frames too - a lot more of the arm shows.

    Instead of posting all the photos this far down, I just posted a whole bunch up top.  Hope you don't mind!  And I so very very much appreciate your help!

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Of those posted, I like 6 and 8 best. They show at least some of your eyebrows. You have that rare perfectly oval face and lovely eyes.

  • Ornella replied 6 years ago

    A lot better selection Amy :-) Bigger frames make a huge difference to me. May I ask, are you definitely settled for the bottomless frames, because I see a lot of full ones too?

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Joy and Ornella - I do prefer bottomless frames. There are a lot of full-frames ones in my selection because there's not a great selection of the bottomless, and because the full frames seem more in style to me right now.  But the half frames, I think, balance out the asymmetry of my face better, and are more flattering - so it's my guess that they'll win.  

  • frannieb replied 6 years ago

    I think the shape of number 10 is the best for your fast. You have tried on many almond shaped glasses for lack of a better word and number ten is rectangular shaped. I would like to see you try on more glasses in that shape. You can get bottomless glasses with clear rectangular shape - it is shape that works best for me and I have both full frame and bottomless in that shape.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    I like #8 best on you for size and shape. Not sure whether this is the color you want, but does it come in other options?
    I noticed that a lot of these frames have a fairly wide bridge for you, so that they make your eyes appear closer to the center of the glasses frames rather than being centered on the lenses. That is a lot of why I prefer 8--your eyes seem to be more nicely framed by this pair. And I like the shape along your brow line, and they are a good width for your face.

    (With this new set of photos, I don't like the red ones I chose before as much as I did at first.)

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