How To Choose The Best Glasses And Frames For Your Face Shape
Trying to find the perfect pair of glasses should feel fun, not frustrating. Your face shape, hair colour, eye colour, and personal style all play a part in determining the right frames for you. We’re here to lay out the guidelines, but ultimately rules were made to be broken: round glasses with a round face could be the perfect signature look, and red hair and red glasses might be just your thing.
Finding your frame size
Frame size incorporates three key figures, all of which are measured in millimeters.
Lens width: Between 31-60 mm
Bridge width: Between 12-31 mm
Glasses arm length: Between 115-155 mm
Figuring out your face shape
Traditional advice: find frames with bold, squared-off angles like rectangular, cat eye, and retro wingtip styles.
Traditional advice: Pick a frame that juxtaposes sharp angles — meaning curved styles like oval glasses, browline, round, and Aviator frames.
Traditional advice: Pick a frame that’s widest and boldest on top, elongating a narrower forehead and balancing a wider jaw. Examples include browlines, Aviators, and cat eye glasses.
Traditional advice: Pick a frame with a deep base — like the D-shaped lens of a retro wingtip frame. You’ll also want to choose pairs wider than your brow, making Aviators and cat eye frames another good option.
Oval is considered the most “universal” face shape as almost all styles look good on oval face shapes due to their symmetry and balance.
Choosing your frame colour
Orange—the complementary color of blue—will really make your eyes pop. Tortoise-shell and brown glasses will also look good with blue eyes.
Any color will look great with your eyes, from classic black to brighter tones. If you want to stand out, choose a very bold color like a bright green or a pool blue.
Choose a colorful frame to avoid a monochromatic look. The good news is almost any brighter color will work with your eyes.
Red is the complementary color of green, but you probably want to save that look for the holidays. We recommend brown or other earthy tones. These subdued frame colors always look good with green eyes. If you want to be bold, consider gold or purple frames.
Hazel eyes often seem to switch from brown to green. So choosing green or brown frames both provide contrast and will blend in. Amber frames are also a good choice.