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Old 06-15-2006, 11:34 AM   #1
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OK Cats and Kittens,

I want a cute pair of cat eye frames that fit my very fat face. I tried on a very cute pair of Vera Wang frames yesterday that appeared to my dilated squinting eyes to almost fit my face. I didn't have my contacts in and my eyes were buring, so who knows.

I'm going back today with contacts in to see them again. I think there's a good chance under normal circumstances these are too small for my face and they only come in the one size. There were only two pairs of frames in this entire store that fit my face, this Vera Wang pair and a pair made by Hummer (like the SUV) that there is just no way I could bring myself to purchase.

I'm not too concerned about cost as I will search whatever I find on the net to get the cheapest price possible (the above frames were $300 in the store and only $139 on this website!). But where does one go for plus size frames? TRENDY plus size frames?

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Old 06-15-2006, 11:52 AM   #2
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hey tfg,

for all who know me (and lillybbbw can most definitely affirm) i am a glasses fanatic! as i always say, i change my glasses like i change my underwear - daily... i am constantly asking why so many fat girls aren't wearing great glasses... and just as you have pointed out, some of us do need plus size frames... especially a person like myself with a VERY round face...

if i may be so frank - the vera wang's are cute, but i think that you can do better, cuter, and trendier!!!!!!!!!!

i am very fortunate that i live in nyc, which is a very progressive city for frames... therefore, i want to steer you to my frame store - 10/10 optics

www.1010optics.com

when you arrive at the page scroll down to the bottom and click on"frames and selection" personally, i'd put you in a pair of Ronit Furst... very colorful, very, unique, and very affordable! also, the 2.5's kick ass as well... you can mix and match temple and bridge colors as well as lense shape...

ruth, the owner, is fantastic - she can look at a picture of you and give you recommendations based on your face shape and coloring... if you do work with 10/10, please tell them that ARIS SENT YOU!!!!!!!

also, my most recent pair purchased is from a vintage eyewear store called Fabulous Fanny's in the East Village... their "house" frame is a reproduction of a 1960's cat eye frame which is hand set with sworovski crystals.. and the price!?!!? A STEAL!!!

if you'd like to see some pictures of my various glasses, just send me a note...

also, my recommendation is to stay away from big chains like perle and lenscrafters and go to the boutiques in your area...

if you or anyone else needs anything - just holler!!!! or, if anyone is in the nyc metro area and want to go frame shopping, i'd be delighted to escort you!!!!

::shaking fist:: DOWN WITH AWFUL UNFLATTERING FRAMES!!!!

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Old 06-15-2006, 12:02 PM   #3
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Old 06-15-2006, 12:02 PM   #4
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My fat face is one reason i have put off getting my eyes checked.. i know i need glasses but i have a big head (fat or not) and glasses suck getting fit. I want some cute trendy glasses too I live in a small town so my selection is small.

I'll be checking out those links.
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oh, jes... do you like driving the knife into my heart and turning it?!?!?!

MEGAN! you also have a beautiful face for glasses!!!

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oh, jes... do you like driving the knife into my heart and turning it?!?!?!

MEGAN! you also have a beautiful face for glasses!!!

here is another link

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I am kidding. Those $300 glasses on my face ain't from no Kmart. I saw another pair I liked when I was picking these up, though, and I looked smashing in them.I mean, really edible. I maybe have to return there. I'm waiting for the coupon though.
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Old 06-15-2006, 01:21 PM   #7
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I wear Silhouettes rimless because they are light(titanium), wide with the arms sweeping out from the frames, so my whole face isn't covered, just the eye area. I wear progressive lenses, and they are just deep enough for the reading area.

Expensive, but well worth it!!!!

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I love my current pair (see av) and I loved my last... similar shape, brown top/clear bottom, very cute.

Got them both at LensCrafters, which I love because they're fast, long guarantees, and I find the sizes and selection range even from store to store. I've shopped at all of my local boutique type stores, and the prices are just way too high when you combine my tough prescription with a pricey frame. I like to get a new pair every year or so.. so I don't want to spend more than 3-400 bucks.

Best of luck honey!!



**edit: ahahahaha, forgot my AV is the monster right now.... **
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I love my current pair (see av) and I loved my last... similar shape, brown top/clear bottom, very cute.



AnnMarie, honey? Do you not see that your AV is a big blue monster thingy?
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GREAT! Now I look like I'm crazy, you big cheater-head.
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I have a pair of Gucci's... there not exactly cat's eye, but they are big. And suit a wide face. I at times have a round look to my face due to my large jaw/cheekbones. Here's a pic of mine....







I have fairly dark features so I can pull off big dark frames and I love it.... unlike my last pair the outside goes up a touch which I think is really cool.
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ummm those pictures are huge sorry about that. its kind of freaking me out.
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Everyone - thanks for your responses and keep 'em coming!

