How to Choose Frames for your Face Shape
Updated: Mar 8
The most important part of choosing the right spectacle frame is observing your face shape and finding the features you would most like to highlight. You can now find spectacles frames in almost any shape and colour, making it easier to find the perfect pair. Below are a few guidelines for some common face shapes so take a look in the mirror and get familiar with what to look out for when finding your next pair of spectacles.
Frames for Round Faces If you look straight at the mirror and the shape of the head that you see has its length and width in almost equal angles and proportions, then you have a round face. In selecting spectacle frames for round faces, go for styles that will make the face look longer. A perfect choice would be angular yet narrow frames, or rectangular frames with greater breadth than depth. If the frames have well-defined bridges...all the better.
Frames for Square Faces If your jaw, cheekbones and forehead have equal width, with many angular lines and your face has almost equal length and width, then you have a square face. To choose the perfect frames for square faces, the aim is to relax the angles while making the face look longer. Thus, narrow oval frames, frames with greater breadth than depth and generic narrow frame styles are the best choices for square face shapes.
Frames for Oval Faces The evened-out proportions of oval face shapes are exploited best by frames that have greater width than the breadth of the widest segment of the face. Luckily there are several options for oval shaped faces so you can choose to be as bold and adventurous as you like. Try geometric shapes or something quirky and oversized.
Frames for Heart-Shaped Faces Heart shaped faces have a wide top that narrows down to its bottom. Simply put, if you have high cheekbones, a narrow chin and your forehead is the widest part of your head, you have a heart-shaped head.
The best shape to compliment your cheekbones are square shape frames with equal width and depth. Combine that style with a bold colour to balance out it's conservatism.
Frames for Triangle Faces This bit is for you if your face is sort of a heart-shaped face with its base down, i.e. with a narrow face that expands to your jaws. The best fits for triangle faces are frames that help to make your forehead look broader and bolder. You can do this with the right colour or detailing on the upper-third part of the frame. Love-shaped glasses, geometric, circular, or cat-eye glasses will easily make you the cutest face in the room.
Frames for Oblong Faces The ideal oblong-shaped face is simply of greater length than width, probably with straighter cheek lines than other face shapes. To even out the length of the face, use a glass frame with more length than width. Another effective approach is using contrasting colours to balance the face length and width.
Hopefully, this can guide you to pick aright when shopping for glasses frames, so you can bring the best features of your face to light. If you need any help or advice on frame fitting, send us a message and we can assist you in selecting the right frame. You can even send us a selfie and a brief bio and we can recommend the best shapes and styles for your face shape. Include information such as hobbies, lifestyle and your desired look so we can find the perfect frame.
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