If you haven’t had to wear glasses before, picking some for the first time can be something of an overwhelming experience. Glasses sit directly on our faces, and whether you wear them for short periods or all day long, you will want to be sure that you pick a style of frame that compliments your appearance and makes you feel confident when wearing them. One of the best ways to ensure this is to pick glasses for your face shape. Our expert Omaha eyecare team understands just how important it is for you to select the perfect glasses and are trained to support you with this crucial decision. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about selecting the ideal frames for the shape of your face.
If you have an oval face you are extremely lucky as your features will probably be well proportioned. This means that virtually any style of frames will suit you, and so you can either choose to play it safe or be as adventurous as you like! If you choose the latter, select a funky color or slightly more unusual shape to let your personality shine! Oversized and wide frames look especially flattering on oval shapes too.
If you have a heart-shaped face, your forehead will be wider than your chin, and you probably have fairly full and high cheekbones. Your features are also likely to be soft and slightly rounded. To offset the natural wideness in the top half of your face, you should opt for frames that are a little wider than your forehead. Styles with an exaggerated brow such as cat’s-eye types are also very attractive on heart-shaped faces. Avoid those which are bottom-heavy or oversized as these will draw attention to the bottom half of your face rather than the top.
Unsurprisingly, round faces have soft features, full cheeks, and a fairly wide forehead. The width and length of your face will also share similar proportions. Many people believe that angular frames will draw attention away from round faces but keep them fairly wide as narrow angles will make your face look rounder. Avoid small and round frames since these will cause your features to become lost. And stick to rimmed rather than rimless lenses to added definition and depth.
If you have a strong jawline and a broad forehead with angular features, you may have a square face. The great news is that many different kinds of glasses shapes suit square faces. Strong, square faces can pull off some stunning frames, and narrower frames that have more width than depth help to create a little more length in the face. Rimless and semi-rimless styles will also add some softness to your features.
Rectangle or long faces generally have a deep forehead, long nose, and strong jawline, and is longer than it is wide. To make a rectangle face appear more in proportion, we recommend that you choose frames that have more depth than width. Details on the arms and temples will also help to draw attention to the widest point of your face which will offset the narrowness.
Triangular faces are characterized as being widest at the jaw and narrower at the forehead. To complement your face, choose frames that add width and emphasize the narrow upper section of your face. Cat-eye styles and others with strong brow detailing are super for this. Aviator-styles and D-frames are also particularly attractive on triangle face shapes.
The rarest face shape, those with diamonds have full cheeks, a narrow forehead, and a narrow jaw. Rimless and oval frames are the most flattering and will bring both balances to your face while also enabling you to highlight your features. You can also be brave and flirt with funky and unique design frames such as cat-eye, horn-rim or those with exquisite detailing.
If you would like more advice on picking the perfect glasses frames for your face shape, our Omaha eye care specialists would be delighted to help. Please contact our offices to schedule an appointment.