Whether your face is square, heart-shaped, round, or oval, there are popular frames from a number of brands to fit your face. While you could go try on pair after pair until you figure out what works for your face, knowing what frames tend to flatter your face shape can save you loads of time — especially when shopping online.
If your head is pretty much proportional in length and width, with a broad forehead, prominent jaw line, and square chin, oval glasses can help soften and add contrast to the angles of your face. Try the following types of eyeglass frames:
- -Oval or round.
- –Semi-rimless — Top-only frames also look great if you’re lacking in the eyebrow department.
If you’ve got a small forehead but have been blessed with a bodacious chin, you can add width and also emphasize the narrow upper third of your face by trying frames that are:
- -Accented with color or other detail on the top half.
- -Cat eyes – These are very feminine and look great when trying to dress up drab business attire.
If your face is shaped like an upside-down triangle, you’re probably wanting to minimize the width of the top of your face. To avoid drawing attention to your forehead (without cutting bangs or growing a beard), try picking frames that are:
- –Wider at the bottom than the top — Avoid top-rim detail and stick to simple frames.
- –Light colors – Translucent frames will look cool without being too bold.
- –Rimless – These aren’t exactly a fashion statement, but a bold lipstick color or trendy scarf can make up for your understated eye apparel.
Round faces are just that — non-angular. Spice up your face with sharp, angular frames to slim your face and add definition. Try frames that are:
- -Bigger horizontally, and not too wide vertically
- -Rectangular, rather than round
Lucky you! Oval faces look great in just about any type of eyeglass frames. Try on a few pairs to get a feel for what you like before going to town at the optical shop, though.
*Tip #1: Try Before You Buy
Even if you know what frames tend to fit your face shape, buying glasses online can be unnerving. Look for companies that let you try before you buy. The following try-before-you-buy stores carry a huge selection of very stylish glasses in numerous colors:
- –Warby Parker – This store carries trendy but timeless styles of glasses in practical, timeless colors. The designer quality can’t be beat — AND the store donates a pair of glasses to a person in need for every pair you buy. Try on up to 5 pairs at home with no obligation to buy — and no shipping costs.
- –Tortoise & Blonde – Try on glasses virtually, or try on five pairs at home. Tortoise & Blond also helps children in poverty receive optical treatment, serving more than 200 kids each week.
*Tip #2: Skip Designer Frames
While LensCrafters is a popular website for finding designer brands of eyeglasses, Consumer Reports claims their frames tend to be more expensive than elsewhere. When you buy designer frames, you are paying for licensing fees (and a teeny-tiny logo) — not necessarily for quality.