Styling Tips for Wearing Glasses with Formal Attire


When dressing up for a formal event, every detail counts, including your glasses. As an essential accessory for many, eyewear can complement your sophisticated look and add a touch of personality. Here are some style tips to help ensure that your glasses not only improve your vision but also enhance your formal attire.

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Choose the Right Frame

Selecting the perfect frame is crucial when it comes to formal wear. Consider these points:

  • Frame Shape: Opt for classic shapes such as rectangles, almonds, or ovals. These are timeless and work well with various formal styles.
  • Color: Stick to neutral colors like black, gray, or brown for a subtle and professional look. Metallic tones such as gold or silver can also add a touch of elegance.
  • Material: Metal frames or thin acetate frames are typically more suited for formal occasions as they offer a sleek and refined appearance.

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Complement Your Face Shape

The shape of your glasses should balance your facial features. Here are some guidelines based on common face shapes:

  • Oval Face: Almost any frame shape will work, but ensure the size is in proportion to your face.
  • Round Face: Go for angular frames to add definition to your face. Rectangular frames can provide a nice contrast.
  • Square Face: Choose frames that are wider than they are deep, such as oval frames, to soften angular lines.
  • Heart-Shaped Face: Consider frames that are wider at the bottom or light-colored frames to balance the width of the forehead.

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Maintain Balance and Proportion

When wearing glasses with formal attire, it’s important to balance the visual weight of your glasses with your outfit:

  • Tie-in Accessories: If you wear jewelry or cufflinks, try matching the metal or color with your glasses for a cohesive look.
  • Consider Your Hairstyle: Your hairstyle can affect how your glasses look. Keep your hair neat and make sure your glasses don’t clash with your hairdo.
  • Proper Fit: Ensure your glasses fit well and don’t slide down your nose, which can detract from your polished appearance.

Your glasses are a reflection of your personal style, even at formal events. By selecting the right frames and ensuring they compliment your face and attire, you’ll look put-together and feel confident. Remember that comfort is key; your glasses should feel as good as they look.

About the Author: Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, ABOC

Dr. Sophia Moh, OD, is an optometrist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds a doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and has worked in various eye care settings, including primary care optometry, general ophthalmology, community health clinics, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Moh is dedicated to improving global vision health by making high-quality, affordable eyewear accessible to all. She is also a certified American Board Optician (ABO) and actively contributes to optical education through training and lectures.