Looking for a new pair of glasses? The industry is stacked with hundreds, if not thousands, of options to choose from. Different patterns, colors, shapes, and styles. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we get it. More importantly, we’re here to help.
Finding the right frames for your face can be difficult, which is why we’re prepared this guide to help you pair your features with the perfect frames.
A Guide to Getting Started
Many people often overlook shape—not just of the frames they’re picking, but of their own face as well. Knowing your own face shape can help narrow down the style of frames you should be looking at.
Nevertheless, remember that this is simply a guide. If you find a pair of frames that you like, get them. Glasses are another way to show off your personality and creativity.
Looking ahead, you’ll notice that we break down face shapes into a handful of distinct types. Before we get started, it’s important to note that no person is exactly one shape. I mean, when was the last time you saw someone walking around with a perfectly square head? If anything, people are an amalgamation of several shapes. This guide only serves to help you identify which shape you most resemble.
Square faces are pretty clean cut. Angular features, straight lines from top to bottom, and broad foreheads.
For this shape, we recommend narrow frames with rounded features. Your frames should soften your natural angles rather than replicate them.
Born with wide cheekbones and softer, rounded angles? We feel you. Round faces feature fewer angles from cheek to chin.
For you, there are a few options:
- Rectangular frames add some structure to your face for a longer appearance.
- Angular frames add distinct geometry to your face for a sharper appearance.
- Narrow frames, or frames with abstract features like cat-eyes, can help accentuate the right aspects of a round face.
The heart-shaped face features a broad upper face that gradually narrows from the jawline down to the chin.
The trick here is to not add additional weight to the top of your head—so bolder, larger, heavier frames won’t do. Instead, opt for something thinner and rounder.
This shape is often confused for heart-shaped faces. They are similar, but imagine triangle-shaped faces as the inverted version. Instead of broader foreheads that narrow as they go down, triangle-shaped faces feature broader chins and jawlines that narrow or balance as they trend upward.
We love a good cat-eye frame for this shape, or bolder frames that accentuate the brow line.
If you’ve got an ovular face, congratulations—you’ve got one of the most versatile face shapes out there. Your cheekbones sit a little bit wider than your jawline and forehead, allowing a variety of frame types to rest comfortably on your face (and looking great while doing so).
In your case, we’d recommend square or rectangular frames that fit your face. That means nothing oversized or undersized. Look for something that’s as wide as the broadest part of your face.
Your Face, Your Choice
Remember, this is just a guide—a recommendation—not a rule. Ultimately, the best frames for your face are whatever’s most comfortable for you, regardless of shape. Additionally, finding the right frames goes well beyond shape. Once you’ve received your lens prescription, you’ll have to consider frame material, color, and functionality as well. Shape is just the beginning!
Looking for your next pair of lens frames? Gilbert Eyecare is Hampton Roads’ designer eyewear headquarters. Book an appointment today OR call us today 757-622-0200/ 757-425-0200 for help finding the perfect frames for your face.