If you’re like me, you have a hard time finding the perfect pair of glasses. Either they’re far too chunky for your face or just small enough to look ridiculous. After trying so many different styles over the years, I finally gave up thinking I’d never look right in a pair… how will my dreams of being a hipster come true?!… Cue the ‘Face Shape Guide‘. Since identifying my facial structure, I’ve been able to select silhouettes of glasses that match my features. I have a heart-shaped face, which sounds rather girly but I’ll take it! I’ve been fitted and framed with some amazing styles (like the above from Warby Parker) that beckon compliment after compliment from friends (and sometimes, total strangers).
Since making this discovery, my whole world has changed! I’m kidding… not a whole lot has changed, but I do look better with glasses on and that counts for something, right? I know how hard it can be to find your perfect pair, so I hoped to take some of the guess work out for you.
Angular face with a defined jaw line, wide forehead and strong chin.
Break up your right angles with round or oval frames, which will help soften the lines. Glasses with defined temples will also work well for your face’s shape.
Full cheeks, rounded chin with few angles. Width and length are proportional.
With a round face, try more angular glasses that will add dimension to your face. Rectangular and oblong pairs will make your face look thinner and longer.
Narrow forehead and eye line. Face widens at the cheeks and the chin.
Try semi-rimless frames that accentuate your upper face or top-heavy styles that will balance out your stronger jawline.
Face is longer than it is wide with a longer nose, high cheekbones, and tall forehead.
Decorative temples will add width to your face, while a taller frame/rim will make your face look shorter.
Fairly balanced proportions. Chin is narrower than forehead while cheekbones are high.
Most frames will work for your face, while rectangular or abstract pairs will add angles to the soft curves in your face.
Small forehead and chin with narrowed jaw and eye lines. Angular features with defined cheekbones.
Your cheekbones are the star of the show, define them with top-heavy styles that feature decorative temples. Rimless styles will also work well for your frame.
Broad forehead and wide cheek bones that narrow into a smaller chin.
Bottom-heavy frames will add width to the lower face, while narrow, round frames will soften a wide forehead.
** The pairs shown above are care of Warby Parker.
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Justin Livingston is the founder and editor of Scout Sixteen. He lives in New York City with a cactus and an unwavering love for whiskey. See more from Justin below...