How to Find the Right Frames for Your Face


For some people, eyeglasses are just another accessory. For others, they’re a necessity. It doesn’t matter whether glasses are a choice or a requirement—they can and should be stylish and look great. Just like the right haircut or a tailor-made suit, the right pair of eyeglasses can highlight your best features and leave you feeling fabulous. Unfortunately, many people are wandering around with ill-fitting glasses that simply don’t flatter their face. At Intracoastal Eye, one of our goals is to fix that.

So, what is the best way to find the right pair of glasses for you? While it’s best to leave it to the professionals, knowing what you need before your appointment can save some time and energy. If you’re looking for a great pair of glasses that flatter your features, make an appointment today. In the meantime, follow these tips to get yourself prepared.

What Shape is Your Face?

In a nutshell, different face shapes look best with different style frames. Important things to keep in mind are that the frame shape should contrast with your features and the size should be in scale with your face. Once you understand this concept, the rest is easy! As for figuring out your official face shape, the following descriptions should help:

  • Oval
    If you have an oval face you’re in luck! An oval face is considered ideal because of its balance. Fortunately for you you’ll have more of a variety of styles to choose from because just about any frame will work. According to All About Vision “To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.”
  • Oblong
    While oblong face shapes tend to be symmetrical, they are longer than they are wide, and the wrong set of frames can elongate your face. The goal is to find frames that do the opposite. Try taller, squared off, or circular frames which will take up more room on the face and offer some balance. Look for glasses with decorative details at the temples or thicker arms, which will draw attention to the sides of your face.
  • Square
    A square shape is defined by strong, distinct angles in the forehead, cheeks and jawline. Obviously, the idea here is to choose eyeglasses that soften the face. Avoid glasses with hard lines that will add a boxy feel to the face. Look for narrower, oval styles with rounded edges to help soften defined angles and lengthen the face.
  • Round
    In contrast to square shapes, round faces have curved lines and no angles. Round faces need glasses that make them appear thinner and longer. Try angular, narrow frames with a clear or contrasting bridge to make your eyes appear wide set.
  • Heart
    Because of the broader forehead and narrower jawline, heart shape faces need glasses that minimize these features. Rimless glasses are perfect for heart shapes because they keep the face from looking too top heavy.
  • Diamond
    Thank goodness cat eye frames are hot this season, because they are perfect for this face shape, which is wider at the bottom. Half rim or dramatic cat eye frames bring attention to the upper half of the face and balance out the jaw line.

How About a Splash of Color?

While you want to wear a color you love on your face, picking out the right shade of glasses can be a little more technical than simply choosing a favorite. It’s important to keep in mind skin tone when shopping for your specs. All complexions fall into two main categories—cool or warm. Be sure to choose a color that that suits your skin tone and makes it look its best. It’s important to keep in mind eye and hair color as well when picking out frames.

Embrace Your Personal Style!

While there is a bit of science behind what looks best on you, it is important to make sure you love your glasses. If you have found the perfect style and color, but you hate them then they won’t reflect the real you. You’ll be miserable, and it will show. The right frames should flatter, enhance, and make you feel your best. If that means throwing out all the rules and following your heart, then so be it!

No matter what style frames you pick, the more you love them the better you’ll look and feel. The experts at Intracoastal Eye know a thing or two about style, and we’re happy to guide you to your next best look!