Ah, glasses. A timeless fashion statement and super-necessary visual aid … but not necessarily an easy thing with which to coordinate your ‘do.

Now, guys have it a lot easier than girls do when it comes to glasses. They almost always wear their hair short, while flowing gal hair can compete with the chunkiness of this visual accessory. If you’re a lady who likes the glasses but wants to ensure the right look, here’s a brief primer on rocking specs with longer hair.

The Side-Swept Bangs

Bangs are adorable, but a straight fringe that competes with the top rim of your glasses is not a good look. If you’re going to do bangs, ask your stylist to cut them to about the top of your eyebrows, then sweep them to the side and trim for a peicey effect.

The Short Bob

Short bobs work great with glasses, especially if you’re going for that retro serious businesswoman look. These days, it’s better to steer clear of the blunt, straight bob and instead opt for something with some flow.

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The Curly Bob

Got naturally curly hair? You’re in luck. Tight curls look great in bobs, and the whole effect frames spectacles beautifully. Just be sure to ask your stylist to cut curls into distinct locks, or else the effect is lost in a blunt halo.

The Long-No-Bangs

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Wearing your hair long without bangs is perhaps the easiest way to complement glasses, as they become the main statement on your face and the hair provides a simple background. If you have thick enough hair to rock this, go for it.

Get the Cut!

Of course, whether or not these styles work for you will still depend on a number of other factors, including your face shape, the thickness of your hair, its texture and curl, and your personal style. Use the fact that they work well with glasses as your starting point, then winnow them down with the help of your stylist before settling on the right one for you.

On a final note, make sure to take your glasses with you to your appointment. That way your stylist can see them on beforehand, and you can try them on after to ensure the cut works and make final adjustments as necessary.


Header photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash.