How hard can it be to choose the right pair of reading glasses? A few pieces of plastic and two lenses, that’s all they are after all. Well, judging by these celebrity (or movie character) eye wear mistakes, it’s not as simple as one would have imagined.
Sarah Palin Reading Glasses
It’s important to pick colors and frames that flatter your face shape and skin tone. This is no more apparent than in this photo of Sarah Palin. While rimless frames are common and trendy, Palin chose a lens the size of a small car’s windshield.
Lesson: Small faces call for similarly small frames and lenses. Check out our guide to picking glasses based on face-shape for help. A better choice of glasses would the The Abbott, a similar style, but much smaller and more appropriate. Note: Since this photo, Palin has updated with a half-rimmed style.
John Stamos Sunglasses
Even hunks make mistakes. Unless John Stamos was participating in some sort of water sport in which red-tinted lenses were necessary, the shades hes sporting below are a big no, no.
Lesson: Bright-colored lenses are appropriate for various outdoor sports, but not for everyday use. A better option that mimics the popular aviator look would be The Christopher.
Ugly Betty Glasses
In reality, America Ferrara is a fashion-savvy, beautiful woman. In the television show, Ugly Betty, she throws style out the window. Her trademark accessory? A pair of red-rimmed, oblong glasses. The red color is a testament to Bettys outgoing personality, but the thick frames and oblong shape age her.
Lesson: Look for an age-appropriate style of glasses that still capture your personality. For Betty, The Gillian, would be a great choice. The color and rhinestone accents are a way to show off her personal style, while the smaller frames are slightly more modern.
Designer Glasses Gone Wrong
This next photo takes minimal explanation, hopefully. Fashion designers go to great lengths to separate themselves from the pack, and some designers just go too far. Had this poor model known shed be wearing some sort of reading glasses-headgear contraption, she probably would have called in sick.
Lesson: For $685 and excessive public humiliation, even a designer name isnt worth it. Lose the hexagons on the sides and wear a pair of retro reading glasses instead, like The Buchanon. You’ll be fashionable without looking silly.
Napoleon Dynamite Glasses
While fixing Napoleon Dynamites glasses wont quite solve all of his style issues, it would certainly be a start. Its time to bury the 80′s large metal frames. These glasses completely dwarf those with small faces and generally are not flattering.
Lesson: Stick to trends that originated in the current decade and look at our review of 2012s glasses trends for hints. Sharper lines, plastic frames, and interesting color details are all popular today. A better choice for Napolean would be The Althope — with the fade effect if hes feeling especially hip.
Mischa Barton Glasses
The only excuse for the glasses Mischa Barton is wearing below, is that she was trying to disguise herself in an effort to hide from the paparazzi. These thick-rimmed, large glasses overtake her small face and draw much too much attention to her eye make-up (ladies, shake your heads with me).
Lesson: A better alternative to these Minnie Mouse-esque glasses might be The Actor. They have a similar round shape, but feature much thinner rims for a more modern look.
Hope youve learned a thing or two from these celebrity eyewear faux pas, or at the very least, had a good laugh!