Shopping for glasses that suit your face shape can be a challenge, especially when you need to become more familiar with the shape your face most resembles. There are many different styles of glasses and frames, from aviator optical glasses to round-side sunglasses with side shields and everything in between. It can all seem overwhelming at first. However, discovering the right style for you will be a lot easier once you have a clearer understanding of your face shape and the type of glasses that suits it best.
Whether worn for optical or fashion reasons, glasses can hone in on your features and effortlessly complement them. In this article, we will discuss which glasses best suit different face shapes – but first, let’s discover what face shape you have!
How to discover your face shape
Discovering your face shape doesn’t have to be complicated; you just have to know what to look for. There are several common face shapes, and these are; rounded, rectangular, heart-shaped, squared and oval. However, almost no one’s face perfectly depicts these shapes, but we use them as a baseline. You also might have a combination of several features, and those are the people that do usually suit multiple frame styles.
Let’s get into it!
Firstly, you’re going to need either a mirror or you can take a forward-facing selfie on your phone (try not to pose too much!) and make sure your hair is pulled away from your face. Start by assessing your features such as; analysing the shape of your forehead. Is it wide, short or squared? Then work your way down your face, looking at your cheekbones, jawline and chin and ask yourself – what shape are your prominent features leaning more toward?
Below we will discuss each face shape and the glasses that best suit them; when reading this through, consider if your facial features fit into the descriptions.
Heart Face Shape
Heart-shaped faces are usually slightly wider at the forehead with fuller cheeks, making this face shape more top-heavy. It’ll then gradually get narrower as you move down to the jawline and end with a small pointed chin – does this look like you?
Heart-shaped faces work well with brow-line or rounded glasses, as the curves proportionate your face, creating a more even heart shape. They work to complement your features and soften those fuller cheeks whilst sitting effortlessly on your face.
Square Face Shape
Square-shaped faces have a lot of sharp features. If you have a square-shaped look, your forehead, jawline and cheekbones will likely be the same width with little to no curves. Your cheekbones will be relatively high and bold, whilst your jawline is a prominent feature on your face – does this sound like you?
Oval and round frames are perfect for people with square faces. The curves in these frames help to harmonise your features whilst softening square jawlines and high cheekbones. If you have more of a square-shaped face, sporting thinner frames will avoid adding, making your features even bolder.
Triangular Face Shape
Triangular face shapes are depicted as having longer faces than others with sharp and defined features. The forehead and temple area are pretty narrow, and the cheekbones aren’t as prominent as someone with a heart-shaped face. You’ll also notice that someone with a triangular face will have a wide jawline – does this sound like you?
Those with a triangular face best suit round or oval-shaped glasses. These shapes work to create a balanced appearance that brings all your features together effortlessly as one.
Oval Face Shape
Oval-shaped faces resemble a combination of soft and angular lines, a narrow forehead, fuller cheeks down into a more narrow chin, and a curved jawline. Those with an oval face tend to have a slightly longer shaped face whilst maintaining that curved look – does this sound like you?
As an eyewear agency, we recommend that those with oval-shaped faces best suit rectangular frames. However, as you have a combination of angular lines, this means that most glasses will suit you – so why not get a little adventurous?
Round Face Shape
Round-shaped faces are often the easiest to identify. The forehead is usually narrow, then moving down towards the chin, the temple area becomes wider, then into the cheek area, which is a little wider than the temple area. The face then starts to get slightly narrower whilst the jawline remains curved – does this sound like you?
We often recommend rectangle or square glasses as they add depth and complement your soft and curved features. As well as the shape, we recommend that you stay away from bold colours as the glasses can create a block-like feature on your face and overpower your natural features – which we don’t want to do! Consider trying metal or Perspex frames.
Finding the right glasses that suit your face shape should now be more straightforward! Consider our recommendations and consider the styles that suit your shape. However, even though there is a style best suited to your face, we never expect you to sway away from the rest! Try as many types as possible and decide the perfect style for you.