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How to Choose Eyeglasses That Suit Your Face

May 16, 2014 / Life and Living

Picking out the right eyeglasses can be a challenge. After all, there’s a lot to choose from. Here are some tips that can help save you time, and make sure your eyewear truly complements you.

When choosing, always keep these points in mind:

  • Eyewear should repeat a personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
  • The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
  • Frame size should be in scale with your face size.

While most faces are a combination of different shapes and angles, there are many basic face shapes that people have. Here’s how to determine which frames will work best on these different shapes:

Round: A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular, narrow frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep – such as a rectangular shape.

Oblong: An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Triangle: This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, and choose very light colors and materials as well as rimless frame styles.

Diamond: Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

Square: A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.

Looking for new glasses? Give IN Style OPTICAL a try!

Your IN Style OPTICAL optician can help you choose a frame that suits you best.

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  1. Posted by Dave Thompson

    Had no idea different glasses were for different face types. My face is sort of a triangle shape. Next time I go out to buy glasses I’ll get a pair to compliment my face type.

    April 2, 2015 9:53 pm Reply
  2. Posted by Carolyn Marcotte

    I was very disappointed to discover this morning (6/10/14)at 7:30 am after driving one hour that the hours of operation for In Style at Gold Star Blvd had been changed to 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Not user friendly for people who work all day.

    June 10, 2014 1:10 pm Reply
  3. Posted by Marlene LaQuerre

    I have had several different eye doctors and I cannot see out of any of the glasses that I have been given. It is very discouraging and very expensive. Can you help?

    May 30, 2014 5:20 pm Reply

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