How To Choose Eyeglass Frames For Different Face Shapes

Eyeglass frames may look appealing while on display at your optometrist office, but look far less appealing when you place them on your face. One reason for this is that those attractive frames may simply be the wrong style for the shape of your face. The best way to choose eyeglass frames for your face shape is to know what your face shape is and which glasses best fit the shape of your face.

The Oval Face

The oval face is a well balance face where the outline of your face forms and oval with the cheek area normally being slightly wider than the forehead or chin.

The best frames for an oval face are frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest portion of your face. Walnut shaped frames are an excellent example of a style of frame that is perfect for an oval face.

Heart Shaped Face

A heart shaped face is wider at the top with a narrow almost pointed or pointed chin. Choosing eyeglass frames that are wider at the bottom than at the top works well for those with a heart shaped face. You may also want to get those frames in a light color or rimless.

Rectangular or Oblong Face

The rectangular or oblong face is longer than it is wide. There is usually very little emphasis of cheek bones giving the face a more straight edge look. Frames that are taller than are wide will shorten the length of your face and by choosing glasses with contrasting or decorative temples will also give the illusion of a more shapely face.

The Square Face

A square face is a face that is about the same length and width and has both a broad forehead and strong squarish jaw line. The best frames for a square face are those frames that are wider than they are tall. Narrow oval frames can look great on those with a squarer face.

Diamond Shaped Face

A Diamond shaped face has a narrow forehead and chin and wider cheek bones. The best eyeglass frames for a diamond shaped face are those with distinct brow lines and are lighter on the bottom. Rimless frames and frames that are cat eye shaped also work well on those with this shape of face.

The Round Face

Round faces are about the same length and width and have indistinct cheek bones. The best frames for those with round faces are frames that are wider than they are tall and have a clear bridge that holds the glasses away from the face. Choosing glasses with a darker brow line will also make the face appear somewhat longer.

Triangular Face

A triangular face has a narrow forehead and wider cheek and a wide chin. The best eyeglass frames for a triangular face is one with heavier coloring and detailing on the brow line to give the forehead a wide look cat's eye shapes with the heavier brow line work extremely well on those with a triangular face.


Choosing the right frames for the shape of your face will help you find the right eyeglasses to enhance your looks and allow you to feel good about wearing glasses.