I didn't make it to the store yesterday to try on the Vera Wang frames because I'm preparing my house for company this weekend (and it's such a freaking mess). I did learn the store won't match the website's price for those particular frames, so I will run back ASAP to try them on again and to pick up the script for my prescription and will get frames elsewhere.

I still wear contacts, but I love the idea of having several pairs of frames to choose from on days I decide to wear glasses. Well.. at least two would be nice.

Aris, if I was in NYC, I'd love to frame shop with you. You could definitely hook me up. I appreciate your advice and the links you sent.

Many months ago I Googled and found some sources for larger sized frames, but the pickings were SLIM and most unattractive (think 1970's guy-next-door serial killer). I need to Google some more and would still appreciate knowing where everyone else has had success.

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Old 06-16-2006, 07:52 AM   #15
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Great thread, Laura. Fatfolk frames are a tall order. I usually wear contacts, but having a giant melon and a very strong Rx, I always have a tough time when shopping for glasses. I love hiding behind my most recent pair, though.

Jane mentioned something worthy of repeating. If you have a big head, but want small lenses (which, along with the high-index option, helps reduce thickness), look for styles with additional width where the lens joins the arm. This reduces that bent arm look.

Your Vera Wangs are lovely, and there's a pair of round cat eyes at the vintage site LipMixGirl posted that would absolutely rock on you.

You should take pics when trying on those under consideration, then post the shots here and let us help you decide. If you're like me, you won't be talked out of the ones you fancy the most, but at least we'd get to see more of your lovely mug, in the process.
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This isn't the issue at hand, I realize, but take someone honest with you when picking frames. I have found that while sure I know my taste and my limits and what looks good on me, I'm very wrong, and look like positive ass when wearing glasses I've chosen for myself. Do not go alone and do not go with a pollyanna who wants you to feel good about yourself despite the fact that your fave frames make you look institutionalizeable (a word?)

I'm just trying to help, people.
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With frames being somewhat universal now...looking in the Men's section will give you a lot of frames that are somewhat wider, and not necessarily to manish looking.

I got my glasses at Costco. I wear progressive lenses, and I got rimless Titanium frames. The bridge and bows are a pinky/mauve color. I can't believe how lightweight they are, it is like wearing nothing. And...Costco's prices are the bomb. My last pair that I got at Kaiser's Optical were over $400. These were only $189.00.

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I'm sorry, this is SO off topic but please please PLEASE tell me they have carrier bags or something with their name on the side! I would love to walk down the street with that hanging over my arm Postage etc paid if you can get me one!

And yes, it DOES mean something different here, and NO I probably wouldnt walk down the street with it - but I would show all my friends and we would snicker like naughty children

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Heh, Tracey!


And why in the hell wasn't this thread around a couple weeks ago when I chose glasses. I won't have them for another couple weeks, but I already have buyers remorse.

And Mouse, I think those frames look great on you. Especially in the first pic.
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I just got new glasses 2 months ago and had really good luck with Cover Girl frames of all things! They're cute purply-silver cat's eyes, and they fit my big, Charlie Brown head perfectly. The technician didn't even have to adjust them.

I got them at Henry Ford OptimEyes... That might just be a Michigan chain though.
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I get mine from here and have been fairly happy with the ones I have. A few times I bought some that I was not satisfied with and they took them back no problem. There's a place near me that does lenses for a reasonable price so between the two I save a lot of money.


Before I needed glasses I used to fool around with a fashion pair that I absolutely LOVE!! They are not suitable for prescriptions lenses though. I've been dying to find an identical pair but so far I've had no luck whatsoever.


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I sympathize. I have kind of a similar problem. Glasses also rarely fit me right. Always look way too big and geeky on me. I also have an unusual prescription that exagerates the problem if the frames are too big. The dreaded coke bottle lenses look.

To get frames that look good on me I go into the women's section, most frames are fairly gender neutral in style and color. My glasses frames are Covergirl and fit me the best of what I've found so far.

So don't feel afraid to check out the men's frames to get a good fit. Like I said most frames are gender neutral anyway and no one will be able to tell the difference.

On a side note, I also have really small wrists and mens watches generally look huge on me. So I either have to pick out a neutral looking woman's watch or I'm stuck with picking out a Harry Potter or Power Rangers watch from the kid's section.
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Excellent advice, Laura. I have out-of-style glasses anyway, but the recurring problem I've had with big lenses is that they rub against my cheeks thus smudging the lower parts.

I hope me chiming in was OK. While I think you were talking about women's fashion, this has been a particular annoyance to me
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paul, I don't think any thread here is off limits to men. Even ones that begin: "Ladies, I'm having this problem with my uterus, and..." might be helped along by a guy who knows a woman with the same problem. Or a hermaphrodite.

Now remember, ladies--always dress to flatter the widest part of your uterus!
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I edited the post to show you a better photo of the glasses. I was able to find them at my local shop believe it or not! I think they are some cheapy, off brand. I went to a local retailer and not a mega chain.



And you didn't ask for it, but I think a tortoise shell frame would go very well with your skin tone.

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