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How to Choose Among Full Rim, Half Rim and Rimless Glasses?

I am Harsh, a laboratory technician and eyewear expert with more than 23 years of experience in the eyeglasses industry.

Full-Rim vs Semi-Rim vs Rimless Glasses: Which is Right for you?


If you wear glasses, then the terms full-rim or semi-rimmed glasses won’t sound like an alien language to you. The glasses we wear are available in 3 frame options: full frame, half frame and rimless.

People often lens towards a specific option they find the most attractive. But, these frames differ in terms of weight, comfort and more. If you’re about to buy a pair of glasses, then you need to know all about the frame you’re going to get and what benefits it will give to you.

We will learn about these 3 frame types in great detail in this blog and evaluate their pros and cons and put them against each other.

How to choose between full-rim, half-rim and rimless frames?

When you buy glasses online, you see beautiful frames on models. We judge the frame based on how they look on them and don’t give much thought to what is the best option for you.

We will dig deep into these options so you find the right one for yourself.

Full-rim glasses

Full rim glasses, also known as full-frame glasses have a frame surrounding the entire lens. This style is the oldest out of all and most of the vintage glasses had a full-bodied look.

But, there’s something about these glasses that they appeal to almost everyone. The features of full-rim glasses are:

Fashionable: The prominent look of these glasses is extremely trendy and fashionable. Those who want glasses to make a strong fashion statement will benefit from full frames. From thin metal rims to chunky acetate, these specs are available in a number of frame materials.

Durable: Since the lenses are held firmly by a frame on all sides, these glasses are generally more durable and sturdy. Titanium and metal frames last longer than other frame materials. Even when your glasses fall down or hit the ground, they will have lower chances of breaking or getting damaged.

They change your look: Glasses are able to alter your look like nothing else. The chunkier the frame is, the more distinct you will look. Thus, most people who want to get a break from their regular look opt for full-frame glasses.

The full-bodied look of these glasses makes them a little heavier than other options such as rimless glasses. But, if you have a thin wireframe, then you won’t have any issue with the weight of your glasses.

Half-rim glasses

As the name suggests, these glasses only have half a frame. The lenses are either covered by a frame from the top or bottom. Here are the pros of semi-rimmed glasses.

Lightweight: Half-rim glasses are more lightweight and thus comfortable than full-rim glasses due to the absence of half a frame. Thus, if you are looking for something that you can wear for long hours, then this option is the way to go.

Fashionable: Half-rim glasses also known as browline glasses are extremely trendy. Emphasising the top half of the glasses, they bring attention to your beautiful eyes. If you want to go a little extra, then choose glasses with bold or funky top rims.

Perfect for office: At the office, you try to look your most polished self. Half-rim glasses have a sophisticated and mature look that’s perfect to sport at your workplace. It’s not that full-rim glasses don’t look professional but they might look funky especially if they have a chunky silhouette.

Versatility: Half-rim glasses are versatile in the sense that they are perfect for both professional and casual events. From your work attire to basic casual outfits, they look good with just about everything.

Rimless glasses

Rimless glasses don’t have a frame at all and the lenses are attached with a nose bridge and temple arms. But, this doesn’t mean that rimless glasses don’t look good or they are only for old people.

Many youngsters who are into minimal fashion wear these glasses. And there is such a wide variety in frame styles in rimless glasses for men and women that finding the right frame becomes so much easier.

Here are the benefits of wearing rimless glasses:

Lightweight: Rimless glasses are the most lightweight of them all. Thus, they offer comfort even when you wear glasses for hours. They are so light that you won’t feel like you’re wearing something on your face.

They are minimal: Those who like simple and subtle accessories should lean towards rimless eyewear. The frameless glasses don’t have anything too eye-catching about them and almost seem invisible on your face.

Unobtrusive: The frames across the sides of the lenses block your field of view and don’t let you have a complete view of your surroundings. But, since there’s no frame in rimless glasses, you’ll get the best and most enhanced vision possible.

After going through this blog, we hope you now have a better understanding of these 3 frames options and what they can or cannot do for you. Fashion is important, but if you’re going to wear your glasses for prolonged hours, then you shouldn’t undermine comfort too.

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