So it’s finally time for new glasses! Great news! Except for the fact that you’re still doubting what size of glasses is the right one for you. No need to worry, as this is one of the most common questions we get at Vint & York – and we’d love to help you with it in this guide.
Whether you’re looking to purchase your first pair of frames or you’re already wearing eyeglasses for quite some time, this guide is here to help you choose the correct frame for your face. We’ll show you how to measure your face for glasses frames and what each size means, so you can shop easily.
Before looking at styles like cat-eye or aviators, you need to first know what size you need. Luckily, every pair of eyeglasses frames has a series of tiny numbers printed on the inside of the glasses’ temples, though some may be displayed on the earpiece or the bridge of your nose.
On Vint & York’s glasses, measurements can be found printed on the inside of the temple arm – and you can also find them on the product pages.
These numbers show you the size of your glasses: the lens width, the bridge width, and the length of the frame arms, all measured in millimeters.
When you look for glasses online you’ll see that the frame size is typically noted with these 3 numbers as lens width – bridge width – frame arm length. At Vint & York frame measurements you will find for example 45-15-130.
The lens diameter is the width of the lens measured from the bridge. The size of your lenses can be a matter of personal choice, but it’s also determined by your frame style and prescription.
The bridge width is the gap above your nose between the lenses. This must be comfortable because if it’s too tight the glasses could pinch your nose, and if it’s too loose the glasses won’t be stable on your face.
And last but not least, the length of your frame should be long enough to sit comfortably over your ears.
These are the key measurements that describe the structural measurements of the frames in eyeglasses and help the optician choose the best-fitted frame for your head size and facial features. The next thing is finding out what will be the measurements that you need – you can do this by either measuring a pair you already have or starting from scratch and measuring your face – we’ll take you through both methods in the next sections:
A simple way to find out what eyeglasses size you need is to look at other pairs of frames you already own – even sunglasses. If you feel they fit your face well and are comfortable, just use those measurements, and based on those, see in what category they fit – whether small, medium, or wide.
If you do not see a clear series of measurements along with the inside temple, you can measure your current pair by yourself, following these steps:
TIP: To feel perfectly comfortable and not feel your glasses tighten, there should be a gap between the arm of the glasses and your temple, but only a very small gap.
If you have had problems with temples being too short, look for frames with a length of 145-150mm. Acetate temples can be adjusted to get the best fit but it is important to have enough length so the temple sits horizontally and does not tip up over the ear.
So, if you already have a pair that you like, you can compare measurements to see how a certain frame of ours will fit you.
If you don’t think your glasses are the right size, and you want to make a more professional measurement go to the next section on how to measure your face for glasses.
If you’re not quite sure what size your face is, don’t worry. The process of measuring your face is easier than it seems.
Here are the 4 steps to look for to measure your face for glasses frames:
Once you have your face width, next you need to compare it with the total frame size, which is summed up by adding the lens width x 2 + bridge width.
The total width of your glasses (both lens frames + bridge) should correspond as closely as possible to your temple-to-temple measurement.
For example, if your temple-to-temple width is 132 millimeters, then you should look for a pair of glasses with a width in the 130–134 millimeters range.
As a general guideline, here are some starting points for your face width:
After you have all these measurements it will be easier to find glasses by size and look for pairs in your category. At Vint & York, the glasses size range is divided into 3 categories: narrow, medium, and wide.
Bear in mind that the temples should be adjusted to fit around your ears. If you have a problem with glasses sliding down your nose, you need to have the temples bent to keep them in place.
Of course, these measurements can also bring some insight into discovering your face shape. By knowing everything about your face, you’ll be able to find the perfect glasses style for your face shape that compliments your appearance and adds more personality to your look.
While searching for the correct glasses size, make sure you also select the right size according to your pupillary distance and temple width.
In case you don’t know your PD, we will use an average PD, or you can head on to our guide on how to measure your PD online which describes how to measure your PD using a simple credit card. We can also measure your PD at the end of the checkout with a special app.
One of the important things in finding the perfect pair of glasses is to measure your nose bridge – the part of the frame that sits just above (or on) your nose. A too-tight bridge will pinch at the nose and cause the frame to sit too high, while a too-large bridge will keep your glasses sliding down your face all day long.
The bridge measurement is the distance between the inside of one lens to the other. To measure it look in the mirror to see where your nose bridge starts and how wide or narrow your nose is. If your eyes are close together, then your nose tends to be narrow, and if your eyes are further apart, then your nose tends to be wide.
TIP: One helpful trick is to take a selfie of your side profile.
If your bridge is below or at the level of your pupils, it’s safe to say that you have a low bridge size and you should look for bridges in the 16–18 millimeters range.
On the other hand, if your bridge is above your pupils or it is wider than average, your bridge size will be larger and you should look for a bridge in the 19–21 millimeters range.
Here are some helpful tips on how to know if your glasses are the right size for you:
Searching for a pair of glasses that’s not too loose and not too tight?
We at Vint & York created a beautiful range of glasses frames that accommodate all face widths, no matter if it’s narrow, medium, or wide. Our goal is to help you find the right-fitting pair that doesn’t slide off your face or detract from your personal style.
At Vint & York, the perfect fit is just a virtual try-on away. You can check out how you look with our Virtual try-on app, no matter what kind of glasses you need we’ll help you make your decision.
We offer free returns and a one-year limited frame warranty, so there’s no risk whatsoever if the glasses you buy don’t feel right.