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How To Choose The Best Glasses Frame For Your Face Shape

June 19, 2012

Tips for finding the best frame style that fits your particular face.

Now that we have entered the sunny summer months, you may be searching around for the perfect pair of sunglasses that will set off your perfect beach outfit, while also protecting you from the many dangers that UV rays can have on our eyes. And while it is important to choose a pair of glasses that provide us with the best vision or offer the best protection, for many of us, one of the biggest aspects of choosing eyeglass frames often comes down to how they look on our face.

With so many different face shapes out there, from square to heart to round, how do you narrow down your choices to choose the frame that is most flattering to your profile? You must first take a closer look at your face and determine your own face shape, then research which types of frame styles would accentuate your features, and which styles you should avoid at all costs.

While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are four basic face shapes that most people can identify with which choosing their own personal shape: round, heart, oval or square. So, whether you have an actual need for optical assistance, or you are simply looking for a great pair of sunglasses to sport this summer season, once you determine your face shape, flattering glasses will follow―it’s that easy.

To help you find the frame that works best for you, today we are taking a closer look at which frame styles work best on certain face shapes so that you can determine which frames suit your personal style.

Round Face

When you are trying to find a glasses frame that compliments a round face well, your goal should be to balance out the face’s unusual proportion and add definition the face’s natural lines. For instance, square and rectangular frames help to bring so angularity to the face, while also downplaying the jaw. Also, try and look for glasses frames that have a dark, prominent bridge that draws attention away from the round sides of the cheeks and towards the center of the face.

Oval Face

An oval shape is one of the most ideal face shapes to fit with glasses or sunglasses because of its balanced proportions. Therefore, to keep the natural balance of an oval face, look for frames that are as wide (or just a bit wider than) the broad part of the face. Also, an accented top rim or decorative temple can further break up a face’s long, straight lines and add width.

Heart Face

Heart-shaped faces have many different varieties and can be somewhat similar to that of a round or oval face. Therefore, you still want to try and aim to balance our the face’s unusual proportions. Look for frames that are oval-shaped or square frames that feature a curved edge. This can help to give a narrow jaw a broader look. Also, light colors and rimless frame styles have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws, with no surrounding frame material.

Square Face

When finding glasses that fit a square face well, look for oval and round flames that soften and lengthen an angular, short face. You can do this by choosing frames that are wider than they are deep. Also, frames that sit high on the bridge of the nose lengthen the face and draw focus away from a sharp, square jaw line.

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