Reading Chic: How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly

If reading glasses are a necessity in your life, why not wear them with style? Embracing the need for reading glasses doesn’t mean sacrificing your sense of fashion. In fact, with the right approach, knowing how to wear reading glasses stylishly can elevate your look and make a bold fashion statement. 

Let’s explore how you can infuse your eyewear with a touch of flair!

How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly: Green readers on top of an open book.

Glasses have been a necessary part of my life for many years.

As a child, I was not too happy about it. It reminded me of the time in 8th grade when I came to school with my brand-new glasses. I walked into the study hall and realized that the school librarian had the SAME glasses.

For an 8th grader, this was a social tragedy!

Fast forward a few years (quite a few!), and now I only wear reading glasses. And now, you will find me embracing my readers with enthusiasm

How can I look stylish with reading glasses?

Looking stylish with reading glasses is all about finding the perfect balance between functionality and fashion. 

Missy wearing red reading glasses while reading a book. How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly

While readers primarily serve a practical purpose by aiding in vision, a pair of reading glasses also doubles as a fashion accessory that can enhance your overall appearance. Achieving this balance entails selecting stylish frames that not only address your vision needs effectively but also complement your personal style and facial features. 

Considerations should include your face shape and color/pattern preferences.

Best Frame Shapes for Your Face Shape

Choosing the best frame shape for your face is important because it can make a big difference in how you look and feel in your glasses.

Just like picking out any accessory, finding the right frames that match your face shape can help highlight your best features and make you feel confident. It’s all about finding frames that complement your unique facial contours, whether you want to soften certain areas or add definition.

So, take your time to explore different styles and find the perfect frames that suit you best!

Take a good look in the mirror and check out the shape of your face.

Missy wearing reading glasses with a side stripe pattern.
I have an oval face and love to wear round reading glasses.

Do you have a round face? Oval? Square jaw? 

Here are some tips on the reading glass shape that will most complement your face!

  • If you have an angular face shape, consider round glasses to add softness. Rectangular or square frames might negatively exaggerate your angles but cat-eye frames will give you immediate style!
  • An oval face can wear pretty much any shape but you might consider avoiding oversized frames. Depending on how oversized it is, it can overpower your face shape.
  • For a round face, choosing glasses that are rectangular, square, or round will work best for you. Yes, round on round works! Strangely, an oval-shaped reader can make your round face look rounder!
  • Faces that are diamond or heart shaped will look best with round or oval glasses. Square or rectangular shapes will fight the natural angles of your face.

How to Stylishly Wear Reading Glasses Using Color and Pattern

Time to let your personality shine! 

Just like the clothes in your closet, color and pattern in your reading glasses are a fantastic way to express yourself.

Close up of plaid pattern on readers.

You have to wear reading glasses…so make them a fashion statement!

Look to your closet to guide you in the colors and patterns that you lean toward. Choose reading glasses that are in those colors and patterns.  Then…

…also choose a pair of readers that are the complete opposite of what you usually wear! Gotta shake it up sometimes!

Choosing the Frame Color 

Choosing the right frame color for your reading glasses can greatly enhance your overall style and complement your complexion. Here are some tips for choosing your frames:

  • Consider factors such as skin tone, hair color, eye color, and personal preferences when selecting the perfect hue. 
  • For warmer undertones, earthy tones like tortoiseshell, warm browns, or golds can add warmth to your face. 
  • Alternatively, cooler undertones may be flattered by colors like black, silver, or blues. 
  • Solid colors offer a classic and versatile choice, while patterns or vibrant hues can add a pop of personality to your look.
  • Choose different frames in a variety of styles and colors to bring spice and a pop of color to your wardrobe. 
  • Keep in mind that, whatever your vision problems may be, you can always ask that prescription lenses be placed in a favorite reader frame.

Here I am wearing the exact same reading glass frame but in different colors.

How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly: Pink round readers
Clear reading glasses are a versatile way for How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly.
Stylish black round reading glasses.

