The best glasses for your face shape
A Guide by The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear.
Whether you are short-sighted, astigmatic or long-sighted, you can breathe a sigh of relief: glasses have stopped being nerd-exclusive and sunglasses have taken on a status of fashion staple as the perfect addition to complete your outfit.
Nowadays, eyeglasses and sunglasses are a signature fashion accessory, to the point that even celebrities frequently wear glasses to red carpets events and, if chosen correctly, they can make you look more attractive by harmonizing your facial features. To figure out the most flattering frames for your face, you should begin by determining your face shape—all you need is yourself, a mirror and, if you don’t trust your eye-measuring skills, a ruler.
Look directly into the mirror and take note of the outline of your face, the jawline, the hairline and your most prominent facial features. Measure across your forehead at its widest point, then across your cheekbones, your jawline and finally the length of your face, from the hairline to the chin. Make sure you are home alone while doing this to avoid embarrassing questions.
OVAL FACE SHAPE
If your face is twice as long as it is wide with a narrower forehead and jawline, you got lucky in the genetic lottery. The oval face shape is the most balanced and versatile, allowing you to pull off almost any glasses frames—now you only have to find the glasses that suit your style the most.
ROUND FACE SHAPE
Round faces tend to be soft, with full cheeks and a slightly rounded jaw, while width and length of your face are roughly the same. To better balance out your features, you can project the appearance of a longer, more angular face by sticking with square frames.
SQUARE FACE SHAPE
If the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are equal, it’s likely you have a square face. To offset your angular features and sharp jawline, choose between round, oval and aviator frame glasses.
RECTANGULAR FACE SHAPE
Rectangular face shapes are longer than they are wide, with a forehead and a jawline about equal in width. To harmonize your features, add width to your face by choosing a cool pair of round or oval eyeglasses.
TRIANGLE FACE SHAPE
If your jawline is wider than your cheekbones which in turn are wider than your forehead, you have a triangle face shape. To balance out your prominent jawline and give the illusion of a broader forehead, look for frames that are heavier at the top and lighter at the bottom, like browline glasses.
Heart-shaped faces are wider at the forehead and gently narrow toward the jawline to a pointy chin. Typically featuring killer cheekbones, they tend to look even better when paired with oval, even slightly oversized frames to offset the broad forehead.
Ultimately, the right eyewear can help you express your personality and shape how you are perceived. The real secret is to find the shape and style that works for you and wear your glasses with confidence. As Dumas once said, “Life is fascinating: one just has to look through the right glasses”.