Face colouring and face shape are the two most important factors to consider when selecting your frames. To do this we recommend the following as a general rule of thumb regarding the shape of your face:
Rectangular glasses for round faces (avoid round frames).
Oval or round glasses for rectangular faces (avoid rectangular frames).
Long faces should avoid narrow glasses.
Short faces should avoid high glasses.
Oval faces are generally not restricted.
The frame colour should be chosen to match skin and hair tone, eye, clothing and jewellery colours. Ultimately your choice of colour comes down to what you are comfortable with as well as personal taste.
• Frames should be no higher than the line of your eyebrows. The lower edge should not sit on your cheeks, even when you smile, and the frames should be no wider than the width of your face at the temples.
• If you have a long nose, a low set bridge appears to shorten it, whereas a style with a high set bridge in line with the top of the frames is best for a short nose.
• A thin or clear bridge can add width between close-set eyes and a coloured bridge will make wide-set eyes appear closer together.
• Oval frames are best for a square face with a broad, deep forehead, wide jaw and square chin as they soften the jaw line. Avoid thin, angular styles and those with colour emphasis on the bottom rim.
• Angular or geometric styles are best for a round face, which is fairly short with a wide forehead, full cheeks and a round chin. They draw attention to the top half of your face. Avoid small, round styles and large frames, which can make your face look rounder.
• An oval face is well balanced, softly rounded and looks great in most styles! Be adventurous and try modern geometric shapes, which are stylish and fashionable.
• A long face with high cheekbones and a deep forehead requires wide frames with a strong top line. Avoid small, square shapes and instead opt for a style with all-over colour.
• A triangular face, which is narrow at the forehead and eye line widening at the jaw, requires bold, strong shapes to add balance to the face. Triangular faces should avoid small, narrow frames.
• A heart-shaped face which has a broad forehead and tapers to small, neat mouth and chin can wear slender, rounded or square styles without decorative detail on the temples. Avoid styles which are wider at the top, these will reflect the face shape rather than balance it.
This guide will advise you on which style of frames will work best for you.
Try to remember that comfort is extremely important when selecting a new frame. You will make so many facial changes in a day such as smiling and raising your eyebrows. Therefore your glasses should fit as comfortably as your clothing.