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How to choose glasses frames for face shape

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When we are confronted with the choice of our glasses frame for the first time, it is often difficult to find our way. At an eyewear store, the choice is often immense, and the shapes of glasses are particularly numerous.

To know which frames to choose to emphasize its face, one of the characteristics to be observed is its shape. Indeed, to choose a frame of glasses according to the shape of its face is essential. It is still necessary to know how to determine the shape of your face.

Whether your face is round, square, rectangular, oval or triangular, the Montreal optometrists at the Rockland Eye Clinic will explain how to choose eyeglass frames based on your face shape.

Define the shape of your face

Before you start choosing your eyeglass frames, it is essential to know how to recognize the shape of your face. This is the first step you should take before thinking about shopping for your frames online.

There are different shapes of faces. Most often, these are grouped into 5 categories: round, oval, square, triangular, and rectangular faces.

Warning: Keep in mind that these are conceptual face types. All faces are unique, although each has proportions that are closer to a model than others. A face is not necessarily purely rectangular, for example. There are nuances and you should take this into account when choosing your frame.

Round faces

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A round face is characterized by curved lines, without angles. The length and width of the face are made up of the same proportions.

The cheekbones are generally wide, as is the jaw. The choice of frames is generally easy for round faces.

I think I have a round face!

Oval faces

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An oval face is similar to a round face. Here too, the lines of the face are curved. However, the oval face is characterized by more unequal proportions. The width is less than the length.

This is the face often considered to have the ideal shape. Indeed, the versatility of oval faces adapts to a wider choice of frames.

I think I have an oval face!


Square faces

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Square faces are defined by a strong jaw and a wide forehead. Width and length are of equal proportions here. Unlike round and oval faces, the lines here are defined by sharp angles.

The choice of the frame of glasses is here more complex because it is a question of softening these angles.

I think I have a square face!


Triangular faces

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Triangular faces are divided into two types. The triangular faces with a lower base and the triangular ones with an upper base.

The triangular face with an upper base (V-shaped) is characterized by a thin jaw and a wider forehead. The forehead widens from the bottom to the top.

The triangular face with a lower base (A-shaped) is characterized by a wide jaw and a narrower forehead. It widens from top to bottom.

I think I have a triangular face!

Rectangular faces

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Finally, the rectangular faces are as their name indicates, a square face elongated. The nose is generally also rather long.

The choice of frames for a rectangular face will mainly aim to balance the face and make it shorter and more homogeneous.

I think I have a rectangular face!


Now that you know how to define your face shape, let’s move on to the most interesting part: choosing frames according to your face shape!

Which frame for a round face?

For a round face, the choice of the frame consists in refining the features. For this, the choice of rectangular frames is generally the most effective and what you will be advised.

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Frames with strong, somewhat bold lines look great on this face shape. It’s important to make sure that the bottom of the frames sit well above the cheekbones.

Geometric and angular frames are particularly well suited to round faces.

Our advice: Consider Etnia Barcelona frames. For the assurance of an inimitable style, it’s hard to find better!

Which frame for an oval face?

True chameleons, the faces harmonize with most of the frames of glasses. You will therefore have a wider choice to dress your face.

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Each shape of glasses will accentuate your style. Generally, round frames will give you a youthful, casual look, while rectangular frames will offer a more assertive style.

Oversized frames are particularly well suited to this face shape. Play with colors or materials to give you a unique and unmistakable look.

Our advice: Lowercase NYC offers a wide selection of frames in different shapes, perfect for asserting your character!

Which frame for a square face?

If you have a square face, the choice of your frame will aim to soften the angles of the face.

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For this, it is better to prefer round frames, which will not add more angles on your face, to lighten it. It is advisable to make sure that the round frame is wider than your cheekbones, to harmonize your face.

Finally, it is also possible to choose more geometric frames if you want to give more confidence to your face. But beware, this will not suit everyone.

Our advice: Check out the frames from Lindberg. Their round, thin frames are perfect for lightening your face!

Which frame for a triangular face?

Choosing a frame for a triangular face will depend on the type of symmetry.

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For triangular faces with an upper base (V-shape), go for wide frames, which even out the upper part of your face.

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For triangular faces with a lower base (A shape), you should choose a light frame. A heavy frame will accentuate the asymmetry of your face. Make sure you choose a pair of glasses that are wider on the lower part.

Our advice: For triangular faces, the variety of frames offered by Robert Marc NYC will allow you to harmonize your face with style!

Which frame for a rectangular face?

If you have a triangular face, we advise you to choose frames that balance your face.

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The goal here is to add more width and make your face more even. Wide frames with a low bridge are an excellent choice to soften the proportions of your face.

Frames that are too big, especially in length, will accentuate the asymmetry of your face. A possible choice if you want to emphasize your character.

Our advice: Barton Perreira offers a wide selection of frames that are perfect for rectangular faces.

Other elements of her face to take into account

Now you know the shape of your face and which frames to choose! To perfectly define your face and its proportions, you should know that there are other elements that will influence the choice of your glasses:

  • The size of your head: whatever the shape of your face, it is also important to consider its size. If you have a small head, it goes without saying to choose a small frame, and vice versa. Ideally, your glasses should not be wider than your face.
  • The nose: depending on the size of your nose, the choice of the bridge of your frames will be different. A short and thin nose will be able to leave room for a high bridge, while a longer nose will be more in harmony with low bridge glasses.
  • The distance between the eyes: the width of the bridge of your glasses must be proportional to the distance between your eyes. If you have wide-set eyes, choose a frame with a wide bridge, and vice versa.
  • The height of your eyebrows: last parameter to be studied, it is advisable to choose a frame which falls below your eyebrows. This will give you more personality and character. Your eyebrows should not be present in the lenses of your glasses.

Find the frame that best suits your face at the Rockland Eye Clinic!

Now you know how to choose an eyeglass frame according to your face shape. As you have seen, there are other parameters to consider to make the right choice!

On your own, it is not always easy to know which frames to choose. The best solution is to be accompanied by a professional eyewear retailer. He or she will be able to identify your features and what defines your face and will suggest frames that suit you perfectly.

To choose your frames, contact the Rockland Eye Clinic! Our optometrists will be happy to welcome you in our Montreal clinic to help you choose your future glasses and give you a unique and inimitable style.