People with round faces should choose frames as wide as they are tall, which gives the appearance of a slimmer face. Glasses with strong angles and lines add definition and downplay the fullness of the cheeks. Wearers with round faces should look for vibrant prints, patterns, and colors, and statement-making embellishments that add contrast. Finally, choose frames that don’t sit directly on your cheeks.
Glasses wearers with square-shaped faces possess a strong jawline and angular features; if this describes you, choose frames that offer lots of curves to add contrast and soften the angles in your face. When you choose frames with characteristics opposite those of your face shape, you won’t exaggerate an already-angular look. Choose frames wider than they are tall to help slim down your face. Frames in neutral colors like beige, cream, and taupe, can further soften your look.
Wearers with oval faces should choose frames as wide as or slightly wider than the broadest part of the face. Glasses with detailed embellishments also look great with the high cheekbones typically found on oval faces. Choose a classic rectangular shape for a sophisticated, studious look, a retro cat-eye, or a trendy square or round frame. Really, anything goes—the only tip for glasses wearers with oval faces is to resist detracting from the natural balance of your features. Your proportions are already even, so consider carefully when choosing oversized frames.
Men and women with heart-shaped faces should choose frames that minimize the top of the face and make the chin look wider. Choosing frames wider than your forehead will help do both. And decorative accents at the endpoints of the frame (think Ray-Ban’s Clubmaster) will help draw the eye away from the forehead.
Characterized by broad, distinctive cheekbones, parallel narrow eye lines, and narrow jawlines, the diamond face shape is the rarest of all. Somewhat similar to the triangle face shape because of its full cheeks, it is actually a silhouette all its own. Once you’ve identified this shape as yours, focus on frames with angular, edgy elements to complement the angular features of your face. This will soften the cheekbones and draw attention directly to your eyes. An added frame width will balance your look and lend a dramatic, stylish touch to your features. Avoid narrow eyeglass frames, as they will further emphasize your narrow eye line.
Oblong shaped faces are long and slender and may have high cheekbones, a long nose, and a tall forehead. Wearing tall eyeglass frames will help create a well-proportioned face. Also, broad frames styles with color-accented top rims or decorative temples will help add width to your oblong shaped face.