Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

myStyle Crystal Clear; Want to Look 10 Years Younger? Forget Botox, Treat Yourself to This Some Fashion Forward Eyewear. Wade Optician's Creative Director Kirsty Wade Talks Us through the Most Flattering Looks for Every Face Shape

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

myStyle Crystal Clear; Want to Look 10 Years Younger? Forget Botox, Treat Yourself to This Some Fashion Forward Eyewear. Wade Optician's Creative Director Kirsty Wade Talks Us through the Most Flattering Looks for Every Face Shape

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THE latest looks for eyewear are seriously flattering and designed to make you look and feel fabulous whatever your age, according to Kirsty Wade, creative director at Wade Opticians with branches in Ryton and Prudho.

Colour is still with us this season, says Kirsty, but it has translated into very wearable looks with softer colour combinations and cleaner lines.

Other key trends this autumn are glamorous tortoiseshell frames, geek chic and cat's-eye shaped looks but colour and bi-coloured frames are likely to be most coveted.

"People shouldn't be afraid of colour," she explains. "Colour combined with the right frames for your face shape can be really flattering and many of the bright colours of summer have been pared down with softer shades such as Prada pairing tomato red with baby pink."

The key to getting the most flattering look, says Kirsty, is to study your face shape.

"Have a look in the mirror, hold back your hair and study the shape. People's faces can be a combination of different shapes, so use this as a guide rather than as a hard and fast rule," she advises. "Don't forget, like any other fashion item, expert advice can make all the difference. They can help you identify your face shape and present you with a series of options to try so don't be afraid to ask for guidance from your optician.

"You wear glasses every day so it will be one of your most important fashion purchases and it's important that you get a look that makes you feel confident."

So which looks suit which face shapes? This season's take on geek chic and square frames are ideal for those with heart-shaped faces, says Kirsty. Think Jennifer Aniston, with a broad forehead tapering to a small chin and mouth.

Be careful not to swamp your face, so choose smaller styles without too much decorative detail and avoid eyewear which is wider at the top, which will broaden the forehead rather than adding balance.

If you're more Sarah Jessica Parker in looks and have a long face with high cheekbones, then the right frame will balance the narrowness of your face.

Kirsty recommends to try wider frames, including a larger square frame and all-over colour can work well on this face shape. …

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