Your face is perfect, your hair is gorgeous, your clothes suit you perfectly, your walk is convincing you’re ready to go! You put on your glasses for a last quick check, and presto! Conan the Librarian! What happened?
It’s the glasses, isn’t it? How do you go about buying a nice, feminine pair of glasses that looks and fits well with a minimum of expense, bother and embarrassment?
First, don’t skimp on the optical quality. If you’re at all serious about crossdressing, you’ll want a pair that you can wear routinely without eyestrain. Your regular prescription will work, obviously, but if it’s out of date, get it rechecked.
When it comes time to choose frames, there is simply no substitute for personal shopping. There are many excellent, reputable, knowledgeable optical dispensers who welcome the crossdressing community. At some point, you’re going to have to try them on for measurement and fit, so why not make an evening of it? Pick a quiet time or phone for a private appointment and take at least your femme hair or wig. Take a supportive friend if your confidence needs a boost or if you want a second opinion!
A good fitter will help you select frames that complement the shape of your face. If you’re browsing on your own, here are some tips on what to look for.
Colour, detail and finish all contribute to the overall look of a frame. Gaudy, brightly coloured frames draw attention perhaps unwanted to your face. Heavy or bright gold frames can wash out a light face and compete with blonde hair. Thin, dark frames can emphasize shape without drawing attention to themselves. Detail engraving, filigree or cutout work can lighten and feminize an otherwise ordinary frame.
Your overall facial shape should guide your choice of frame shape, followed by your taste in styles, colour and detail. Compare the illustrations below to the shape of your face, and check the suggestions given.