Looking for eyeglasses

A favorite pastime on YLF--eyeglass shopping! Or maybe I speak for myself. Anyway, my current ones are a couple of years old, and I love them and will continue to wear them. But I'm also in the mood for something new. I went shopping ahead of an eye exam next week, and these are the contenders.

1-2: current frames, blush rounded rectangle
3-4: option 1, neutral tortoise round
5-6: option 2, gray hexagon
7-8: option 3, pink round/cat
9-10: option 4, teal fade rounded rectangle
11-12: option 5, rectangular teal tortoise
13-14: option 6, art deco blue fade
15-16: option 7, rosy hexagon

I welcome your thoughts!

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  • cjh replied 3 weeks ago

    A backwards look but I would put 7, 9 and 11 at the bottom of the list. They strike me as too dark and closing in. 13 is dark, too, but an interesting shape. 15 and 5 are probably my favorites. 

    I ordered new frames the other day. I’ll post. There were so many options, which was great, but also it seemed very obvious which were the best, not always so easy to decide.

  • slim cat replied 3 weeks ago

    I like #3-4 and #15-16 the most .Lots of fun shapes though ;) .

  • phoebe replied 3 weeks ago

    3 is by far my favorite for a few reasons including that they harmonize so well with your hair

  • Elle replied 3 weeks ago

    Love 3/4 on you!   Second favorite is 13/14.  But pictures can be deceiving so go with what makes you happiest.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for these thoughts!
    cjh, I look forward to seeing yours!

  • UmmLila replied 3 weeks ago

    I like the first (for color) and third (for shape) best on you..

  • Kate replied 3 weeks ago

    3-4, 5-6, and 15-16. I do like the shape of 7-8, but would prefer a color that is not so close to what you already have. Is it available in a neutral tortoiseshell or gray? You wear glasses really well. Take my suggestions with a big grain of salt. I am terrible at choosing frames and my choices over the years sure bear that out! 

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 weeks ago

    UmmLila, you mean photos 1 and 3? Photo 1 is my current pair.

    Kate, good point. The frames in 7-8 might come in a different color, but I'm guessing it would be bolder than I would be comfortable with.

  • CarolS replied 3 weeks ago

    You have some good options. I think my favourites are 3-4 (the colour is just so perfect for you!) 11/12, and 15-16. 

  • Angie replied 3 weeks ago

    #3! Neutral tortoise shell. No contest. KILLER :) 

    Love your blush ones too! 

  • Sloper replied 3 weeks ago

    I love the hexagonal shapes on you, especially 15.

  • Indigoprint replied 3 weeks ago

    I like # 3. They highlight your lovely eyes, not the frame.

  • Jaime replied 3 weeks ago

    I am not to be trusted, and think my opinion is swayed by expression and who knows what, but 3/4 is my pick.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 weeks ago

    I appreciate all this input!

    What surprises me is how differently I feel about them in the photos than I did in person. 9-10 is the same style as my current frame, but in a dark-to-light teal gradient. I really liked them in the store. In the photos, I feel they look quite serious.

  • lyn67 replied 3 weeks ago

    I deliberately didn't look at other's comments and I loved the first and the last pair of the try-ons (3-4&15-16) the best--deep from my guts at the first look! Wow, for both. Oh and ETA 5-6 are looking great, too!

    I also have tortoiseshells now, and if you haven't had another patterned one in your life than I advice to think about accepting this pattern on your face with your patterns in your existing wardrobe, or rather-do not think on the subject at all-and then it may provide a kick out of your existing style ruts then-IYKWIM!:-)

  • anchie replied 3 weeks ago

    #3! They look great with your hair, eyes and even that sweater.

  • Star replied 3 weeks ago

    #3 for sure, and then #15.

  • Dee replied 3 weeks ago

    My 2 cents would be 3-4 and 15-16. To me they both harmonize well with your colouring and facial features.

  • Anne replied 3 weeks ago

    None of them would be a horrible choice, but I think Option 1 and Option 7 stand out as the most flattering with your coloring and features. 

  • Bijou replied 3 weeks ago

    My favourites are 3-4 and 5-6 which are a nice change from your current glasses, which I like very much too. For me the frame weight always comes into the decision too, I like my frames to be as light as possible.

  • suntiger replied 3 weeks ago

    I like 3/4 and 5/6- but none are bad at all!

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    I love #3 and also #15. The rose is so flattering and the tortoise is perfect! 

  • Xtabay replied 3 weeks ago

    I just love 3/4 on you.  So chic, especially with that fab sweater you have on!

  • Lesley replied 3 weeks ago

    Congratulations on looking great in everything, but 13/14 are my absolute favorites! A little edgy, a pop of color, different enough from your current frames to feel fresh and new...

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 weeks ago

    Thanks, everyone!

    Lyn67, yes I've had tortoise in the past and love the varied tones in them. It's harder to find tortoise patterns that aren't too warm-toned for me, and this one, as many have commented, has amazingly harmonious tones for me.

    Bijou, I agree about weight. These all felt about the same. Curiously I didn't end up with any metal frames among the contenders, although I didn't exclude them from my search. I tried on some that were so light you could barely feel them on.

    I think I'm going to order option 1 (photos 3-4)!

    It's so helpful to have your input. I have all these competing ideas in my head about what I "should" get: something different from what I have, something new looking, a color rather than a neutral this time, ooooh those cool shapes are fun! So many variables enter into my thought process, and they aren't necessarily ones that are going to lead me to what I'll be happy to put on my face day after day. I was thinking 3-4 was kind of a safe choice, maybe not daring enough. In reality, I want what is flattering and what is in keeping with my style, and from past experience, I can see that "daring" is actually not something I value in my eyewear choices.

  • Helena replied 3 weeks ago

    Late to the party but yay for your choice ... they're all good but 3/4 jumped right out at me - they are really terrific on you!

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