How to Choose Frames for Glasses

Are you in the market for some new glasses but feeling overwhelmed by the endless options for frames? Fear not! Choosing the right shape and style of glasses frames to suit your individual face does not have to be a daunting task. In fact, finding the perfect pair of frames can be a breeze. So, grab a mirror and let’s get started! 


First things first, let’s determine your face shape. There are six main face shapes: round, oval, square, heart, diamond, and triangular. To determine your face shape, stand in front of a mirror and trace the outline of your face with a dry erase marker or lipstick. Then step back and look at the shape you’ve drawn. What do you see?

  • If your face is widest at the cheekbones and has soft curves with no angles, you likely have a round face.
  • If your face is longer than it is wide with a gently rounded hairline and jaw, you have an oval face.
  • If your face has strong angles with a prominent jaw and forehead, you have a square face.
  • If your face is widest at the temples and narrows at the jawline and chin, you have a heart-shaped face.
  • If your face is widest at the cheekbones with a narrow forehead and jawline, you have a diamond-shaped face.
  • If your face is narrow at the forehead and widens at the cheekbones and jawline, you have a triangular face.


How to pick the right glasses frame for your face

Once you’ve determined your face shape, it’s time to start exploring frame styles that will complement your unique features. Here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Round Face

If you have a round face, the goal is to add angles and structure to your features. Look for frames that are wider than your face and have strong angles or geometric shapes. Rectangular or square frames are a great option, as are frames with high temples or a bridge that sits high on the nose.

  • Oval Face

Lucky you, if you have an oval face, you can pull off almost any frame style! Look for frames that are wider than the broadest part of your face, and experiment with shapes and styles to find what suits your personality best.

  • Square Face

If you have a square face, you’ll want to soften your angles and add some curves. Look for frames that are round or oval-shaped, with thinner rims and temples that sit high on the face. Avoid square or angular frames that will only accentuate your strong features.

  • Heart-Shaped Face

With a heart-shaped face, the goal is to balance your prominent forehead with your narrow chin. Look for frames that are wider at the bottom than the top, with rounded or curved edges. Cat-eye frames are also a great option, as they draw attention to the top half of the face and balance out the narrower jawline.

  • Diamond-Shaped Face

If you have a diamond-shaped face, you’ll want to find frames that soften your prominent cheekbones and narrow forehead and jawline. Look for frames with soft curves or oval shapes, with a low-set bridge that sits below the brow line. Rimless frames can also work well for this face shape.

  • Triangular Face

To balance out a triangular face, look for frames that are wider at the top than the bottom, with strong angles or a bold brow line. Cat-eye frames and aviators are both great options, as they draw attention to the upper half of the face.


Ready to get started?

Remember, these are just general guidelines, and there are always exceptions to the rule. The most important thing is to try on a variety of frames and see what feels good to you. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and experiment with different shapes, colours, and styles. After all, your glasses are an extension of your personality, so have fun and enjoy the process!

If you’d like expert advice and recommendations from trained professionals, our friendly team of optometrists in Roxburgh Park will be more than happy to help you select the perfect frames for your individual needs and preferences. And if you need prescription lenses for designer sunglasses, we can sort this out for you as well – in fact, we can even assist with contact lenses and eye exams.

For all your eye health needs, don’t hesitate to book an appointment at InOne Vision in Roxburgh Park today.