How to Choose Spectacle Frames

Updated April 17, 2017

Spectacles or eyeglasses can cost quite a bit, so you need to find a pair that complements your features and personal style well. Spectacles not only improve your vision, they can also help accessorise your look. Finding the right pair requires time but, with some patience and know-how, you can score a pair of spectacles that fit your face perfectly (both physically and aesthetically).

Style your hair as you normally do on the day you shop for spectacle frames. This will give you an accurate idea of how the frames will look. If your hair is long, you may choose to pull it back from your face to allow you to focus on the frames.

Ask a friend to accompany you to the eyeglass store or optician's. If you can't locate a friend, ask the optician to give you a second opinion as you try on frames.

Examine your face in a mirror to determine its shape. Faces fall under one of seven categories: oval, round, square, diamond, heart, triangle or rectangular. Look at your forehead, temples, jawline and chin to determine which category best fits your face shape.

Balance an oval face shape with frames that are at least as wide as the widest part of your face. Most frame shapes will work well with oval faces.

Lengthen a round face using frames with higher temples or make eyes appear wider-set using rectangular-shaped lenses. Avoid round frames paired with a round face.

Soften the angles of a square face by selecting a frame that is wider than the broadest part of your face. Choose an oval or round frame to balance a square-shaped face.

Flatter a diamond-shaped face with rimless frames or glasses with decorative elements along the top. Cat-eye or larger frames look especially attractive on diamond-shaped faces.

Wear small square or rectangular-shaped lenses to contrast with a heart-shaped face. The square shapes draw attention to the eyes versus the angles of the face.

Flatter the bottom-heavy, triangular-shaped face by selecting frames that are larger and heavier on top. Choose a frame with a heavy upper rim and no lower rim for optimal balance.

Add width to an oblong, rectangular face using frames with decorative temples or wider dimensions.


Choose a frame that contrasts with your face shape. Also, ask your optician to ensure the frames are in scale to your face size. Try reiterating your most flattering features (eg. eye or hair colour) in your spectacle frames.

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