Frames That Fit Your Face
When shopping for new eyeglass frames, looking sharp can be just as important as sharp vision. But you might not know that finding the perfect frames depends primarily on the shape of your face. Knowing what styles best suite your features before you walk through the door can save you a lot of time in the optical shop.
Here are a couple of tips to consider when shopping for frames:
- Eyewear should repeat your best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
- The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
- The frame size should be in scale with your face size.
Oval faces are considered to be the ideal shape because of their balanced proportions. Look for frames that are at least as wide as the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow to maintain the oval shape’s natural balance.
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye and jawlines and have broad cheekbones. Try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes..
Round faces have no angles and curved lines with the width and length in equal proportions. A round face will appear thinner and longer with angular, narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.
Square faces have a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, with the width and length being proportionally equal. Make a square face look longer and soften the angles with narrower frames that have narrow ovals are wider than they are deep.
Oblong faces are longer than they are wide and have a long straight cheek line and a longer nose. An oblong face will appear shorter and more balanced with frames that are deeper than they are wide, decorative or have contrasting temples that add width to the face, or have a low bridge to shorten the nose.
Base-down triangular faces have a narrow forehead and widen at the cheek and chin areas. Add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face with frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half.
Base-up triangular faces have a very wide top third and small bottom third. You can minimize the width of the top of the face with frames that are wide at the bottom, and very light in color and material. You might also try rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because there is no surrounding frame material).
If you have difficulty determining which frames are the right fit for you, our Nationwide opticians would be happy to assist you using the above guidelines.