Man Magnet

I recently attended the Association of Image Consultants annual conference in Vancouver and I always return needing a week to reflect on all that I have learned and experienced.  The one thing I know for sure is that none of us have achieved any level of success in our business without perserverance and hard work.  We have never “arrived” and we are never “finished” becoming all that we can be.  I am especially grateful that I have the opportunity to meet my image consultant colleagues every year and help them choose eyewear to “Be Spectacular” in their businesses.

I was thrilled to be in the company of many magnetic, energetic colleagues for 4 days.  Every year I look forward to seeing the many friends I have made over the years.  One of my colleagues from the U.K. is Sue Donnelly and I am especially eager to see her every year as she wears the most amazing eyeglasses and I get excited to see what she will be wearing.  She is not afraid to stand out from the crowd and embraces her funky style.  Sue writes a fabulous blog at that I highly recommend.

Sue is a testimonial that your eyewear can be sexy and in one of her recent blogs she wrote, “But why the Man Magnet title? Well, the round, old fashioned type that I chose seem to have a peculiar affect on men. Not that I’m complaining, as every time I wear them I get winks, smiles and you know, that LOOK that says I’m a very desirable woman.

Talking to my girlfriends, we decided that my new glasses are the equivalent of the prudish looking secretary that suddenly shakes her hair loose and whips off her glasses to reveal a sexy siren underneath. I’m all for that.”

I guess men do make passes at women in glasses.

When Choosing Eyewear

When choosing eyewear, I often break my own rules when fitting sunglasses so my clients can be whoever they want to be when wearing sunglasses.  Saying that I still want to honour and respect the client’s individual style.

Ow! Rihanna is Feminine and Sexy.  She has big beautiful eyes and a soft rounded, almost heart shaped face.  Choosing sunglasses with a strong horizontal line fights the curve of her brow and the softness of her hair style.

I would fit Rihanna with my Elegant Charmer frame style and recommend to keep the big sunglasses but choose a softer, round shape,  perhaps with some glitz .  Yes, big sunglasses can be sexy but be sure they don’t rest on your cheeks.  We don’t want your glasses moving every time you smile and your smile can be just as sexy as your sunglasses.


Kate has picked the perfect shape of sunglass.  Her oval face shape allows her the flexibility to choose many eyeglass shapes.  Her selection of sunglasses is classic and stylish and she has honoured her soft features and her Subtle Sophisticate frame style.

Power of Eyewear

There has been much talk about Sarah Palin’s eyewear or really – ‘lack of eyewear’ when she wears the rimless style frame. This particular style is a fabulous match for the romantic, feminine side of her personality and would be perfect to wear to a black tie event. Simply wearing eyeglasses will give others the perception of intelligence; however, for the vice presidential debate she needs to create a stronger, more serious, take charge image.

There is no question she is an attractive women and with her balanced face shape she can wear many eyeglass frame shapes and look good. I would categorize Sarah’s rimless eyeglass frames as my Elegant Charmer™ Frame Style. The Elegant Charmer™ style reflects the softer, romantic image. For Sarah’s business image I would recommend she move to the Subtle Sophisticate™ Frame Style to reflect a distinguished, dignified look.

The eyes are key to building trust with others and I would honour and accentuate Sarah’s big eyes by keeping the frame rounded on the top. To create strength I would fit a frame in a thicker metal material with a sharp edge or strong top bar.