Choosing the right frames
If it’s your first time wearing spectacles you might feel a little overwhelmed at the rows of frames when asked to choose a pair you like. More often than not, you will try a few pairs on that look great on the shelf, but not so much when you wear them. If you’re looking for the right frame style you might want to consider the shape of your face. This can play a significant role, as different shaped frames may suit different shaped faces.
It’s important to remember that the performance of your lenses are a critical part of your spectacles and picking the best frames for your face and head will allow you to wear your lenses comfortably and in the correct position.
With that in mind, you will still want to ensure your frames look good and suit you accordingly. So, what are the different face shapes and what frames suit them best?
Frames for oval-shaped faces
Oval faces have the most balanced proportions, with a rounded forehead and chin and high cheekbones. The benefit of having an oval-shaped face is that most frames will suit you, so you can go a little wild when looking in your local optician for your next pair.
To maintain that natural balanced look, frames that are as wide as the widest part of your face are most flattering. Square frames are very popular
Frames for heart-shaped faces
Heart-shaped faces are characterised by a wide forehead, narrowing towards the chin. You can offset the natural wideness of your forehead by choosing frames that are wider, or frames that have an eye-catching detail like cat-eye or clubmaster shapes.
When it comes to colour, lighter colours have often been popular for this face shape.
Frames for round-shaped faces
Round faces are naturally quite short, with curved lines and softer features such as full cheeks, a rounded chin and subtler jawline.
You can choose from a range of angular and rectangular shaped frames to add more definition.
Frames for square-shaped faces
If you have a broad forehead and prominent jaw and the width and length of your face is in proportion, you have a square-shaped face. Opt for frames that soften the shape of your face. This includes narrow styles that still have some subtle angles.
For something a bit different, look for narrow oval frames to complement your face shape perfectly.
Frames for triangle-shaped faces
Triangle-shaped faces often have a narrow forehead, gradually widening down to the jaw. If you have a triangle-shaped face, consider adding width to the upper third of your face by choosing frames that emphasise your eyes.
These styles include cat-eye frames or ones with a strong brow-line and consider frames that have brighter colour or decoration.
Frames for rectangular shaped faces
Rectangular shaped faces are longer than they are wide and your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are all relatively similar in size.
Spectacles that have soft, round lines or frames that are minimal and that do not dominate your face are best. Try circular shapes to create a nice contrast. Rimless horizontal frames will help dial up your strong features.
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