Frames that Flatter your Face Shape



In last week's post, I mentioned the two rules of thumb for finding great glasses:


Rule #1: Keep the frames in proportion with your overall face size. 


Rule #2: Choose a shape that balances out (read: opposite to) your facial features. 

We received so many great comments and requests for stylist advice, that I decided to do a deeper-dive on which styles are most flattering for each face shape.  

How in the heck do I actually know my face shape?


The most common question was how in the world to figure out your face shape.  If you want the easiest way, make your DITTO and ask one of our trained stylists!  But for Do-It-Yourselfers out there, here's the trick:


Look in the mirror or start with a photo of your face.  Imagine 3 pairs of dots: the first on either side of the forehead, the second on either side of the cheekbones close to the level of the eyes, and the third at the jaw line at the level of the mouth. Then you compare the distance between the dots at each level.


Using this information, you can find out whether your face shape is oval, oblong, round, square, base down triangle, base up triangle (or heart), or diamond shaped. Here's a breakdown of each:



Oval

If the dots on your cheekbones are furthest apart and the dots on your forehead and jawline are about equally shaped, you have an oval face shape. Consider yourself lucky – you can wear just about any style and pull it off! Just make sure to balance the proportion of your face. For example, if you have small features, don’t select a giant frame. Also, you’ll want to make sure that the frames are as wide or slightly wider than the broadest part of your face.


Here are a few (of the many) frames that will look great on your face:
Jason Wu "Jodie"


Ray-Ban "Original Wayfarer"



Here are a few celebrities that share your face shape:


Julia Roberts
Jude Law




Oblong

If the widths of the dots are roughly equal, and your face is longer than it is wide, your face would be considered oblong. For this face shape, you should choose frames that have longer vertical dimensions with rounder shapes. 

Here are a few frames that will look great on your face:





Derek Lam "239"
Jason Wu "Seberg"



Here are a few celebrities that share your face shape:


Kelly Rowland


Michael Phelps


Round

This shape is similar to oval, except that the dots on the forehead and jawline are only slightly narrower than the cheekbones. The width and length of the face are roughly equal. For this shape, you should choose frames that make the face appear longer and thinner. Frames that are wider than they are deep can achieve this illusion. You’ll want to avoid excessively round or square frames, as these can exaggerate the roundness of the face.

Here are a few frames that will look great on your face:



John Varvatos "V336"
Maui Jim "Wiki Wiki"

 Here are a few celebrities that share your face shape:


Gennifer Goodwin


Nick Lachey


Square


Similar to oblong, the dots for a square face are roughly equal widths, but the width and height of the face are nearly equal. To soften the angular appearance of the face, you’ll want to choose frames that are oval or have curved corners and are wider than they are long. 


Here are a few frames that will look great on your face:


Anglo American "406"


Jason Wu "Abbey"


Celebrities who share your shape: 


Sandra Bullock


Josh Duhamel



Base Down Triangle


If the dots are your forehead are closest together and increase in width down the length of the face, you have a base down triangular face. Your forehead is narrow while your cheeks are jawline are broader. Cat eye shaped frames are very flattering for females with this face shape, while square frames attractive for males. Semi rimless frames work well for this face shape, as they give the illusion of wideness at the forehead level. Choose darker colors or bolder frames to also add a bit of weight to balance the broadness of the chin.

Here are a few frames that will look great on your face:


Elizabeth and James "Fairfax"


Starck Eyes "PL1043"
Celebrities who share your face shape: 


Minnie Driver


Kanye West


 Base up triangle (Heart)

This shape is the opposite of the base down triangle and is sometimes called a heart shape. Your cheekbones will be higher and the face will narrow toward the chin. For this shape, you’ll want to choose frame styles that angle outward at the bottom. Aviators are definitely a good choice with this face shape. Light colors and delicate or rimless frames can help to deemphasize the broad forehead. We also like vintage frames that are longer vertically which can also balance out your forehead.

Here are a few frames that will look great on your face:



Ray-Ban "Large Metal Aviator"


TAG Heuer "Trends 8101"
7 for All Mankind "728"

Celebrities who share your shape: 


Reese Witherspoon
Ryan Gosling



 Diamond

This shape is very similar to oval, except that the dots forehead and jawline are narrower. Your face may appear more angular and your cheekbones may be a bit higher. In this case, you’ll want to choose frames similar to those for a base down triangular face – those that are heavier on top will work well. You’ll want to avoid frames that are wider than the cheekbones, or those that have a straight top and curved bottom. Lighter colors and weight are preferable. 

Here are a few frames that will look great on your face:



Westward Leaning "Louisiana Purchase"


Derek Lam "223"
Celebrities who share your shape: 


Jennifer Aniston


Dane Cook


We hope this helps you find the most flattering frames for your face and feel like a million bucks!  And again, if you aren't sure of your face shape, just create your DITTO and chat with one of our stylists. They will be able to see your DITTO and give you personalized advice.

Have fun!