How To Pick Glasses To Suit Your Face Shape

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Now a fashion statement, glasses can be a great way to accessorise your outfit. The key to feeling good in your glasses is picking the right shape and colour to suit all your unique features.

At David Paul’s, we have many celebrity brand name frames. They all come in different styles and shapes, so there’s something for everyone. We understand that with the current covid climate, you may feel more comfortable shopping online. So here’s how you can pick a pair of glasses online that will compliment you perfectly.

The five primary face shapes

Identifying which of these categories you fit into can help when picking a pair of glasses that will suit you best.

People who have an oval face have a narrow chin and forehead, with slightly wider cheekbones. They’re also more likely to have evenly balanced facial proportions, meaning that almost all styles of frames can suit them, including round, aviator, cat-eye, and wayfarer glasses. Generally, we recommend looking for frames that are either wider than or as wide as the broadest section of your face if you have an oval face shape. Typically, oval faces have high cheekbones - so choosing a fun design with embellishments can look great. Check out our Tom Ford glasses which are great for oval shaped faces.

A heart-shaped face is made up of a wide forehead and a soft narrow chin - sort of like an upside-down triangle. To balance out the width of the forehead, glasses that are wider at the bottom are great for complimenting heart-shaped faces. These styles of frame draw attention away from the width of the top of the face, balancing out all the facial features.

Cat-eye and rectangular frames also work for heart-shaped faces. If you opt for rectangular glasses to compliment a heart-shaped face, then choosing a light coloured frame can prevent your glasses from looking too topheavy. Rimless frames will stop your glasses from looking too heavy altogether.

Those with square faces have equally proportionate faces in terms of both width and length. Typically, a square-shaped face will have a strong jaw and a broad forehead, with strong angular lines and features. To soften these features, at David Paul’s, we would recommend choosing narrow frames to soften strong angles. It will also make

your face appear longer. Our collection of Calvin Klein glasses have lots of balanced, understated yet stylish choices that won’t overpower your face.

Round and oval framed glasses look great on square-shaped faces because they contrast against square features perfectly. We would advise avoiding square-shaped glasses and glasses with thin frames - they’ll enhance square features rather than soften them.

Got a loveable, round smiley face? Think about avoiding oval and round glasses. Round faces tend to have a rounded chin, a wide forehead, and full cheeks that lack harsh angles. You might want to stay clear of both small and oversized glasses as they will make a round face seem even more round. Instead, try choosing a rectangular frame. It will create the illusion of a longer face. You could also try a square or narrow shaped frame if you want your face to appear slimmer.

Triangle-shaped faces have a wide jawline that narrows upwards towards the forehead. If this sounds familiar, opt for frames with a bold detail or design on the top half of the frame, such as accented colours and embellishments. It will add some width to your forehead. Cat-eye shaped frames are perfect for this. They draw attention to the top third of the face and create the illusion of a wider forehead. They also enhance the eyes, making them a focal point of the face, detracting attention from a wide jawline.

Other face shapes

You may find you don’t fit into any of these categories. If you have an oblong shaped face, and more of a square jaw line, you may want to try looking for taller lenses inside a rectangular frame. If your face is more narrow above the eyes and below the jaw, glasses with distinctive frames can highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones - think bold colours, patterns, and thick frames.

Have beautiful strong cheekbones? Go for a cat-eye frame. It will accentuate and soften those bones.

Eyewear for different eye and hair colours

- If you’re blonde try out black, purple, and blue colours as well as shades of pink.

- Warm brown hair (undertones of reds and gold) is best matched with earthy tones such as reds, golds, and greens.

- Cool brown hair (dark with undertones of ash) is beautifully complimented with shades of blue, pink, and black, as well as the classic tortoiseshell print.

- Black hair works well with a variety of different colours. For a classy, more sophisticated look, pick some black frames. Shades of greens, blues, reds and browns also look fab.

- If you’re a redhead, try colours such as green, blue and black. We also think tortoiseshell prints look particularly stylish with red hair.

- Blue eyes are best enhanced by dark blue frames.

- Brown eyes suit shades of gold, olive and lavender, as well as classic brown or black frames.

- Green eyes look great against contrasts of plum and purple. To really bring out green eyes, try a vibrant emerald.

No two faces are the same. The most important thing is that you feel confident.

Get premium eye care and eye tests with David Paul Opticians

Choosing a pair of glasses that compliments your face shape, eye colour and hair colour can make you feel much more comfortable in your eyewear. The most important factor when it comes to glasses, however, is that they give you clear and comfortable vision. At David Paul Opticians we offer high-quality eye care including advanced eye examinations and eye tests . Our team of fully trained and qualified staff use the latest advanced technology to detect eye conditions early so that you can receive the best and most suitable treatment as soon as possible.

Our friendly team based in Berkhamsted are also on hand to give advice and guide you in your eye wear choices - from guiding you on the most suitable frame for your face to helping you choose the most comfortable eyewear for your needs. To get started, visit our website today.