There are so many different glasses frames to choose from that finding the right style for you can be difficult and frustrating. So, when it comes to finding your perfect fit, the most important question is: What is your face shape?
Here, we explore the common face shapes and give you the low-down on the style of glasses frames that will look perfect on you.
Oblong face shape
Oblong faces are sometimes called rectangular. They are long and slender with a straight cheek line and a prominent chin.
- Avoid narrow and rectangular frames as they will make your face appear longer.
- Decorative details and different colours and textures will add some width to your face.
- Frames with more depth, such as a bold square shape, will offset the length of your face.
- To highlight the natural balance of your face, a cat-eye frame with upswept corners will emphasise your cheekbones.
Diamond face shape
Diamond-shaped faces are the rarest face shape. They have a narrow eye line and jaw line with high, dramatic cheekbones.
- Robust detailing will accentuate your eyes and soften the lower portion of your face.
- Small oval frames will soften the angular lines of your face.
- For men, try a rectangular metal frame to contrast your facial features.
- For women, try a cat-eye frame that angles towards the top corner and follows your face’s lines.
- Top-heavy semi-rimless frames will work well to contrast with your cheekbones.
Square face shape
Many different kinds of glasses shape suit square faces. This shape face has a broad, deep forehead, comprehensive jaw line and square chin.
- Avoid thin, angular and square styles as these will draw attention to your chin.
- Soften the edges with an oval frame, adding contrast to your angular features.
- A stylish feminine cat-eye frame will soften your edges and add a bit of flair.
- Complement your face shape with oversized silhouettes like solid round acetate frames.
Heart face shape
This is typically the most versatile of all the face shapes. Heart-shaped faces have a broad forehead and wide cheekbones that narrow down to a small chin. Lots of frames suit heart-shaped faces.
- Choose frames that will provide contrast and balance to your face.
- Try light-coloured or rimless frames for something subtle that softens your features.
- Frames wider at the top than the bottom will add width to the top of your face without exaggerating your cheeks.
- Wear oval-shaped glasses as they won’t overemphasise your cheekbones.
Triangular Face Shape
A base-down triangular face shape has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheeks and chin areas.
- Wide frames are suitable for triangle face shapes, adding width to a narrow forehead.
- Frames heavily accented on the top with detailing and colour will add balance to the lower third of your face.
- Glasses with a broad or bold brow line will draw attention away from your jawline and elongate your forehead.
- Glasses that are darker on top and lighter at the bottom, such as aviators, are ideal for this face shape.
Oval face shape
People with oval faces suit most frame shapes. Oval faces are well balanced and softly rounded, with a forehead slightly wider than the jaw and high cheekbones.
- A cat-eye shape will complement your face’s natural lines and add a vintage twist to your look.
- If you prefer subtle, go for a large, rounded metal frame.
- Details on the arms will further define your face shape.
- Go bold with a funky colour, texture, or frame shape. Try a retro-inspired square or round shape made with thick acetate.
Round face shape
A round face is all about the curves. Round faces are fairly short, with a broad forehead, often full cheeks, and a rounded chin.
- Balance out your features with a strong brow line. Semi-rimless frames are ideal for achieving this.
- Cat-eye glasses can add length to your face.
- Sharper edges create angles and have a flattering effect. Choose styles with bold, angular details and clean lines.
Glasses are a part of your identity, and choosing your frames can be a fun way of showing your unique personality and letting yourself shine.