Shopping online for glasses provides you with a ton of frame options, but sometimes it’s difficult to find which styles look best on you. Rather than taking a chance on a frame that you hope you’ll enjoy, why not base your frame selection on your face shape? This will leave you feeling comfortable in your new glasses and happy with your decision to shop online.
In addition to helping your vision, eyeglasses also help frame your entire face, which is a key component in your overall look. In order to discover which style looks best on you, one must first understand their face shape. Out of these six face shapes, which one best describes you?
Do you have an oval face shape? If the answer is yes, then you’re in the clear. The length of your face is one and a half times the width of your face, thus creating an enviable oval shape. Those with an oval face shape can pull off just about any frame style – this includes frames for prescription sunglasses. Whether you’re interested in bigger wayfarer frames or even a bold cat eye look, you’re most likely good to go!
Iconic Faces: Beyonce, Jude Law
People with square face shapes have hairlines that are approximately the same width as their jawlines. If you were looking for flattering glasses on your square face, one good tip would be to search for a frame that is slightly rounded. A round frame will balance out your angular features with a fashionable and modern look. A square frame on a square face may not provide the proper balance you’ll want to bring out your best features.
Iconic Faces: Ryan Seacrest, Olivia Wilde
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Those with heart face shapes have faces that are their widest at the forehead and taper down into a narrower, sometimes sharp looking chin. Rectangle or oval shaped frames will help complement a heart shaped face. Frames with thicker bottom halves do an excellent job enhancing heart face shapes because they help balance out the narrower lower half of the face.
Iconic Faces: Reese Witherspoon, Masi Oka
Though similar to oval face shapes, the long face shape gets its namesake from having more length but less width than a traditionally oval face. The best way to bring out long face shaped features is to shorten the length of the face. A pair of thick rectangle frames always works best to take attention away from the length of the face. When it comes to long faces, frames with depth over width are always the way to go.
Iconic Faces: Sarah Jessica Parker, Adam Levine
A diamond face shape is the widest at the cheekbones and is narrow across the hairline and jawline, thus creating an overall diamond-like shape. Diamond face shapes are very rare and unique. The best way to accentuate a diamond face is show off your impressive cheekbones with a bold style. One way to draw attention to your eyes is with top-heavy frames. Semi-rimless frames also look great on diamond shaped faces, and a thicker top half of the frame will draw the focus to the top portion of your face.
Iconic Faces: Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Gosling
Round face shapes are a shorter version of oval faces. They are nearly as wide as they are long, and typically, those with round face shapes have rounded jawlines. Styles that can minimize the roundness of your face are the best styles for this shape. Therefore, avoid oval or round frames and look for frames with more of an angular design. Straight lines on frames help soften the look of round faces.
Iconic Faces: Hayden Panettiere, Gerard Butler
Although we do recommend flattering your look with a pair of glasses that best suits you, don’t force yourself to choose a pair of glasses you truly don’t enjoy or feel comfortable wearing. If you have a square face, but want to sport square frames, go for it! There’s no shame in rocking what you feel the most confident wearing on your face. Glasses are a great way to express your style and personality in a way only you know is best. Try our ExactFit™ Virtual Try-On Tool, print an exact size image of a frame on our website, and choose which one looks best. Don’t be afraid to ask for opinions from your peers, but at the end of the day, you should always select the frame that makes you comfortable, confident, and happy.