At Webb & Lucas we stock a wide range of spectacle frames for both adults and children to suit all tastes and budgets, from the inexpensive to designer brands such as Fendi, Armani, Gucci, Nike, Cazal, Dior, Lulu Guinness, Kenzo, Ted Baker etc.

Spectacle frames are now considered to be a valuable fashion accessory – they can be fun and colourful, stylish and sexy; there is something for everyone as we display over 800 frames, and hold a large back-up stock.  In the past, some wearers felt that a change of prescription was necessary to ‘justify’ a new pair of glasses, but just as you would not wear the same clothing for two completely different  events, for example your work suit to play football, different frame styles fulfil different requirements.  You change your shoes on a regular basis, so why walk around with the same specs for year?

Frames can be used to express personality or to project a particular image; they may be subtle or funky and our Boutique section displays a wide selection of individually styled frames, including Nicky Hambleton-Jones (presenter of TV’s ’10 Years Younger’) favourite range by J F Rey of Marseille.

Choosing frames to suit you

Careful choice of frame can make a difference to the way you look and the image you create.  Do you want to blend in or stand out in a crowd, an intellectual look or something very modern and individual?

Consider:

  1. the shape of your face
  2. your colouring
  3. your nose
  4. your eyes
  5. your hairline
  6. the image you wish to project

Face shape

Contrast the shape of your frame with the shape of your face.

People with ‘square’ faces tend to be flattered by round or oval shaped frames.

‘Heart’ shaped faces look good in delicate styles, either rounded or square.

A round face can look slimmer with an elongated style and squarer shapes can also look good.

The longer face, with high forehead or strong jaw is often flattered by wider frames, especially those with a dominant top edge.

An oval face shape is the most versatile and most frames will suit.

Finally, choose a frame size that corresponds with the dimensions of your face – an over-wide frame on a small face will make the eyes look close-set. back to top

Colouring

Choose a colour that complements your skin tone.

Cool complexions have blue or pink undertones and will look good in black, magenta, pink and some blues.  Warm complexions have a yellow cast and should be complemented by camel, khaki, gold, peach and orange (autumnal colours). back to top

Nose

Long noses can look shorter if the frame has a low-set bridge, whilst a higher bridge will elongate the nose. back to top

Eyes

If your eyes are widely spaced, a thick or dark bridge will help to draw them together. Similarly if your eyes are close-set then a slim or clear bridge will make this less noticeable. For women: elaborate frames suit neutral eyes with lashings of mascara, so make sure that your make-up doesn’t compete with your frames.  Lenses for short sight also make eyes look smaller, so highlight them with a pale shimmery eye shadow.  back to top.

Hairline

For men: receding hairlines lengthen the face.  To create balance, try wider frames with a strong top line.  To highlight the eyes and define your cheekbones, try frames with detailed or distinctive brow lines.

Conversely, a heavy fringe with a heavy plastic frame can give the face a cluttered, closed in look. back to top

Image

A very important aspect of frame selection. 

Consider your occupation when choosing a frame.  Some frames may make the wearer appear intimidating – this may be an advantage in some situations but would generally be considered undesirable for those in caring occupations (doctor, nurse, dentist, psychiatrist, minister of religion etc), teaching young children or any occupation requiring the establishment of trust between individuals. back to top

Materials

Frames can be made of metal or plastics materials.

Commonly used plastics include Cellulose Acetate and Cellulose Propionate. There are other materials such as Nylon and Optyl™ which are used. These can be better for people with allergy problems.

Metal frames are most commonly made using a Nickel-silver core which is then coated with other metals or lacquers to protect the core from acids in the skin. A more modern approach is to use either Stainless Steel or Titanium.  These latter two are better for skin allergy sufferer with Titanium being the material of choice, although be careful to look for frames labelled 100% pure Titanium if allergies are a problem. An added benefit with Titanium is that frames made from this metal are very light in weight - only just over half the weight of a  conventional metal frame. Recently there has been another development to produce ‘Memory metals’ such as Flexon. These are especially good for people whose spectacles often become out of shape e.g. pulled off the face by a small child. back to top

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