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Best way to determine proper size for sunglasses

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
As with clothing, I know it's best to go into the store and try things on. But just as with clothing, I know I probably have a 1% return rate for online purchases, usually because I do my homework.

Does anyone know if there's a proper way to figure out what sunglasses "probably" fit you? I know the three sizes are temple length, bridge width, and eye size and they are all measured in millimeters.

I could measure some of my better fitting pairs and try to get glasses that are around that range, but how much room for play is there?

Are there a set number of "ranges"? Like maybe small, medium, large where if you get a pair a few mm's off in any measurement, it'll still probably fit you?

I assume there must be because some brands only make one size fits all (or at least most).

Thanks.
post #2 of 19
I think it's much more important to try on sunglasses than clothing. If you have one model you know looks good and don't know which size to order, you might be best ordering both and sending one back. Or are you trying to narrow down choices online by sorting by size?
post #3 of 19
I agree with J. Sunglasses would be the one item I would not buy online, due mainly to the intracies of the human face. There are so many little things in the shape and construction of glasses that need to correspond to your particular face. Personally I would try on in store. But then again maybe I am just a little bit pickier than others.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well I want some Oliver Peoples (Paul Smith or otherwise) glasses and they are cheaper at Bluefly or eBay. Besides, there are not too many local vendors and there are so many models to keep track of.
post #5 of 19
yea they have old models for cheaper but its hard because the B&M retailers don't hold onto old stock like that
post #6 of 19
I'm sure theres a decent guide online somewhere which tells you what glasses suit face shape
post #7 of 19
Sunglasses are sized generally from 100-135, in increments of 5, but I have to admit, I have no idea what the numbers signify, millimeters in diameter I suppose.
Some brands, like Ray Ban, actually use nomeclature rather than numbers.('Small', 'Large', etc.) But most designers use a universal sizing system.

It's easy to figure out what size you are in a sungalsses store. Go to any sunglasses hut or store, and find a pair that fits your face. Check out the inside of the arm, usually the left arm will have among a series of numbers, a three digit numer between 100 and 135. Most common sizes are 115-125. Some brands will fit you slightly differently per pair, but you can get a general idea of what size you are.

I know that size 115 fits me in most brands, and I feel safe ordering this size online.
post #8 of 19
The 115 is the temple measurement. From the front to the end of the arm, I think.

Check here at the 'select size' box and it has a little diagram that shows what the different dimensions mean.

http://www.framesdirect.com/framesfp...tcrbmf/lb.html
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by j View Post
The 115 is the temple measurement. From the front to the end of the arm, I think.

Check here at the 'select size' box and it has a little diagram that shows what the different dimensions mean.

http://www.framesdirect.com/framesfp...tcrbmf/lb.html

You're right that it is the temple measurement, although I'm guessing it's measured around the diameter or maybe across the lens; when I try different measurements on, I notice the difference in how wide the lenses are against my face.
post #10 of 19
It might be that the whole thing is scaled based on the temple measurement, like a size 32 jean will have a different rise, thigh, knee measurement than a 36, etc.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Sorry to ressurect but does anyone know what sort of variance I can have (in each of the 3 main measurements) for a pair and have it still (probably) fit?
post #12 of 19
You trying to order from Dmitri?
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Is Dimitri from Spectacles For Humans? I am thinking about it. I am asking to kill two birds with one stone - possibly get new RX glasses but also sunglasses online.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by nastyandy View Post
You're right that it is the temple measurement, although I'm guessing it's measured around the diameter or maybe across the lens; when I try different measurements on, I notice the difference in how wide the lenses are against my face.

The long number is the length of the ear piece, in mm, from where it meets the lens to the end of the earpiece. The next number is the size of the lens itself, side to side, and the smallest number is the distance, again in mm, between the two lenses.
post #15 of 19
very helpful info, thanks!
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