Frames and Your Face Shape
Frames allow you to express your personality and make a statement, but above all, they should complement your natural face shape.
The directions below can help you determine your face shape and what style frames you should consider.
Your Face Shape
Basic face shapes include: oval, diamond, round, square, triangle, inverted triangle, and oblong.
To determine your face shape:
- 1. Have someone take a straight-ahead photograph of your face.
- 2. Draw six dots on the outline of your face in the picture:
- Two on each side of your forehead
- Two at your cheekbones (near your eyes)
- Two at your jaw line (at the level of your mouth).
In general, the most attractive frames gently counterbalance your face shape and features.For example, if you have a round face, frames with angular shapes will counterbalance the roundness of your face for a more attractive look. Round frames will do the opposite - they will exaggerate the roundness of your face.
Dots on cheekbones are farthest apart. Dots on forehead and jaw are about equally spaced, slightly closer together. Face is longer than it is wide.
An oval face gives you the greatest freedom in selecting a frame shape - you can wear nearly any frame style. Select a frame that is just slightly wider than the broadest part of your face. Keep the size and weight of the frame proportional to your body size and weight.
Similar to oval, but dots on forehead and jaw are closer together. Face is more angular, with a smaller forehead and chin than an oval face.
The goal is to add width to your forehead and jaw, and make your cheekbones appear narrower. Choose softly curved frames that are no wider than your cheekbones. Square frames or frames with a straight top and rounded bottom are also good choices. Avoid decorative temples, which will exaggerate the width of your cheekbones.
Dots on cheekbones are farthest apart. Dots on forehead and jaw are slightly closer together. Width and height are nearly equal. Face has a full appearance with few angles.
The goal is to make your face appear longer and thinner. Choose low, wide rectangles and other short geometric shapes. Frames with hinges located above eye level can help lengthen the face. A Bridge located near the top of the frame can also add length.
The distance between all three pairs of dots is roughly equal. Width and height of face are nearly equal. Jaw line has an angular or square appearance.
The goal is to make your face appear longer, with softer curves. Choose oval or slightly angular frame styles with curved corners. Frames with hinges located above eye level can help lengthen the face. A bridge located near the top of the frame can also add length.
Dots on the jaw are farthest apart. Dots on forehead are closest together. Face has a narrow forehead and is wider at the cheeks and jaw line.
The goal is to add width to your forehead and make your jaw line appear softer and narrower. Choose frame styles that angle up and outward at the top corners. For women, cat's-eye shapes are flattering. For men, square frames are attractive. Frames with rimless bottoms are also good for both men and women. Frames with temples and bridge located near the top of the frame are best.
Dots on the forehead are farthest apart. Dots on the jaw are closest together. Cheekbones are high. Face has a broad forehead and gradually narrows to the chin.
The goal is to make your forehead looker narrower and add width to your jaw line. Choose frame styles that angle outward at the bottom. Aviator and "bow tie" shapes are good choices. Rectangular styles are also good. Frames with temples and bridge located near the middle of the frame help balance facial features.
Distances between all three pairs of dots are roughly equal. Similar to square, but face is noticeably longer than it is wide.
The goal is to make your face appear wider and shorter. Choose round styles or geometric shapes with generous vertical dimensions. Decorative temples or temples with contrasting colors can help add width. Frames with temples and bridge located near the middle of the frame are best.