Glasses Shapes for Face Types

Everyone's face has a slightly different shape, but in general face shapes fall into four main categories. Depending on your face shape, certain glasses shapes will look better than others. We've come up with this handy infographic to help you decide:

 

Finding glasses to suit your face is a must, as your frames play a big role in your overall look. Different glasses shapes highlight or downplay certain features. When searching for a new pair of spectacles, the vast array of choices can be overwhelming. Therefore, we've created a handy guide for determining the best glasses for your face shape. 

While everyone has unique attributes and most people will never fit one standard, there are several basic face shapes. They are most commonly divided into the following categories: Round, Square, Oval, Heart. 

Eyeglasses for Round Faces: Softer feats and circular shape characterize a round face. The length and width of the face are about equal. The jawline tends to be rounded. Structured, square or rectangular frames will create the illusion of angles. Slightly upswept corners work too as they will narrow the face a bit. 

Eyeglasses for Square Faces: If you have a square face your features are angular and strong. Your forehead, jaw and cheekbones are approximately the same width and you jawline is harp and well-defined. Go for frames that are wider than you cheekbones for balance. Round and oval frames will soften your face. Don't be afraid to rock the cat eye frames either. 

Eyeglasses for Oval Faces: Oval faces are defined by balanced features. The length of the face is about one and a half times the width. The chin is slightly narrower than the hairline. The oval is the most versatile shape in this face shape guide. While you're lucky enough to be able to get away with eyeglasses, maintain balance with upswept, square and rectangle shapes. Oversized styles will also complement your features. 

Eyeglasses for Heart Shaped Faces: In a heart shaped face, the checks are slightly wider than the forehead and the forehead is significantly wider than the jawline. The chin is sometimes pointed. Wayfarer, oval and round shapes can help bring the widths into harmony. Rimless styles also look stunning. 

 

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Morgan Nahanee
Morgan Nahanee

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Morgan is The Spectacle Shoppe’s Lead Technician and Customer Relations Specialist as well as a Principle of Spectacle Shoppe. She is a licensed contact lens fitter and dispensing optician and has been working for The Spectacle Shoppe since 2006. She graduated from Douglas College’s two year Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Fitting Program in 2008. From contact lens fitting to eyeglass repairs and adjustments Morgan is eager to help you with any optical needs. Connect with Morgan Nahanee on Google+