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thinking-womanPatients are always asking us which type of glasses shape works best for their face shape. In this week’s blog I’ve provided a few helpful hints the next time you are looking for that perfect frame!

When it comes to finding the perfect fitting glasses, a lot depends on your individual face shape. Different frame styles can either play up or play down your unique facial contours, so learning what works best for you is key.


Best Glasses Shape for Round Face

A round face is defined by a soft, circular shape where the width and length are almost equal.

Your face shape is almost as wide as it is long. Similar to an oval but shorter, often with a rounded jawline.

Fun fact! Those with round faces often appear younger than they are!

Choose frames that have bold, angular lines. Ensure the bottom of the frame

hits just above your cheekbones.

A rounded face is curvy and lacks the angles of other face shapes. Angular and geometric glasses frames add some sharper, more distinct lines to your face in order to create a balance.

A rectangular style frame is great for round face shapes. The equal width and length of a rounded face can cause it to appear smaller than it actually is. A rectangular frame breaks up the face structure, making it appear longer and thinner.

If you have great curvy cheeks, then you should try to draw attention to them and place the focus on your eyes at the same time. A frame that sweeps upward at the temples is perfect for creating this effect.

When it comes to glasses frames, the rounder your face is, the more angular your glasses should be.


Best Glasses Shape for Square Face

Your hairline is of approximately the same width as the jawline. Your face shape appears strong and angular.

Fun fact! Your most distinguishing feature is a prominent jawline. Many actors and models have a square face shape, because angular bone structure looks great in photos and on film.

Choose rounder frames to soften angular features, making sure the width is

slightly wider than your cheekbones.

A square face shape is angular with a strong horizontal jaw line, square chin and broad forehead. The width and the length of the face are proportional. The purpose of glasses is to soften the sharpness, balance the angles and make your face appear a little longer. Glasses with oval and round frames are perfect for that.

If you believe that you have a face shape that is too square, then you should try to divert people’s attention away from the shape of your face. Wearing glasses that add a pop of color is a great way to do that.


Best Glasses Shape for Oval Face (Oblong)

An oval face is defined by balanced features and a chin slightly narrower than the forehead.

The length of your face equals one and a half times the width.

Fun fact! An oval face is often referred to as the ideal face type because of balanced proportions

Choose a bold shape that compliments your style.

Stand out by playing with color and texture.

Typically, the most popular frame for oval faces is geometric shapes like squares or rectangles. They bring out the natural balance of your face and highlight your best features. Also be sure to look for a pair that is wider around your eyes.

Avoid frames that are too large for your face and cover up more than half of it.


Best Glasses Shape for Heart Shaped Face

A heart-shaped face is defined by a broader forehead and narrower jawline and chin, like an upside down triangle.

Fun Fact! A heart face shape can be either long or round, but it begins with a wide forehead and gradually narrows down to a pointed chin often giving a sweet and cheerful look.

Ensure the width of the frame is slightly wider than your forehead for balance.

Choose frames with detailing on the lower portion.

Since your face is narrower at the bottom, you should try to add width to your chin. A bottom-heavy frame makes the lower part of your face appear wider and gives a more balanced appearance overall.

If your chin is pointed, then an oval-shaped frame can take the attention away from it by drawing more focus up toward your eyes. The oval shape de-emphasizes the lower portion of your face.

If you are self-conscious about your heart shaped face, minimize the impact of your glasses with a light, barely-there frame style.


Contrast —your frame shape should contrast the shape of your face, so if you have rounder features, you want more angular glasses, and if you have more angular features you want to soften them with more curved shapes.

Proportion — generally, you want your frames to be in proportion with the rest of your face.

Color — choose colors that compliment your features. Black is always good for highlighting and outlining your eyes. Glasses that contrast the tone of your face and hair will stand out more, but it’s up to you how much of a statement you want your glasses to make.

A glasses shape guide comparing face shape to frame shapes.

Take a look at our eyeglasses brands to see what we offer. Stop in to try some one.

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