What is the best way to choose frames for glasses?


There are three main points to consider when choosing the best frame for your face:

Your eyewear should mimic your most attractive feature; frame shape should contrast the shape of your face. The size of the frame should be to scale with your face. Typically, most people’s faces are a combination of seven basic shapes; oval, round, diamond, base-down or base-up triangle, square, or oblong.

The Vision Council has suggested which frames work best with specific face shapes. An experienced optician can help you interpret the guidelines properly and choose your new pair of eyeglasses.

Which face shape is yours?

  • Oval shape: The ideal shape of an oval face offers balanced proportions. Frames that are either as wide, or wider than the broadest portion of the face will maintain the balanced look. Walnut shaped frames that are neither too narrow nor too deep will also be flattering on an oval shaped face.
  • Base-up triangle: A face shape with a wide top third and a small, narrow bottom third is a base-up triangle. To even out the face and minimize the top width, choose frames that are widest on the bottom, rimless styles, and light colors
  • Oblong shape: A face that has more length than width, with a long, straight cheek like and a long nose is an oblong shape. To add more facial harmony to an oblong face, try on frames that have less width and more depth. Look for decorative temples for more width, and a low bridge to reduce the length of the nose.
  • Square shape A broad forehead with a strong jaw are characteristic of a square face. The length and width are in proportion. To lengthen and soften a square shaped face, select narrow oval styles and narrow frames with more width than depth.
  • Diamond shape: A face shape that is narrow at the eyes and jaw with broad dramatic cheekbones is a diamond shape. This is the most unusual face shape. Look for rimless, oval or cat-eye shapes to accentuate the eyes and soften harsh cheekbones. Designer eyeglasses with detailing are also a good choice.
  • Round shape: A round face is curved with no angles. The length and width are of the same proportions. To make a round shaped face look longer select narrow angular frames and a clear bridge to widen the eyes. Also, look for eyeglass frames that more wide than deep, like rectangular frames.
  • Base down triangle: A face with a narrow forehead and wider cheek and chin area is abase-down triangle. Increase width and move the focus to the top third of the face with heavy detailing and color on the top half of the frame. Cat-eye shaped frames will also create this effect.

Determine your best color palette

Once you are clear on the shape and style of frames for your glasses, ask your optician to help you determine your best color palette by factoring in the colors of your eyes, skin and hair. Your first instinct may be to choose a neutral frame color that matches everything you wear. Instead, consider a color that flatters you and displays your personal style. Whether you are seeking glasses frames for women or eyeglasses for men, if you stay open to new color ideas, you may be pleasantly surprised.