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Picking the Right Glasses for Your Face

One of the most annoying things about being a glasses wearer is trying to find frames that fulfil the deal purpose of functionality and style. Of course, I want a pair of glasses that help me see clearly, but I also want them to look good, and to compliment my outfit and make me feel confident. One of the best ways of achieving this is to pick a style of frame that compliments your face shape.

Of course, this is easier said than done if you’re not familiar with how to match them, so here’s a quick and easy guide to picking the right frames for your face:

  • Contrast

As a general rule of thumb, you want to pick frames that contrast with your face shape. So if you have a rounded face shape, you’ll want to avoid particularly round frames, and instead opt for square, angular shapes. If you have a narrow face, opt for large, oversized lenses such as those offered by Chanel or Dior.

  • Know your shapes

There are six main types of face shapes, and it helps if you know which one you are. There is oval, triangle, oblong, square, diamond and round – it can be tricky to figure out which one you are just by looking in a mirror, so get a friend to give you their opinion. Or, better yet, go into a sunglasses store and ask them to tell you which face shape you are (they will probably also then recommend the best frames to suit your face).

  • Know which frames work best

Once you’ve figured out which face shape you are, you’ll want to start considering what types of frames will work best for your shape. Here’s a simple guide:

Oval – Oval faces tend to have very balanced proportions, and to keep this balance you’ll want to go for fairly wide frames (as wide or wider than the broadest part of your face).

Triangle – You can either have a base up or base down triangular shape to your face, with the former working best with frames that are wider are the bottom (to minimise the width at the top of the face). They also work well with rimless frames, such as the new range of Oakley prescription glasses. The latter works best with frames that have heavy accents (in terms of width, details or colour) on the top half.

Oblong – Oblong face shapes will want to opt for frames that accentuate width, to stop the face seeming narrow. Go for frames with decorative temples to achieve this, as well as frames with a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Square – This face shape is often associated with a strong jaw and equal proportions in terms of length and width. Opt for narrow, rounded frames styles to soften the angles.

Diamond – This face shape is quite narrow, and usually has broad cheekbones. You want to try and soften the cheekbones and make the face feel wider, so opt for frames with detailing (particularly around the brow lines). Rimless, oval and cat-eye frames will also work very well.

Round – Round faces are obviously very curvy, so you’ll want to make it appear thinner and longer, and to introduce some angles. Narrow frames, a clear bridge and angular shapes such as rectangles will work very well with this shape.

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