How to Pick your Specs with your Face Shape

Getting the right pair of specs is no mean feat, given the plethora of different styles and silhouettes out there. Keeping your peepers supported with top quality lenses that hold the perfect prescription for you is vital for long term, consistent eye care whatever the season, as well as being an accessory for your look, whatever your personal style.

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 round, oblong, oval, square, or heart-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 with either your lippy (or your girlfriends) or an erasable pen, trace the outline of your face on the mirror- Whatever you do, just make sure you can wipe it off afterwards!

And yes, we know that this sounds a bit odd but it works! We promise!

Now you have your face shape sorted, check out our definitive guide on each face shape and what will work for you.

Square face shape

A strong jaw line with wide cheekbones looks great with a more rounded or aviator-shaped glasses frame. With such a strongly shaped face, curvy styles also work well, whilst acetates in neutral tones such as creams and camels help to soften and subtly frame the face.

The square rules

Round face shape

With such a soft shape, definition is key so slim your cheeks with a glasses frame slightly wider than the broadest part of your face. Soft but angular styles will pull your temple higher, lengthening your face and breaking up the roundness. A strong detailed brow area on your specs will also pull the eye area away from the mouth, giving you a more defined face-shape overall.

The round rules

Oblong face shape

To balance out your face and give it width, choose glasses that don’t extend beyond the widest part of your head. Opt for round or square shapes. You don’t want the pea head effect here, so ensure that you opt for a substantial circumference. Keep away from anything too angular that might jut out at the edges.

The oblong rules

Diamond face shape

A defined, pointed chin with wide cheek bones and forehead look great with a more quirky, retro shaped pair of specs, such as rectangular or ‘cat-eyed’ glasses. Choose a pair which angle outwards towards the top corner, widening out the face to balance the jaw line. Coloured frames and arms with strong detailing will soften the lower portion of your face shape by accentuating the eye area.

The diamond rules

Oval face shape

Count yourself lucky, as pretty much any style works on an oval face. You should experiment with the latest looks such as the resurge of the wayfarer, now updated with an array of colours and printed frames. For pure celebrity status and a pair that screams ‘look at me’, go for a heavily detailed arm. Solid and dark lenses add status; whilst metal frames are a good way of create a definitive silhouette.

The oval rules

Still not quite sure? Then drop us a line at ask@glassesdirect.co.uk and one of our style experts will be able to help you find the perfect pair.