Choosing Eyeglass Frames by Face Shape
Get a general idea of the best frames for your face type and then hit the stores armed with these tips. Remember, eyeglass frames are a great way to express yourself.
Eyeglass Frames for Women By Your Face Shape
Select frames that make your face appear longer and balance out your features. Rectangular lenses are a good general rule, but make sure the frame isn’t too harsh – it’s all about details. Heavier, chunky frames are great, they also update your style without changing anything else. Think bold and contemporary.
You’ll want a pair of frames that soften your strong features without overwhelming the geometry of your face. Try oval and round frames with a lighter frame, gradually increasing the size and chunkiness until you find the perfect fit.
Oblong faces have a lot of flexibility – you can try round, rectangular or square frames. Simply find a pair that you feel balances your look and doesn’t add extra length to your features. You have the advantage of being able to wear the less conventional and artistic shapes as well. Feel free to experiment.
If you have an oval shaped face the sky is the limit as to which glasses you can wear. You aren’t bound by shape restrictions, style or material, so try as many looks as you like. Cat eye, heavy and chunky, wire or gold – the choice is yours.
Heart shaped faces look balanced with an upswept frame that pulls attention to the eyes and away from the chin. Think cat eye, angled rectangle or any other frame that looks a little "retro" – that’s the most feminine and flattering style for you.
Shop Around for a Bargain
Grab a few magazines and search "Celebrity Glasses" online. You’ll find more inspiration and current ideas this way. Save, tear or print your favorite images and bring those with you to the optician or retail store.
You Don’t Have to Buy to Try
Just because you tried on the Vogue eyewear or Chanel frames, doesn’t mean you have to buy them. Test out the most expensive brands first, and figure out which style and shape you want. Then adjust your expectations according to budget - some upscale frames can cost more than $400 without lenses and you may be able to find something almost identical from a brand of cheap eyeglass frames.
Now that you’ve found a look and shape you like, ask your salesperson for as many frames in that style as possible, at all price points. (There are frames in all styles for nearly any budget, so don’t think you have to splurge to look great.)
Take a Chance
If you love a look but feel it’s too "trendy" or daring for you, those are the glasses you need to buy. Once you’ve been wearing your new style for a few weeks, your self-image will adjust.
So don’t be shy, your eyeglasses are one of the few accessories you’ll wear every day.
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