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Glasses to suit your face shape

Did you know that there is a psychology behind selecting the right pair of glasses? Have you ever wondered why one pair of glasses may look dashing on your friend but quite the opposite when you try them on? No, it is not that you are destined to never find your perfect pair, it’s just you haven’t put the equation together yet! 

To help select the perfect pair of glasses, your face shape should be heavily taken into consideration. So, the most important question you should be asking yourself now is, “what is my face shape?” 


There are 5 categories of face shapes: 

Square – bold angular features with hard lines and sharp defined features.

  • Round – soft and curved contours with the horizontal width across the face being equal to the vertical width up and down the face. 

Heart – similar to an upside down heart where the widest part of the face is at the brow, with the face tapering down at the pointed chin.

Triangular – widest at the jaw, with a narrow forehead.

Oval – narrow forehead and narrow chin, and considered the most universal of the face shapes.

Of course, don’t take this as a series of strict rules which help place you in one of these categories. You are not destined to be contained in one forever! Anyone can be a mix or amalgamation of a series of features spanning multiple face shapes. You may have a “square” jawline, but an “oval” forehead, and your cheekbones may protrude like a “triangular”… the combinations in a single person are limitless! In any case, use these face shape categorisations as guidelines to understand the proportions and dimensions of your face, not unbreakable rules! 



Rounded and oval shaped frames are most suited for you. You want frames that will help soften the hard angles in your face. By contradicting these hard angles with soft edges and curved contours, you effectively balance the proportions of your features. 


Rectangular, angular and geometric frames are most suited for you. You want frames that break up the soft contours of your face and add one angularity and hard angles to the face. In this way, you create a balance to the face. 


Due to the wideness in the top half of this face shape, a frame that is bottom heavy or has low-set temples is critical to balance proportions in the face. A frame that places emphasis on the lower parts of the face creates the illusion that there is more width near the chin than actually is. 


Triangular faces benefit mostly from frames that are top heavy, with a good example being D-frames or aviators. This helps to balance the features by providing a mix of bold and soft on the face. 


An oval face is considered a universal face shape and thus any pair of glasses adapts well to these features. However, be careful to not just select any pair, but rather a pair that will help emphasise the natural balance of your face and add angles to soft curves. Square, rectangular or geometric frames work well with oval faces. 


If you are wanting help with choosing the right frame for your face shape then our team of optical dispensers can definately help find you the perfect pair of frames. Call us on 9728 7288 and one of our team can help.

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