Choosing Glasses According to Face Shape

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When thinking about purchasing new glasses, you will likely think of two things. The first thing is the style of glasses you might want, and the second thing is the material (or rather, the colour of the material). However, whether your preferred choice in your mind’s eye is cat eye frames, oval frames, or stylish rectangle glasses, what you may not have considered is that some of these decisions may have already been made for you according to your face shape. While this may sound unfair, what you could find is that a style you had not previously considered can help you achieve the look you desire. Let’s find out how it all works…Softer features

Softer facial features include things like a rounded and prominent forehead, a gently tapering jawline, and, typically speaking, we would expect the person to have fairly well balanced proportions (i.e. the face would not be described as ‘long’ or have any particular feature that stands out as being noticeable in comparison to the rest of the face).

Softer facial shapes include: 

While a well proportioned facial shape in this category may indeed have slight definition in the cheekbones / browline / etc., the thing to remember is that none of these features will stand out above the rest. That’s why these facial features suit glasses styles that weigh-in with much needed focal points in terms of a well-defined frame.

Think rectangular and square glasses, or browline frames. Whatever you do, you may wish to avoid rounded glasses that will wash-out your look and add even more soft contours to your face.

Angular features

Angular facial features include things like a prominent browline, a defined jaw bone, a characteristic nose, and a shaped forehead that does not sweep away to the hairline but rather has definite sides and a front. Just having one or two of these strong features can dominate how your face is perceived, meaning you have to work with your natural beauty in order to balance how the glasses will look on your face, rather than add more strict lines to a face that doesn’t need them. 

Examples of angular face types include:

  • Square / rectangle
  • Triangle

In order to work with these face types, you need to think about adding some softer contours that help to smooth out the face. Think round or oval glasses with thinner frames. You could even select rimless frames if you wish to go for the ultimate in lightweight style and comfort. Rimless glasses are a popular choice among people with strong definition in their facial features who also need to wear their glasses all day at work – the lightweight design reduces the stress that can be felt at the pressure points of the nose bridge and temples (which can sometimes be an issue with ill-fitting thicker rimmed styles of glasses). 

Ultimately, you need to try a few glasses to see what works, but the rule of contrasting softer features with defined frames and vice versa can help you get started!

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  1. Dana Rodriguez says

    I so get this. I have to try on several pair before I find something right!

  2. Suzanne Greene says

    I wear glasses and I have never taken any of this into account when picking out glasses. However, the people that work there may know all about these as they always seem to pick something different out for me. Glad I’ve always gone with their picks!

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