Finding the right pair of glasses is never as easy as it sounds. With so many seemingly identical options to comb through, how can you be sure you’re choosing the best frames for you? Luckily, you already have the answer. It’s your face.
Use the distinct qualities of your face shape to guide you to your next pair of signature eyewear. The key to finding the right style is all about striking a balance that complements your features and highlights your personality—the eyes are the windows to the soul, after all.
Here we outline the important shapes to look for and the best frames to match. There’s not just one perfect style for each face shape, so just remember, it’s always a good idea to do a virtual try on at a one-stop prescription eyewear specialist, like Coastal (or Clearly in Canada), before you buy.
The sharp jawlines and high cheekbones of diamond and A-triangle face shapes pair well with opposite angles. Go with a winged cat-eye to create a counterbalance at the top of the face, or try brow-line details to emphasize the eyes. Highlight these interesting frames with bold details like a thick tortoiseshell or an unexpected color.
The symmetrical proportions of square and rectangular face shapes create the perfect opportunity to play with curves. Balance the hard angles of a squared-off forehead or jaw with rounded frames that draw attention to the eyes. Lightness is the name of the game when you’re working with rigid facial lines, so reach for wire or thinly framed styles for an uplifting contrast.
The soft lines of circle and oval face shapes balance nicely with geometric structure. For fuller cheeks, try rectangular frames that create a face-slimming contrast. For oblong shapes, go with a unique oversized or D-frame to even out elongated proportions. Highlight with statement colors and flashy metallic detailing.
For face shapes that blend a unique mix of features, like heart or pentagon shapes, it’s hard to go wrong. Ultra-classic styles like the aviator or wayfarer are timeless options that can complement just about anyone. And if you want to emphasize the eye, and not the frames, turn to clear or rimless ones that will let natural features make the statement.
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