3 Things To Consider When Choosing Eyeglasses

Some people do not like wearing glasses, so how they look on our face and the process of choosing the right pair is important. Trying on every single pair of frames in the store is always an option, but a less time consuming idea is to determine the shape and colouring of your face. With this process you can easily understand which eyeglass frame styles and colour compliment your features the best.

When matching eyeglass frames to face shape consider the following 3 points:

  1. Eyeglass should repeat your best feature, an example might be blue frames to blue eyes.
  2. The frame should contrast with your face shape.
  3. The frame should be to scale with your face size.

Faces are generally a combination of shapes and angles, so the 7 basic shapes are listed here:

  1. Oval is considered to be the ideal shape with its balanced proportions. To balance the oval shape out, frames that are as wide as the broadest part of your face are suggested.
  2. Base up triangle is a face wider in the top third than the bottom third. Choose frames that are wider at the bottom, lighter coloured, or wireless to minimize the wider top portion of the face.
  3. Oblong is a face longer than it is wide with long, straight cheek lines and a longer nose. To balance this shape, choose frames with more depth than width, and add decorative or contrasting temples to make the face appear wider.
  4. Square faces have a strong jawline and broad forehead, with width and length in proportion. They look best with wire frame styles, frames with more width than depth, or narrow ovals.
  5. Diamond shaped faces are narrow at the eyeline and jawline with broad cheekbones. Choose glasses that highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, and that feature distinctive brow lines or detailing. Rimless wire frames, an oval or cat eye shape work well also.
  6. Round faces often want to elongate their features. To make a round face appear longer, thinner and more angular, choose light frames that lengthen the face and a clear bridge that widens the eye area.
  7. Base down triangle, with its narrow cheek and chin area need added width for balance. Frames that are heavily accented with colour and detail on the top or cat eye shapes add emphasis to the top third of the face.

After you’ve had your comprehensive eye exam with our Optometrists in Calgary, should you require corrective lenses you will be prepared with the information provided  to choose the best eyeglass frames for your face.

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