Frames Selection


If you have been told that you need prescription eyewear to help you see more clearly and you have opted for glasses over contact lenses, you will need to think about what type of frames you would like your lenses placed into. Choosing the right style of frames for your lenses is extremely important, especially if you will be wearing your glasses a great deal during the day. Very few people find that they fit all frame designs and with so many different styles to choose from, getting it right can be a minefield.

To help you get started with your frame selection for your new glasses, here are the top tips for choosing frames to suit your face shape.

Oval face

Oval faces are generally considered to suit most styles of frames since their faces have the most balanced proportions, so if your face fits the following characteristics, you may have the pick of the bunch! People with an oval face have:

  • A forehead and jawline that are approximately the same width

  • A rounded chin with no hard lines

  • A slight roundness to the curve of your jaw

While most styles will suit you, many people with an oval face opt for frames that are a little wider than the widest part of their face.

Heart-shaped face

Unsurprisingly, heart-shaped faces are widest at the highest point, across the forehead. From this point, they gently narrow down towards the chin. Your cheekbones will sit quite high and most people with a heart-shaped face find that their chin is quite defined and can seem pointed. In some places, a heart-shaped face is also known as an ‘inverted triangle’.

Since your face is widest across the forehead, you may want to offset this feature by choosing frames that are a little wider than your forehead, or that have an exaggerated brow line. Cat-eye frames are very popular amongst women with heart-shaped faces.

Round face

Do your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw all seem fairly equal in width? If so, then you may have a round face shape. Round faces lack angular features and instead are soft and fairly undefined. Most people who have a round face seek to make their face look longer and leaner.

One of the biggest misconceptions about choosing frame styles is that rounded frames will make your face look rounder. In fact, the opposite is true. Angular frames can actually draw attention to the roundness of your face. Instead, choose softer frames that complement your softer features.

Square face

Square faces are characterized by strong, angular jaw lines, a broad, deep forehead, and a square chin. This dominant and chiseled appearance is very desirable and tends to age well. However, when it comes to choosing frames for glasses, most people find that narrow, angular styles suit them best since they offset some of their strong features and create a little more length in their faces.

Long face

As you may guessed, long-face shapes are longer than they are wide. They are sometimes referred to as rectangular, although they are not necessarily angular. If you have a deeper forehead, a long nose, and a fairly strong jawline, you are in possession of a long face.

Frame styles that are narrow and rectangular will make your face appear longer. Instead, opt for wide styles with angular or square frames which will make the most of your features while still making your face appear shorter and wider.

Our experienced optometry team is dedicated to ensuring that you are completely happy with every aspect of your experience with us, including your frame selection for your new glasses. We will be happy to guide you through the frame selection process and help you find the perfect style to complement your features. If you have any questions or you would like to schedule your appointment, please contact our offices in Sherman Oaks, CA today.

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