There are so many different glasses styles to choose from, that finding the right pair to suit you can be tricky. However, the most important question to consider when it comes to finding your perfect fit is – what is your face shape?

Read on to learn what the common face shapes are, and recommendations for the type of glasses frames that will look fantastic on you.

Oblong Face Shape

Oblong faces are rectangular in shape. They are long and slender with a straight cheek line and a prominent chin.

  • Frames with more depth, such as a bold square shape, will offset the length of your face.
  • Decorative details and different colours and textures will add some width to your face.
  • Avoid narrow and rectangular frames as they will make your face appear longer.
  • To highlight the natural balance of your face, a cat-eye frame with upswept corners will emphasise your cheekbones.
Photo by Apostolos Vamvouras

Diamond Face Shape

Diamond-shaped faces are the rarest face shape. They have a narrow eye line and jawline with high, dramatic cheekbones.  

  • Strong detailing will accentuate your eyes and soften the lower portion of your face.
  • Small oval frames will soften the angular lines of your face.
  • For men, try a metal rectangular frame to contrast your facial features.
  • For women, try a cat-eye frame that angles towards the top corner and follows the lines of your face.
  • Top-heavy semi-rimless frames will work well to contrast with your cheekbones
Photo by Sincerely Media

Square Face Shape

Many different kinds of glasses suit square faces. This shape face has a broad, deep forehead, wide jawline and square chin.

  • Soften the edges with an oval frame which will also add contrast to your angular features.
  • A stylish feminine cat-eye frame will soften your edges and add a bit of flair.
  • Avoid thin, angular and square styles as these will draw attention to your chin.
  • Complement your face shape with large silhouettes like solid round acetate frames.

Heart Face Shape

This is typically the most versatile of all the face shapes. Heart-shaped faces have a broad forehead and wide cheekbones that narrow down to a small chin. Lots of frames suit heart-shaped faces.

  • Choose frames that will provide contrast and balance to your face.
  • Frames that are wider at the top than the bottom will add width to the top of your face without exaggerating your cheeks.
  • Try light coloured or rimless frames for something subtle that softens your features.
  • Wear oval-shaped glasses as they won’t overemphasise your cheekbones.
Photo by Lensabl

Triangular Face Shape

 A triangular face shape has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheeks and chin areas.

  • Wide frames are good for triangle face shapes, as they add width to a narrow forehead.
  • Frames that are heavily accented on the top with detailing and colour, will add balance to the lower third of your face.
  • Glasses with a wide or bold brow line will draw attention away from your jawline and elongate your forehead.
  • Glasses that are darker on top and lighter at the bottom, such as aviators, are ideal for this face shape.
Photo by Daniel Schludi

Oval Face Shape

People with oval faces suit most frame shapes. Oval faces are well balanced and softly rounded, with a forehead slightly wider than the jaw, and high cheekbones.

Photo by Lensabl

Round Face Shape

A round face is all about the curves. Round faces are fairly short with a wide forehead, and often with full cheeks and a rounded chin.  

  • Balance out your features with a strong brow line. Semi-rimless frames are ideal for achieving this.
  • Cat-eye glasses have the ability to add length to your face.
  • Sharper edges create angles and have a flattering effect. Choose styles with bold, angular details and clean lines.
Photo by Clem Onojeghuo

Summary

Keep in mind that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing glasses frames. You should go with your instincts. Expressing your personal style through your frames can be a fun way of bringing out your unique personality and letting yourself shine!