 Ultimately, choose a frame color that not only complements your features but also reflects your unique sense of style and fashion preferences.

Some of My Favorite Reading Glasses

Take a look at some of my favorite reading glasses. I spend a lot of time in front of computer screens so I usually try to choose blue light glasses to help prevent digital eye strain.

Sometimes I like a classic look with timeless style. And sometimes I like to go for a bold statement with a brightly colored frame. 

Wearing red reading glasses in the kitchen.
Bad photo…but the glasses look great!

I have another pair of black readers that are rectangle in shape and has a fun beveled edge.

And, sometimes you want a party with your outfit…include your reading glasses! Color and pattern take center stage with these blue, pink, and white stripe reading blu-ray reading glasses!

How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly: Black beveled frame readers
Colorful striped reading glasses.

Here is another pair of clear reading glasses (Or, non-color, that is!)

A pair of clear readers will be your most versatile pair as they will go with everything! Additionally, wear them with both casual and more formal outfits.

Clear reading glasses with style. How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly

Where to Buy Stylish Reading Glasses

Looking for stylish reading glasses? You have plenty of options! 

While you can pick a cheap pair of reading glasses at the drug store or dollar store, there can be issues with the quality of the materials. There are so many more great options to consider!

Missy holding some oversized home decor in the shape of reading glasses.

Check out optical stores, both online and in-person, for a wide selection of frame styles. Popular eyewear brands, online retailers, and specialty boutiques all offer stylish options to suit your taste and budget. 

You can even order reading glass samples from online companies like Warby Parker.

Whether you prefer to shop online or browse in-store, finding fashionable reading glasses has never been easier!

How do you carry reading glasses stylishly?

Carrying your reading glasses stylishly is all about finding the right accessories and practical solutions. 

Consider investing in a chic glasses case or pouch that matches your personal style. Opt for compact and lightweight designs that easily fit into your bag or pocket for convenient carrying. 

Alternatively, you can attach a stylish eyeglass chain or lanyard to keep your glasses secure and add a trendy touch to your outfit. There are so many designs available in aa variety of colors.

Embrace fashion-forward trends by choosing statement-making cases or accessorizing with colorful and fun chains. By incorporating these stylish accessories into your everyday routine, you can effortlessly elevate your look while keeping your reading glasses close at hand.

Of course, you can always follow my lead and just stick your readers on the top of your head!

How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly: Missy wearing reading glasses on top of her head.

Chic and Confident: Transforming Your Look with Reading Glasses

Wearing reading glasses doesn’t mean sacrificing style. By choosing the right frames, incorporating fashionable accessories, and embracing personal flair, you can make a bold fashion statement while ensuring clear vision. 

Whether you prefer classic elegance or trendy accents, there are endless ways to infuse your eyewear with style. 

How to Wear Reading Glasses Stylishly: Black and white checkered glasses.

So, embrace your unique look, and let your reading glasses become a stylish extension of your personality. With a little creativity and confidence, you can rock your glasses with flair and panache!

Happy reading with clarity and style!


Side view of plaid reading glasses.

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  1. Wonderful information on choosing a pair of glasses! Love all your fun choices and pictures, Missy!! ❤️👓🤓

  2. Cute, but… Then your eyes look huge! I hate that! Is there no way to wear the 1/2 size readers so they are cute? Thx!

    1. Hi Ashley! I may be a little eccentric but I actually like that it makes eyes look bigger. I have eyes that disappear. Plus, I love seeing dramatic eyes, with or without glasses. However, if you prefer 1/2 size readers, I think there are lots in that style that are adorable! I have a colorful plaid pair that I like to use when I wear black. They are pretty old and scratched up so I didn’t use them in the post. But I think a lot of the ideas for larger reading glasses can work just as well for 1/2 size. I’m happy to “keep my eyes open” for any cute 1/2 sizers that I find! Thanks so much for reading! Welcome to Sonata!

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