The best glasses for your face shape

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How to choose the right pair of glasses to suit your face shape

Updating your glasses could be as simple as taking a familiar shape for a spin in a different colour. After so many geeky acetate rectangles, the aviator moment and clear acetate glasses (touch lab-glass-ish, if you ask me), the new thing is lightly tinted acetates. “They give the face a little bit of a lift,” says Primrose Hill optician Adam Simmonds, who offers pale blue, clear mint and blush frames. He recently fitted some literal rose-tinted glasses – one way to counteract all the doom and gloom.

Broughton pays special attention to how a pair of glasses fit one’s face, stating that “comfort is key – make sure you choose a frame that’s a good fit around your nose and ears.” He adds that although the frames should ideally follow your eyebrows, avoid getting your brows in the lenses.

For shape, he says that the general rule is to offset your facial characteristics, “so if you have a round-shaped face, you might suit an angular frame and vice versa…I’d say this idea has become less important these days, and the winning formula is to choose a bolder frame that allows for your unique brilliance to shine through.”

What is my face shape?

Choosing your glasses starts by determining your face shape. While everyone can find the perfect pair of glasses for themselves, everyone’s face is different and there are certain styles which suit certain face shapes slightly better than others.

Every opticians will have a team of experts on hand to help customers choosing a new pair of glasses – so fear not if establishing your face shape doesn’t immediately sort your spectacles problem.

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We spoke to Dan McGhee, director of professional services at Vision Express to determine the different face shapes and the best glasses to suit each one.

Oval face shape

Congratulations – thanks to your rounded chin and forehead, most frame shapes will suit you. The best pairs to pick are those which are as wide or even slightly wider than the broadest part of your face. Oversized or bold shapes are also good choices.

square face shape

Narrow frames are your friend here – as they will aim to soften your strong jaw line. Frames with more width than depth – particularly oval and round styles – will make your face look longer. Try to avoid square styles and darker frames, instead opting for metal styles.

round face shape

For those with a more circular face, the goal is to create definition through your glasses. In order to make your face look more narrow and long, opt for angular and narrower styles of frames. Pairs of glasses which have a clear bridge will define your eyes, while more rectangular and wider frames will help balance your face shape.

Heart face shape

Those with a heart-shaped face should choose glasses that elongate your face. The perfect pair of frames would be light-coloured, rimless styles – in order to broaden and balance the lower part of your face. Round frames are also flattering and if you’re looking for something bolder, try a cat-eye style.

Diamond face shape

If you’re someone whose face is narrow at both the eyeline and jawline, you need to source width and balance from your frames. Choose top-heavy styles, such as semi-rimless, cat-eye, rectangular and oval glasses.

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Fashion eyewear

Perry Moore, managing director of Silhouette UK talks about choice and variety both being key. “We have thousands of styles, shapes and color variations to choose from, so it’s incredibly important to us that consumers are able to select the style that best suits their personality and lifestyle.”

Choosing frames that are designed to last is also vital. Timeless shapes and styles which transcend trends are important – as it’s less common to change your glasses as often as you would your clothes.

However Perry also notes the importance to people being allowed to express their personalities through their choice of eyewear. If you’re someone who will need to wear their glasses all of the time, this makes a lot of sense so you’ll most likely want to seek a unique design that you can also wear in your own way. Perry continues: “Silhouette offers something for everyone – where you’re looking for big, bold and beautiful or simple and classic.”

Anna Laub, founder and creative director of Prism London agrees. “Glasses are functional, but you wear them every day and they’re the first thing people see on your face.”

If you’re someone who is constantly indecisive, there’s no need to limit your selection to just one pair. “It’s still strange to me that people have 30 pairs of shoes but normally only one pair of glasses,” Laub says.

At Jimmy Fairly, the trendy, accessibly priced French eyewear brand, there’s been a shift from basic, round shapes to more oversized, bolder frames. “People are getting more into their glasses, and they’re also more creative,” says Daphnée Duchatel, the brand’s culture manager – most convincing in her de ella Dimby glasses, squarish black acetate frames with thin gold arms.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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