Hello everyone! I've been lurking around SF for a while, including this thread as well and with a hard decision to make soon on my 3rd pair glasses, I've come to you guys for any suggestions on the next pair of glasses.
To get on topic, I have quite a lot of questions, but I'm hoping CityConnection or anyone here at SF can answer them!
Just for some background, I'm currently a junior in college, age 21, who's trying to decide whether the next pair of eyeglasses should be conservative or somewhat trendy/hip. I have an oval face, black hair, a big nose, light brown/chocolate skin color, and dark brown eyes. I'm currently wearing a Joe by Joseph Abboud glasses in a coffee frame color in metal but looking for something different. I will still get full rimmed glasses, just saying. Along with that, I'll be using the next pair of glasses primarily for reading/computer/driving/everyday wear.
This is my JOE glasses:
1) Concerning materials, I know that plastics, metals (either stainless steel or titanium) are mostly on the market, but with my current glasses already metal, I'm wondering whether I should opt for plastic material or if I should stick to metal frames? [For glasses, I know that plastics aren't as durable and strong as metal, but with a budget on, I want to have high quality (or just quality) glasses, as I don't desire to own lots of pairs of glasses.]
2) Since my JOE glasses's measurements are 52-17-140, I'm also wondering whether I should go for glasses that have a bit more depth to them (like a square-ish shape) or stick with rectangular frames. [Initially my glasses didn't slip down as much on my nose in the beginning, but currently, they're slipping slightly more often with the oil on my nose.]
3) Regarding brands, I'm unsure as to which ones I should look out for when choosing my next pair. The optometry store I went for my JOE glasses primarily had Tom Fords, Prada, Converse, Ray-Bans, etc. But for my next pair, I want these to last as long as they can, which is why I want to ask on which particular brands, whether it be Salt, Dita or others, have good/high quality frames or lenses.
4) Not too much concern, but on frame color and lenses, my Joe glasses had a coffee frame color with brown tint for transition. I would like to ask for any advice on what are nice frame colors? With my brown skin and eyes, plenty of my colleagues suggested dark colors, including blue, possibly tortoise, and especially black. As for lenses, are there any other options/suggestions if I should have clear lenses or transitions again? [People noticed that my JOE glasses's transition is noticeably dark brown when I'm outside, which isn't bad.]
5) Lastly, with my JOE glasses's frame being somewhat thin, should I go for a more thicker frame for more protection? Or will that sacrifice field vision?
Sorry for all of these questions, but I'm not too knowledgeable on eyewear, so I'm hoping anyone around can give helpful responses!
Oh, and I know a face is really helpful for suggesting good glasses, so if anyone needs a pic, I'll PM them a photo of my face with my JOE glasses.
Of all of the glasses I've looked at so far, the Salt Oslos and the Kala Emerson look good.
Edited by CosmoV - 12/30/13 at 7:24am