It took nearly half a cen­tury for ‘spec­ta­cles’ as a med­i­cal ap­pli­ance in the 1930s to shed its so­cial in­ad­e­quacy and evolve into fash­ion ‘eyewear’ in the 1970s.

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More than mere re­cept­a­bles for lenses to im­prove vi­sion, eyewear in myr­iad colours and de­signs are in­creas­ingly worn as an ac­ces­sory no dif­fer­ent from brooches and jew­ellery, fram­ing the face as much as the lat­ter ac­cen­tu­ate an out­fit.

Shop with an eye to one’s own face shape: choose a tall frame to bal­ance a long, nar­row face shape; an oval or round frame to soften strong jaw­line and broad fore­head; an­gu­lar, geo­met­ric frames to add def­i­ni­tion to a round face.

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