Spectacle Shape Styling

Just in time for the new year, we are going to give you tips on making over your glasses. A simple change in glasses can make over a person’s image more than any other single improvement! Let’s go.faceshape

Narrowing down your frame choices in advance will save you a lot of time and aggravation. You simply need to determine your face shape, coloring, sizing and functionality to understand which spectacles will look best on you.

You should consider four main points when choosing an eyeglass frame for your face shape:
1. The frame shape should contrast with and compliment your face shape.

2. Eyewear should compliment your eye, skin and hair coloring, as well as mesh with what colors you wear.

3. The frame size should be sized and in scale with your eye, face and body size.

4. The glasses should be functional and have lenses designed for your needs.

Today, we will discuss face shape. While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are nine basic face shapes: oblong, oval, round, rectangular, square, triangular, diamond, inverted triangle and heart. At Unique Optique, our opticians are trained in image consulting to best match you with your ideal color, shape and style of frames. Here is a further description of these face shapes and which types of frames work best for each.


An oblong face is longer than it is wide, has a long straight cheek line and sometimes sports a longish nose. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative temples that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose. Make sure the hinge attaches at the vertical middle of the frame.



An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. Most frame shapes will work on an oval face.  To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as the broadest part of the face, or frames that are not too deep or too narrow.  An angular shape that contrasts the oval will also work.


A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular eyeglass frames to contrast the softness of the face and frames that are wider than they are deep (such as a rectangular shape) to lengthen the face. Frames with hinges located above eye level can lengthen the face.


A rectangular face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, combined with a long face. The goal here is the make the face look wider, more proportional and less angular. Choose an oval shape to counteract the angles of the face and make sure the frame is at least as wide as the width of the face.



A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and soften the angles, try frames that are narrow and have more width than depth. Narrow oval frames soften the square face. Frames with hinges above the eye level can help lengthen the face.


A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. Choose frame styles that angle up and outward at the top outer corners. To add width, try spectacles that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or cat-eye shapes. Frames with rimless bottoms pleasantly emphasize the top of the face.


Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have distinctive brow lines, rimless frames, oval shapes or cat-eye stylings. Avoid decorative temples, as this accentuates the cheekbones. Make sure the width of the frame is no wider than the widest part of the face.

Inverted Triangle/ Heart Shaped

This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom with very light colors and materials. Rimless frame styles, which have a light, airy effect because the minimal frame is drilled directly into the lenses, are complimentary to this face shape. To add width to the jaw line, choose frames that angle out at the bottom, like aviators.

Check in next time for how to analyze your coloring. Please stop in to Unique Optique for your very own free frame shape analysis done by our image consultant opticians.


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