Three quarters of American adults need corrective lenses. For those who opt for glasses, the frames become an integral part of their look. But how do you find the best frame for your face?
Different Frame Types for Different Faces
Many too-simple guides promise to sync certain frame styles to specific face shapes. However, the fact is that many faces do not fit a particular shape, but lie somewhere between extremes (eg "oval" or "square"). Choosing the right eyewear does not mean following a formula, but understanding the effects of certain frames when you set them up.
Let's take a look at some of the most common shapes and styles of eyewear. and how they can complement (or distract from) your facial features. Use this as a reference for your decisions ̵
Thick pictures are meaningful look, which remains popular, even if currently thinner versions are in vogue.
While thick frames were once the daring, hip choice for eyewear, they've now taken their place among the classic looks. The thicker the frame, the bolder your glasses will be. This means that with small, sensitive facial features, there is a risk that a pair of thick frames will overtax your face and put you at the center.
For some, however, this powerful effect may be what you are looking for. If you want your eyewear to be the center of your face, consider a thicker frame. Otherwise, avoid thick frames, unless you have bold facial features (such as large eyes or protruding cheekbones) to improve your balance. Wire frames work well for softer, rounded designs for a more neutral look.
These thin frames offer one of the most universally flattering looks in glasses, as they make no bold statement on your face. Delicate wire glasses enhance your characteristics better. This is ideal for those who do not want their glasses to be the boldest part of their look, or for those with small features.
If you do not like the idea of wire frames You can also choose a thin plastic pair to achieve the same effect. Choose clear plastic or a translucent, neutral color for a subtle look.
Most glasses guides recommend square or square-eyed glasses to wear eyeglasses with round frames. In general, they are right: contrasting your face shape with your frame shape can result in a well-balanced overall picture.
However, round frames may look good on those with round face shapes if you want to emphasize this aspect. A softer, rounded face is often associated with a more feminine look. So, if you want to enhance your feminine side, consider rounded glasses.
How can you tell if your face is round? Features like full cheeks and a soft chin usually give a rounded look. Round frames draw more attention to the softness of your face.
Square or angular faces, on the other hand, tend to provide more male energy. You can emphasize this feature with a pair of square frames. If you have a round face, you can reduce the roundness by setting them with square frames.
Again, there is no rule for the match of face shape and frame shape. Instead, it's about deciding which facial features you want to pay the most attention to. For example, square frames make a square jaw more visible, while round frames soften it.
In addition to choosing the style of your frame, you must also consider the size.  Following the rules is a little more important when it comes to the size of the glasses than the shape. If you choose images that are too big or too small for your face, they can look funny or costume-like.
To avoid this effect, check the position of the images on your face. The edges of the frames should not protrude beyond the edges of your face or land very far in your facial contours. Ideally, your eyes are horizontal in the middle of the lenses and vertical in the upper third of the lenses. If you have correctly fitted glasses, you will also be able to see through them more easily.
If you have adjusted the frames correctly, the other size aspects are purely aesthetic. If you have small eyes, a big pair of glasses makes them look even smaller.
On the other hand, small glasses can make big eyes look bigger. In general, it is a safe matter to adjust the image size to the eye size. Wear a smaller version if your eyes are small, and vice versa.
Imagine the frame of your glasses as a picture frame for your eyes. Just as with framing a photo, the frame should conform to the shape, but not cut off at the edges.
Choosing the best eyewear for you
Now you know how certain styles of eyewear affect your shape Look, you can try out the countless options your favorite eyewear retailer offers.
Although we have not covered every single specific style of eyewear, you can apply this information to any eyewear you look at – even sunglasses. For example, you now know that goggles with sharp angles, such as square or cat-eye frames, downplay round features and emphasize angled ones.
Understanding how different goggles play with your facial features will help you choose the couple you love most. For example, if you love your square cheekbones, you can highlight them with square eyeglasses. Rather than following a list of rules, this guide will help you choose frames that show your features in your preferred ways.