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How to Choose the Right Eyeglasses for your Face Shape

For the youth of today, glasses have long transcended the bare utilitarianism by which they were defined and purchased just a decade ago. Today they have joined the stock repertoire to be a part of the 'it-crowd'. Mass advertising, as reliable a bellwether of social interaction rituals as it comes, is telling of this change when it comes to eyeglasses. The young adults who tread through the turbulent waters ensued by their hormones now have transmogrified their lenses as status symbols, exuding their inner selves : bookish, stylish, cheerful, and the rest of the lock, stock and barrel.

As Roland Barthes' has exemplified, our world of late capitalism is now animated by the images of mass-produced symbols and signs which now hold a quasi-mystical effect for us. Lenses now find themselves occupying the same spatiotemporal planes of our imagination. Glasses, literal pathways into the eyes of the 'other', are now being beautified by the multifarious shapes and frames which give the consumer the freedom to animate his being into the personalities and temperaments which he wishes to project onto the spectator. The glasses become the chic-ness, now being kept by the consumer literally at the tip of his nose.

Hence, whether we like it or not, glasses are now an indispensable part of our style arsenal. The only options are being in the loop or being a fashion bore : the choice is yours. In this blogpost we discover which glasses best suit your facial aesthetics.

Does face shape matter?

Some eyeglasses look attractive on display but not so great when you try them on. Could it be that the frames are the wrong style for your face shape? It's true — your face shape plays a significant role in whether a certain style of glasses will look good on you.

If you struggle to find the perfect pair of glasses for your face shape then you've come to the right place. Whether you have a round, oval or square-shaped face, there’s a pair out there made just for you! Here’s a guide to help you find the perfect frame according to your face shape.

What is my face shape?

People can have different varying facial structures and contours. Although there are many similarities between these shapes there are five main categories:

  • Square 
  • Round
  • Heart
  • Triangular
  • Oval

To determine your face shape and eyeglass styles that will look best on you, pull your hair away from your face and look directly into a mirror. Take a close look at the overall shape and contours of your face and head.

Which glasses go best with my face shape?

Square face

If you have a square-shaped face, many great pairs of eyeglasses can flatter your features. When it comes to proportion, square faces are widest along the jaw and forehead. Due to this shape being defined by a strong jawline, glasses that sit high on the nose add length that flatters this face.

To draw focus to your strongest features, choose a dark and rounded, rather than angular, frame. A round eyeglass frame will soften as well as add contrast to your angular features, making your face stand out. Rimless and semi-rimless frames are a great place to start.

Round face

Angular frames work especially well with round faces. With a proportion that's relatively equal in width and length, round faces should look for sharp-angled frames to add a little extra definition and depth.

Avoid small and round frames so your features don’t become lost. And by choosing a pair of frames that are more angular and wide, you can add the illusion of length to your face. Full-rim and semi-rimless frames are great styles to consider.

Heart face

Heart-shaped faces are widest at the forehead with a narrow chin and high cheekbones.

To look your best and brightest, find round or oval-shaped eyeglass frames that are thin and lightly colored. Avoid bottom-heavy frames, oversized frames, and frames with a lot of design elements. The goal is to draw attention to the top of the face and add balance to the width of your face. Also, consider frames that are slightly wider than your forehead to add even more beauty and balance to your facial features. If you're looking to soften your angular features, a rimless style is especially flattering.

Triangular face

Triangle face shapes have a wide, square jawline, but unlike square faces, they usually have a narrow forehead. If you think you have a triangle face shape, our range of styles is ideal for bringing out your best features and maximizing your look to its full potential.

Wider frames are a good bet for triangle face shapes as they help the top of your face look broader. To add width to a narrow forehead, try frames that are heavily accented with color and details on the top. That’ll work nicely with the lower third of your face and add balance to your look.

Oval face

Many different glasses shapes suit oval faces. A face with an oval shape features higher and slightly wider cheekbones that is slightly narrower towards the forehead. This long, rounded face shape allows you to pull off almost any style — especially oversized and wide frames. With an oval face shape, feel free to go bold with a funky color, texture or frame shape. Square, trapezoid, tortoise, and rectangular — the possibilities are endless!

Our only advice is to steer clear of narrow frames and frames with heavy design elements. They might add a bit of unnecessary length to your oval face.

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