If you read advice on which frames are right for you, but you’re still umming and ahhing over which ones to pick, your prayers are answered!
Here’s how to break the rules and make any frame style work for you, no matter what your face shape is!
For years you’ve been told that finding the perfect pair of glasses is a matter of matching it to your face shape. You’ve probably even heard it from your optician as well – “You’ve got a round face, so you should go for a pair of square frames.” While this advice is meant to be nothing but helpful, it can be rather limiting.
And while your features do help when it comes to picking the right frames, your face geometry on its own isn’t everything when it comes down to choosing the best eyewear!
There are other factors, aside from the shape of your face, that define you. Your attitude, personal preference, passions, fashion style, personality and what you feel comfortable wearing should weigh in your decision between round, oval, cat eye or rectangular frames.
Here’s what you can find in our guide:
- Part 1: Choosing glasses based on your face shape
- Part 2: Choosing glasses based on frame shape and size
- Part 3: Choosing glasses based on hair and eye color
- Part 4: Choosing glasses based on your personality and lifestyle
- Part 5: Conclusion: The Golden Rules
Choosing glasses based on your face shape:
Debunking the classic face shape advice
The general consensus is that the perfect glasses should come in a shape that balances your features. For example, if you’ve got a round face, you need to wear a stronger looking frame, such as thick rimmed rectangular glasses, and avoid rounded frames at all costs, which accentuate the roundness of your face.
What if you’re really comfortable with your shape or simply love a hippie circular frame style? Should you never wear them just because the classic advice says so, and just stick to the frames your eyewear provider recommends?
Of course not! Here’s how to break the rules and make almost every frame work for you.
Generally speaking, people with rounder faces are told to opt for rectangular, wayfarer or square shaped glasses. Usually, these frames are wider than the face, which in turn adds more of a balance to the circular features. It’s believed that such glasses will enhance your face and even make it appear longer and slimmer.
Avoid round frames and frames that are rimless. They will only highlight the roundness of your face, making it appear even bigger than it is.
Instead of dismissing the idea of wearing all round frames, avoid frames that are really small. Wear larger shaped frames that do not get lost on your face.
No matter what the shape is, bigger frames work better for round faces. To make your glasses stand out even more, choose a pair of plain colored thick rimmed glasses that make a statement.
Those with square faces are often told that they need to soften their features, which can be done by wearing glasses that sit high up on the bridge of their noses. Eyewear specialists often tell their customers with square faces to choose either round or oval shaped glasses to balance the face and make it look slimmer.
Because of their angular face, square faced people are advised to avoid boxy shaped glasses, as these will only draw more attention to their angular features.
You’ve got a square face, so what? It doesn’t mean you should be shying away from all angular frames just yet! There’s no reason why you can’t wear square shaped glasses. In fact, they can look great on any face shape.
Square shaped glasses come in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials, which is why it’s possible to find a pair that will suit you. Look for thinner metal frames that blend in easily, in simple colors such as bronze, silver and gold to soften your features.
If you’re worried about them making your face appear even squarer, choose a pair that has decorated temples, which will draw the eye elsewhere, or go for curved corners for a more oval aesthetic.
Think about what your style is! What do you like? Are you somebody who’s slightly alternative, or do you prefer to be taken more seriously? If you’re going for more of an old-school classic look, you might want to give round frames a try, but if you’re looking for an edgier trendier look, try a thicker frame for a geek chic look.
Oval shaped faces seem to be the luckiest, as they can rock any style!
If you want to follow the classic eyewear advice, opt for geometric shaped eyewear frames that have a strong bridge. Oval faced people are told to avoid oversized glasses, as this will take away from the face’s natural symmetry.
Anyone can pull off oversized glasses if they’ve got the confidence and the right attitude. Look for oversized glasses with a more angular edge.
Cat-eye shaped glasses are also perfect for oval faces. This vintage inspired frame tends to highlight a person’s eyes and give the face an instant lift.
Another option for both men and women is a pair of oversized glasses frames made of a thinner or translucent acetate that adds more of a balance.
Those with diamond shaped faces usually have a narrower forehead and chin, which is why eyewear fashion advisers often recommend embracing oval frames or frames that sweep upwards to accentuate the cheekbones – a pair of cat eye glasses does this job.
Avoid boxy shaped frames that add to the width of the face, and instead look for eyeglasses that will add more of a balance and proportion to the face.
If you want to wear a cool pair of square glasses, go for it! If your hair is longer, avoid wearing your hair tied up, and instead let it hang down naturally. Short bobs or lobs look great with narrow shaped faces and boxy eyeglasses.
If you don’t want to draw attention to your face, opt for thinner frames. A good choice would be a pair of half transparent frames that are made up of two types of acetate: darker on the top and transparent on the bottom. Thinner frames soften the face and draw the eye to any hard features on the face.
The heart shaped face is the most common. Eyewear specialists will be quick to tell you that you need to purchase eyewear frames that will balance your wider forehead and narrower chin. Frames with low-set temples or ones that have heavier bottom frames are perfect.
Round or slightly curved edged glasses will draw the eyes away from a high forehead.
The general rule of thumb states that heart shaped faces need to steer clear of any style that is going to draw more attention to the broader forehead. This is why it’s recommended to avoid any glasses with embellished tops or decorative temples.
You can still go for decorated glasses, so try fun patterns and experiment a little bit, but don’t wear too much color.
Start by trying a different bright colored frame in a solid plain color.
Avoid any other accessories that will make your face look too busy!
A pair of oversized aviators in a basic color makes for a good choice – these glasses are modern and classic at the same time, and their rounded features will not add any more emphasis to your face. Thicker square eyeglasses frames are also possible as they will draw attention to your eyes and not to your face’s shape.
Go for it – wear the glasses you really want!
The best way to go about choosing the right pair of frames for you is to first decide which style you prefer – forget about all the do’s and don’ts of eyewear, you can rock any pair you want!
Each style has different variants, so it’s a matter of trying on the style you like and checking out different models. For example, if you really love cat-eye glasses, but you’re afraid of how you’ll look with them on, try on different variants, smaller or larger. Some cat-eye shaped glasses are rounder, whereas others have more of an oblong shape.
Choose a pair that will not only balance your features, but also complement your personal style, a pair that you’re going to feel comfortable and, more importantly, confident wearing.