How to Pick your Specs with your Face Shape

Given the number of different styles and silhouettes out there (we have over 800 alone), picking the right pair of specs is no easy task. Throw in passing seasonal trends and personal style, and the whole process can feel a little overwhelming. However, it’s vital your eyes are supported with top quality lenses for long-term, consistent eye care.

But before you begin sifting through frames, you need to work out your face shape. This will help better determine which style will work for you. Check out our guide below for how to find your face shape as well as how to pick glasses for your face.

First things first though, working out your face shape to determine what frame will work for you is vital when choosing a pair of glasses, so check out our guide on determining your face shapes and picking the perfect pair of glasses, whatever your lifestyle.

How to determine your face shape

The first step is to decide if your face is square, round, oblong, diamond, or oval shaped. Take a photo of yourself directly facing the camera and use a piece of tracing paper to outline the edge of your face to work out your face shape. No camera? Then look in the mirror and use your lippy (or your girlfriend’s) or an erasable pen – whatever you use, just make sure you can wipe it off afterwards – to trace the outline of your face on the mirror. We know this sounds a bit odd but it works, trust us!

Now you have your face shape sorted, check out our guide on each face shape and what will best suit you.

Square face shape

Your strong jaw line with wide cheekbones looks great with a more rounded or pilot-shaped glasses frame. Other curvy styles like cat-eye frames will also work well to soften and subtly frame your face.

The square rules

Round face shape

Soft but angular styles that are frame slightly wider than the broadest part of your face, will accentuate and define your cheeks. Alternatively, a strong detailed brow area on your specs will help define your face shape overall.

The round rules

Oblong face shape

Round or square shapes will give width to your face and balance it out. Anything too angular may jut out at the edges, so try to stay away from these. Also, try to choose glasses that don’t extend beyond the widest part of your head.

The oblong rules

Diamond face shape

Your defined, pointed chin with wide cheekbones and forehead look great with rectangular or cat-eye glasses. Choose a pair which angles outwards towards the top corner, widening out the face to balance the jawline. Additionally, strong detailing will soften the lower portion of your face shape by accentuating the eye area.

The diamond rules

Oval face shape

Experiment with styles such as rectangular frames and shapes with heavily detailed arms. Solid frames and dark lenses are great to try, as are metal frames.

The oval rules

Still not quite sure?Email our friendly customer service team for style advice at ask@glassesdirect.co.uk and one of our style experts will help you find the perfect pair.