Frame your face

The sun’s blazing  through the skies and there’s no doubt the peak of summer is here! So, while you’re busy protecting your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, make sure you do it in style.  You’ve probably already heard that the right pair of glasses for your face, largely depend on the latter’s shape. But then you’re probably thinking- what does that  even mean? Well, we’re here to help you figure that out. So, lets get technical about face shapes so that you can pick the right glasses for your look. Follow the pointers below to make sure your next pair of glasses is a killer one!

 The golden rule: This should be your mantra when you go shopping for glasses-  always play against your facial contour i.e.-the glasses that look best on your face have the opposite shape as your face. Got a square shaped mug? Oval or circular frames will provide a nice contrast. Round face? You’re best of opting for angular shaped frames ( think square or rectangular). So, how’ll you tell whether you’re oval or square or round? Like we said before- we’ve got you covered!

The Square Face: A square face is characterized by it’s sharp angles- strong jaw line, broad forehead and square chin. Usually, it’s proportional in length and width. People with this shape look best with oval or round frames. Glasses with temples that are centre set or that connect at the top of the frame provide a nice contrast. Steer clear of geometric or square shaped frames that will serve to accentuate your angular face.

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The Oval Face:  This face shape is characterized by its balanced proportions. The length of the face is almost one and a half times the width. This is the most versatile face shape and people with this shape usually photograph well. The chin here, is narrower than the forehead and cheekbones.  As far as choice of frames go – you’re blessed and the world is your oyster. Just about any frame can work with your face so find a style that suits you best. Just remember to stay away from anything that unbalances your proportions( think super large frames).


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The Round Face: The round face, like the square face, is equivalent in length and breadth, but with fuller cheeks and a rounded chin. The idea here is to add angles to the soft curves of your face.   So geometric and angular shapes are your best friend. Rectangular and horizontal styles will make your face seem longer and thinner. Upswept styles/ high temple glasses will serve to achieve the same purpose.  Avoid small frames that make your face look out of proportion and anything that reinforces your core shape( read : no round frames!)

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The Inverted triangle or Hear shaped face: This shape closely imitates the shape of  an inverted triangle- broad forehead, wide cheekbones and a narrow chin. The overall shape tends to be pretty angular with a strong and narrow jawline. Here, you’ll want anything that balances your proportions- think bottom heavy styles or styles with low set temples. Rounder frames are also a good option to balance out the wide forehead and so are rimless styles.


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The Diamond Face Shape:  All though an extremely rare face shape, the diamond face shape can be found on some men and women. This shape is characterized by its Narrow forehead, wide, dramatic cheekbones, and a narrow chin. If you find yourself with this face shape- stick to oval frames that maintain balance. Upswept styles like cat- eye of wayfarers will be a good option. Finally, rimless styles work well to flaunt those dramatic cheekbones. This shape works particularly well with dramatic, oversized frames!


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Author: Rohan Malhotra

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  1. Great Going Rohan! Extremely useful and well written.

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  2. Good article, Rohan. Thanks for posting. I’d love to see some visual examples of frames you suggest.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Beryl! I will try to edit the article and include at least one example of each type of frame! Thanks once again.

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