Five stylish secrets to choosing your specs

Licensed optician Faranak Da Costa has just launched Speedy Specs, which provides eye tests from the comfort of your home or workplace. Here, she spills on the five things you need to know when picking your frames.


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1. Think about your personal style

Are you a trendsetter, or more conservative? Is your office smart, or casual? Your glasses are an extension of your day-to-day wardrobe and should reflect your personality and habits. So one of the most important things to consider is whether you’ll be comfortable going about your everyday life in your new specs.


2. Work out your skin tone

Just as with jewellery or makeup, your frames need to complement the undertones of your skin. “If you’re cool-toned (silver jewellery looks best on you), go for icy shades and jewel tones, and avoid anything with orange-y or amber hints. If you’re warm-toned (gold jewellery is your go-to), you’ll look great in olive, moss, or yellow-toned browns,” says Da Costa. Not sure? An eye test with Da Costa is also a personal styling session, so she’ll give you all the advice you need.


3. Consider your face shape

The wrong specs can make square jaws look heavier, and emphasize wide faces. And the reverse is true: A great pair of frames can make your face appear slimmer, or shorter.


4. See double

Mostly we think we need only one pair of specs. But if you’re into sports, you might want a different pair for fishing and the office. You might also want computer or gaming glasses. You might even want a few pairs, just for the fun of it – after all, you don’t carry the same bag or wear the same shoes every day. Speedy Specs offers a wide range of glasses, from affordable options at $195 including frames, lenses and coatings, to high-end specs from Korean and Canadian designer brands.


5. Take account of your prescription

Like it or not, your prescription might limit your frame choice. “For example, if your prescription is high, I might not recommend a larger frame because the thickness of the lenses would be very noticeable,” says Da Costa. “That’s one of the big advantages of seeing a licensed optician with your up-to-date prescription, as opposed to ordering from online, because they can advise you on those kinds of issues.”

Speedy Specs visits your home or office to deliver eye tests and styling sessions. It is now operating throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Services may be covered by your insurer and direct billing is available. To find out more, visit, call 604-500-3815, email or follow on Instagram, @speedyspecs.

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