THE FITTING ROOM
Face shapes are recognised as being one of five basic shapes - Round, Oval, Triangular, Oblong or Square. Everyone’s face will have one or more frame shapes or styles that will help them look their best by accentuating the beauty of their facial structure and features.
CLICK YOUR FACE SHAPE
Frames that are slightly rounded or curved will compliment a square face. The top of the frames should sit high enough on the face to downplay the jawline. Suggested styles: Rounds and Oblongs.
This shape is defined by a broad forehead and a narrow mouth and chin. Frames with a thin rim and vertical lines will help balance the bottom part of the face. Frames should not sit too high on the face or they will emphasise the triangular shape. Avoid large frames, heavy nose bridges, bold colours and square shapes. Suggested styles: Rounds and Small Teardrop Aviators.
Long, narrow faces are similar to square faces in that the chin and cheek are of nearly the same width. Facial length, however, is far greater than the width. Frames should cover as much of the center of the face as possible in order to minimise the length. Suggested styles: Wayfarer and Squarish frames.
More frames look good with this face shape than any other, as long as the size of the frames is in proportion to the face. Suggested styles: Preppy rounds and top bars.
To play down the roundness, select frames with straight or angular lines. Deep colour such as black or tortoise also minimises fullness. Suggested styles: Small wayfarer and thick frames.
Consider the nose, too.
Large, oversized frames are recommended for balance. A small frame will accentuate the nose.
Frames with high sidebars that draw attention upward toward the temples and away from the nose are a good choice. A double bridge helps a nose appear shorter.
A high bridge in a light colour lengthens a short nose or a nose that is small in proportion to the rest of the face.