Tips for Picking Out Eyeglasses that Look Great on You

This post is sponsored by J. Galt Eyewear in Lexington, Kentucky. All opinions are my own.

Let’s talk eyeglasses.  I’ve worn them since I was 6 years old, and hated them for the first 16 years or so that I wore them. Sometime around the end of undergrad, however, I came to see glasses as a fashion accessory and didn’t hate them anymore.

Around that same time, I moved to Lexington and found the BEST eye doctor, Dr. Ko. With my high prescription, astigmatisms, etc., I had issues find a doctor who could get everything properly fitted, but Dr. Ko delivered.  I’ve been seeing her ever since–a match made in near-sighted heaven.haha

In 2016, Dr. Ko and her business partner opened J. Galt Eyewear in downtown Lexington.  They are on a mission to change the way glasses are purchased.  When you buy a pair of glasses there, it’s an all-in-one price.  They don’t nickel and dime you for all the extras you need.  Thin lenses and anti-glare coating are both included in their pricing already, which starts as low as $195 for a complete pair of glasses without insurance. And for every pair of glasses purchased, they donate a pair to someone in need in the community.

Anyways, I popped into J. Galt Eyewear a couple of weeks ago for an eye exam and to get a new pair of glasses.  Since I’ve worn glasses for forever and a day, I thought I’d share some of my tips for finding a pair of eyeglasses that look great on you!


1. Take ton of selfies on your phone to compare. That way you can see how different frames look on your face compared to others, and get a better idea of what shape works for you.

2. Make sure the width fits your face. Once I figured out what width of glasses fit my face, it made picking out glasses much easier.  There are numbers on each frame, and the first number is what you’re looking for.  I usually stay between 49mm-51mm, and only sometimes push it to 52mm.  Other people need the larger frames–52-53mm+.  The larger framers overwhelm my face.

3. Make sure the bridge of the glasses rests on your nose. This trips me up every time! I always find glasses I love, but forget to see how it rests on my nose.  Your glasses need support to hold them up.  In some of the pictures, you can see how high the bridge of the glasses is–it doesn’t sit on my nose at all, so I had to pass on those glasses.  And that same number I referenced in #2? The second number in that is the bridge width.

4. Take your prescription into consideration. Here’s another downfall for me.  My prescription is crazy high (I’m like -9.75 or something like that), so even with the ultra thin lens, my glasses are THICK. UGH.  For those of you with higher prescriptions–the bigger you go with your frame, the thicker your lenses will be at the outside edge.  The glasses I picked out this time around are as big as I can go, even though I found a pair of frames I loved that were even bigger.

5. Pick a color that compliments your coloring. I think this is such a biggie!  Frames come in a ton of colors now (I tried on a bunch of fun ones).  Be sure to pick a pair of frames that compliments your skintone and hair color.  For instance, while I love some of the more pastel frames, they just washout on my face.  I think turquoise is a safe default for everyone.  Sometimes black can be too harsh. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what looks good, compare selfies to see which glasses pop on your face.

Be sure to check with the opticians working in-store about fit.  The ones at  J. Galt Eyewear are fabulous at helping to pick out a pair of frames that you will be comfortable in!

Here’s the pair I ended up with:)

While we were there, Chauncey even decided to pickup a pair of prescription sunglasses.  He loves his new Ray-bans!


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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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  1. 1.11.18

    I am LOVING the fourth pair down! They look adorable on you and the color is different but still pretty neutral.

    xo Laura Leigh

  2. 1.11.18

    I’m loving the third pair that you tried on! It fits your face so nicely. But the choice you ended up with is really nice too.

    xo, Laura

  3. 1.11.18
    Candace said:

    I can’t figure out which pair I like best on you. You look beautiful in all of them 🙂

  4. 1.11.18
    fashionistamomma said:

    I love the pair you picked out! They look great on you. xo ~ Megan

  5. 1.12.18
    GH Client said:

    You look great in all these frames! I love the hot pink ones, you’re rocking them!

    Megan |

  6. 1.12.18
    Shelby Skaggs said:

    this post reminds me that I need new eye glasses asap! love the ones you ended up with!

  7. 1.12.18
    Liz H. said:

    These are tips! I really should get my eyes checked lol!


  8. 1.12.18
    Amanda Nicole Hughes said:

    This so helpful! There are so many cute frames

  9. 1.12.18

    I have a pair of red Kate Spade glasses and love the fun pop of color! It really jazzes up my pajamas haha!

  10. 1.12.18
    Azanique said:

    I have never worn glasses but if I did, that pink pair would be my choice! They are so adorable 🙂

    -xo, Azanique |

  11. 1.13.18

    What a helpful post. I’ve never worn glasses, but these tips would be great.