Flattering Frames: The Best Style For Your Face Shape

Whether you're shopping for a new pair of everyday glasses or just purchasing a backup pair, choosing a style that complements your face shape and personal style can go a long way in improving your appearance and giving your confidence a boost. Viewing your specs as an accessory rather than a necessary burden is much easier if you select a pair that enhances your natural look.


Oval faces that are longer than they are wide and have only a slightly wider forehead than chin are some of the easiest to accessorize with glasses because they're equally proportioned. Nearly any frame style can complement this face shape, but frames that are very thick or feature oversized lenses can throw off the natural balance of your face. Stick to frames that are as wide as the broadest part of your face.


Round faces are as equally wide as they are long and often have soft features without defined angles, like full cheeks. If your face is on the round side, stay away from round lenses that will further accentuate the wideness of your face. Don't opt for small frames either, as these will just end up looking ill-fitting. Choose frames that have sharper angles to give your face some dimension and structure. Square or cateye lens shapes are good choices.


Like round faces, people with square face shapes have faces that are about equal in length and width. The difference is that square faces tend to have broad jawlines that square off distinctly at the corners. Round or oval lenses can help cut some of the harshness of your jawline and add some softness to your profile if your face is square-shaped. Stay away from rectangular lenses and frames with sharp angles to avoid adding to the boxy look.


If your face is heart-shaped, you have a broad forehead that tapers down to a narrow chin and strong, angled cheekbones. For this face shape, choose styles with minimal frame material, particularly along the top edge. If you choose a thick, bold frame style, you'll end up making the upper part of your face look even wider. Opt for rimless frames or thin, delicate designs in oval or rounded rectangular shapes to help balance out your proportions.

Consult with an optician, such as at Wolcott Optical Service LC, about your choices before you fall in love with a new pair of frames. Your prescription might not be compatible with the lens size and shape in your favorite pair of glasses, so save yourself the heartache and shop within your limits from the start.