A Guide To Finding The Most Flattering Eyewear Frames
When it comes to eyewear, shape matters. While color and other features can be tweaked according to taste, there is a best eyeglass frame shape for every face. So while a pair of frames may look great on the display wall, it may be a different story when it’s time to try them on. That’s why becoming familiar with the most flattering eyewear shape for each face is important to making the most becoming frame selection.
Oval faces, those that are widest at the cheekbones and narrower at forehead and chin, are perhaps the easiest faces to frame. While square and rectangular frames are top picks, almost any frame style will flatter. Frames for an oval face should be in proportion to the size of the face, so it’s best to avoid oversized or very small frames.
Round faces are similar in width and length, so a wider, angled frame shape is best for elongating the face. High-cornered frames and those that are square or rectangular can also give the appearance of length.
Like round faces, square faces are comparable in width and length, but the square face has a squared chin and jaw with a wide forehead. In this case, curved rather than angled eyewear frames are most suitable. Round or cat-eye frames are good choices, while square or rectangular frames should be avoided.
The heart-shaped or triangular face is defined by a broad forehead and cheekbones with a narrow chin. Choosing frames for this face shape requires a focus on proportion. While either rounded or squared shapes can be flattering, styles that draw attention downward will bring balance to the face.
Other common face shapes include the diamond and oblong shapes. As with the others, these require a frame that balances the features. Since diamond and oblong faces tend to be longer than they are wide, the trick is to find frames that will add width. This can be best achieved by selecting frames that are smaller than the widest part of the face, or those with heavier detail at the top of the frame.
For every face shape, eyewear frames should be in proportion to the face. For instance, a small, narrow face is best complemented by a smaller frame, while broader faces can carry oversized frames. Whatever the face shape, glasses should provide a contrast in shape, rather than an exact match, meaning, for example, a perfectly round frame is better suited to a square or heart-shaped face, rather than a round face. Looking for balance in every respect is the key to finding the perfect eyewear frames for any face.
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Jessica is an experienced eye care specialist. You can find her thoughts at optometric advice blog.