How to Find the
Right Glasses for My Face Shape

The main things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect eyeglasses or sunglasses are the shape of your face and the fit of the frames. There are five basic shape categories that most of us fall into: oval, heart, round, square, and oblong. If you don't fit into one of these categories perfectly, that's okay (as with any body feature, there are all kinds of variations). These categories are not hard and fast set rules, but rather handy reference points that should guide you through finding the best frames for you.

How to Determine the Shape of Your Face:

With eyewear, it's all about understanding angles and finding balance. The key is achieving harmony between the angular and rounded features of both your face shape and the shape of your glasses. Generally, juxtapositions work well. The more angular your facial features, the rounder your glasses should be. The rounder your facial features, the more angular your glasses should be.

Oval Face Shape

Oval Face Shape

  • An oval face is defined by balanced features - cheekbones that rest higher than the middle of your face and a chin that is slightly narrower than the width of your forehead.
  • Many frames will look great on you, but you may want to avoid significantly rounded frames. Because the general rule is to go for frames that are shaped the opposite of your face shape, unswept corners are the way to go. They'll emphasize your cheekbones and make your jaw appear thinner and more angular.
  • Our Picks: Ashland, Amherst, Duke, Meadow, Prescott, Schaefer, Sutton, Verona
Heart Face Shape

Heart Face Shape

  • A heart-shaped face is defined by a broader forehead and narrower jawline and chin. This may appear as an upside-down triangle.
  • Because the width of your chin is narrower than the width of your forehead, you'll need to find a shape that balances these features. In order to minimize the width at the top of your face, choose a frame that will widen the look of your face on the bottom. Oval, rounder shapes are good for heart faces, as are glasses with a broader bottom than top. This will balance the width of your temples and chin.
  • Our Picks: Cornelia, Exeter, Schaefer, Sedgwick, Vanderbilt
Square Face Shape

Square Face Shape

  • A square face is defined by strong, well-defined angles in the forehead, cheeks, and jawline. Typically, your face is very angular from your cheekbones to your jawline.
  • Be sure to avoid glasses with hard lines that'll make your face look too boxy. A frame that is wider than the widest part of your face will help balance the proportion of a square face. To soften the angles in your face, go for a low-profile pair of glasses. Choosing glasses that are defined at the top will draw the eye away from your jawline.
  • Our Picks: Beaumont, Brighton, Exeter, Vanderbilt, Waverly
Oblong Face Shape

Oblong Face Shape

  • If you have an oblong face size, your face is longer than it is wide. It is typically very symmetrical, but the wrong frames can elongate the length of your face even more than you want.
  • You'll want to choose frames that are larger to break up the length of your face. If you have a round face, you'll want to choose darker frames that add angles, are structured, and are slim. If you have an angular face, look for a pair of rounder frames that have more depth than width. You'll want to break up the long lines of your face, so geometric frames will work well for you.
  • Our Picks: Duke, Prescott, Schaefer, Waverly

How to Measure the Fit of Eyeglasses Frames

Unlike shoe size or clothing size, frame size is not as simple as remembering one number. However, these numbers are universal, so understanding what they mean will undoubtedly help you find the perfect fit for you.

Frame Width

Frame width is the width of one lens.

The first number of a frame measurement (50-19-145) is the width of one lens measured in millimeters. Look at this number to give you a sense of a frame's overall width. Understanding this number is key because it is usually the most important factor in finding a pair of glasses that aren't too wide or too narrow for your face. As a rule of thumb, your eyes should be centered in the width of the lenses. A frame that is too wide will make your eyes look like they are set too close together, while a frame that is too narrow will exaggerate the width of your face.

Narrow Face

If you have a narrow face, look for frames in the 42mm to 45mm range. Frames like our Beaumont, Irving will work well with a narrower face.

Beumont in Caramel Horn
Irving in Carbon Black

Glasses

45

Medium Face

Medium faces can range anywhere from 46mm to 48mm. Our Dunham, Exeter, and Vanderbilt frames are all great fits for medium faces.

Dunham in Black Crystal
Exeter in Brandy Tortoise
Vanderbilt in Black Crystal

Glasses

48

Wide Face

Wider faces should look for frame widths that are from 49mm to 53mm. Our Meadow, Schaefer, and Waverly frames are all meant to perfectly compliment wider faces.

Meadow in Black Honey Lavender
Schaefer in Black Crystal
Waverly in Caramel Horn

Glasses

49

Bridge Width

Bridge width is the distance between the two lenses.

Bridge width is the second number in the string (50-19-145) and is also an important factor in determining the perfect fit of your glasses. The bridge measurement is the distance between the two lenses. If you have a narrow bridge or close set eyes, you will want this number to be lower in count (15mm to 18mm). If you have a wider bridge or wide set eyes, this number will typically fall higher (18mm to 22mm).

High Bridge Location

Also consider the location of the bridge in relation to the browline of the frame. Frames with bridges that are even with the browline such as our Ashland, Cooper, or Sutton models are great if the bridge of your nose is higher on your face (above your pupils).

Ashland in Brandy Tortoise
Cooper in Bonfire
Sutton in Black Crystal

Glasses

19

Low Bridge Location

Frames with a lower bridge and a more arched browline like our Meadow, Sedgwick, or T are best if the bridge of your nose sits lower on your face.

Meadow in Black Honey Lavender
T in Black Crystal

Glasses

21

Temple Length

Temple length is length of the 'arms' of the frame.

The third number in the string (50-19-145)—the temple length—is the measurement in millimeters of the 'arms' of the frame. This measurement does not vary as much as the others with 130 mm and 140m being the most common. If you have had problems with the temple length being too short, look for frames with lengths of 145mm and 150mm.

We hope this guide has helped find the right pair of glasses for you.

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