Those of us who wear glasses know what a difference they can make to the way our faces look.
Some of our friends might even have trouble recognizing us without our glasses at first. Because our glasses have such a big effect on our appearance, it’s crucial to understand how to take advantage of that when we choose our frames.
The Shape Of Your Face
The shape of your face is a major factor in determining which glasses shape will be most flattering, and there tend to be four general face shapes:
- Round faces are defined by full cheeks, rounded hair and jawlines, and being about as wide as they are long.
- Oval faces are similar to round faces, but they are longer and less wide.
- “Heart-shaped” faces have wide cheeks and forehead but a narrow chin, and they may be further emphasized by a widow’s peak hairline.
- Square faces feature a strong jawline and forehead and are about the same width and length.
If you don’t know what your face shape is, an easy way to tell is to look in the mirror, close one eye, and draw the outline of your face on the mirror with a washable marker. The shape you draw should resemble one of the main four shapes more than the others, but if you still aren’t sure, we can help you out the next time we see you.
What To Consider When Choosing Your Frames
The key when choosing flattering frames is to look for shapes that will balance out your face shape. Round glasses on a round face will only emphasize the roundness, but a pair of rectangular frames will create a better effect. Inversely, round frames on a square face will help soften out the angles of the face.
Apart from shape, though, you also want to think about size. Even if they’re a good shape, glasses that are too small or too large still won’t be flattering. If your face is on the smaller side, stick with smaller glasses, and if your face is larger, you’ll look great in bigger glasses. This is something to think about as we get older, too. Kid glasses don’t look good on teens, and our old high school glasses won’t look as good the older we get!
Don’t Forget About Style!
Once you’ve taken size and shape into account, it’s time to think about your personal flair. That’s why we offer a wide variety of colors, materials, and patterns for you to choose from at our practice! If you need help choosing the perfect frames for you, just stop by and we can give you our recommendations.