Whether you are purchasing glasses for the first time or simply wish to purchase a spare or new pair of spectacles, it is important that you carefully consider your options. When it comes to glasses, simply choosing the most or least expensive pair or a pair from your favourite designer isn’t always the best option. Not only should the glasses help you to see better, but they should look good too! Choosing the right glasses for your face shape is important. Everyone’s face is different and the shape of your face will determine the style of glasses that suit you. Whatever your face shape, there is a style of glasses to suit you.
Oval is probably the most common face shape and is characterised by a rounded chin and forehead, with the face appearing longer than it is wide. Those with “oval” shaped faces are fortunate in that most styles of glasses will suit them – only hair colour or complexion will deter you from picking one style of glasses over another. However, frames that are at least as wide if not wider than the broadest part of your face tend to look best.
If you have a “rectangular” face shape, you will have a long face, square chin, strong jaw line and long nose. Large, square frames are best suited to rectangle face shapes. They will help to make the face appear more balanced and in proportion by appearing to shorten the length of the face. If you have a long nose, choose a set of frames with a low nose bridge to make it appear shorter.
A triangular face shape is characterized by a broad forehead with the face then narrowing down to a rounded chin. Those with “triangle” face shapes should choose light coloured or rimless frames or frames which are wider at the bottom to minimise the look of the width of the top of the face and bring it more into proportion.
If you have a “round” face shape, you will have full cheeks and a distinctly rounded chin. Narrow rectangular frames will help to lengthen the appearance of your face. Choose frames with a clear bridge to put focus on the eyes and nose and provide a better balance to your face shape.
A square face shape is quite distinctive. You will most likely have a strong jawline and broad forehead with the width and length of your face equal in measure. To soften the strong jaw line and lengthen the look of the face, choose narrow oval or round frames. Do not be tempted to go for square frames as these will cause the face to be unproportioned.
Not everyone falls under the “traditional” face shape categories. The “diamond” face shape is quite rare and is characterised by a narrow forehead, chin and wide set cheekbones. Diamond shaped faces tend to be narrow at the eye line so it is important to choose a set of frames which will draw attention to the eyes. Glasses with decorative detail or even dramatic, oversized frames are the best choice for “diamond” shaped faces.
Keeping these tips in mind when you go to purchase your next pair of glasses will give you an idea of what type to buy that will compliment your facial features and shape.