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how to find your frame

There’s no end to the number of face shape guides out there on the internet, all of them offering more or less the same four or five suggestions. Square jaw? Look for round frames. Round face? Go for something angular.

While the overall face shape is important to consider, our guide will reveal some of the other, often overlooked elements of frame selection that go beyond the size of your cheekbones.

This step by step guide will start with basic face shapes and then dig into other elements like characterstic features and complementary style choices.

Round Faces

The typical recommendation for round faces is to find a frame with sharper angles and hard straight lines to contrast and balance the softer lines of this shape.

However, this suggestion assumes that facial features on a rounded face will also be round and soft in character, when this is very often not the case. Rounded faces can have have straight browlines, straight and sharp noses, and even angular laugh lines. If this is you, then look for a something in the cat-eye family. These frames are typically angular towards the edges, and more rounded in the center of the design. This will help to give contrast to the outline of your face, while also setting off your sharper feature shapes.

The last element to consider here is how the rest of your look can complement your frame choice, and even open up more possibilities for your particular face shape.

A high collared coat or a wide brimmed hat can offer an added set of angles to contrast a rounded feature set. This opens up more options for rounded designs that would otherwise not offer enough contrast.

To set off sharper features, choose an outfit that emphasises the naturalistic. Organic colors and flowing fabrics are key.

Round Faces suggestions

NERD

NERD

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PERFECT MATCH

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PERFECT MATCH - zhadez.com
TILDA - zhadez.com

TILDA

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TILDA - zhadez.com

Square Faces

Square faces are thougt to be the most distinct of the faces. Their strong lines and geometric shape allow for quite a lot of contrast from other elements. When pairing sunglasses, it is best to follow the common wisdom and choose something rounded and curved - softer facial features typically won’t offset the strong angles of the square shape. However, it’s also important to consider color - a rounded frame in a shade similar to the skin tone will blend rather than contrast the hard lines. With more distinct shapes, it’s also important to know what to avoid. For strong shapes like a square jaw, stay away from flat top and sharper cat eye designs, as they can overemphasize these features, or even make them seem out of place by creating awkward angles.

When pairing sunglasses, it is best to follow the common wisdom and choose something rounded and curved - softer facial features typically won’t offset the strong angles of the square shape. However, it’s also important to consider color - a rounded frame in a shade similar to the skin tone will blend rather than contrast the hard lines.

With more distinct shapes, it’s also important to know what to avoid. For strong shapes like a square jaw, stay away from flat top and sharper cat eye designs, as they can overemphasize these features, or even make them seem out of place by creating awkward angles.

Accessories for this face shape should generally be of a softer, more relaxed style. A flowing dress or anything with a lower cut will bring balance.

Or, for a more professional lok you can play up the more modern, angular style with a well cut blazer or similar.

Square Faces suggestions

BIG SISTER ALI

BIG SISTER ALI

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LORENA

LORENA

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EVELYN

EVELYN

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Oblong Faces

The oblong shape is characterized mostly by its long length against narrow width. Rounder frame styles can offset this length, but the vertical symmetry of this type makes it work well with most styles. The only caveat is that wider styles should be avoided, as they can emphasize the narrowness of this shape.

Aside from those basic rules, the oblong face has freedom of experimentation. Don’t forget to consider how your feature shapes will play into your choice; with all the freedom you have, these features can provide a good starting point.

Cat-eye frames can be a great choice, as they draw attention to the upsweep of the cheek bones, especially if the lower sweep of the frame matches the angle of your cheekbone sweep.

Accessories can play a big role with the oblong face. Try a set of eyecatching earrings or add some volume to your hairstyle.

In general look for items that horizontally frame the face, especially around the lower portion.

Oblong Faces suggestions

BAMBI - zhadez.com

BAMBI

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LIMA

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BARBIE

BARBIE

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Heart Shaped

The heart shaped face is widest towards the cheekbones and forehead, and more narrow at the chin and jawline. The common wisdom for this shape is to choose accessories that balance the size difference between the top and bottom portions of the face.

Because glasses sit between the two hemispheres, they are a great tool for smoothing out the transition between the two. Choosing a rounded frame can de-emphasize forehead width while flowing into the more narrow jawline without looking too wide for everything below the cheekbones.

Two tone and gradient frames are a great way to emphasize length, as they break the shape into two separate halves. The stronger the contrast the more pronounced this effect is.

Adding emphasis to the lower half of the face is one of the easiest ways to balance the heart. Sunglasses that sit lower on the face can do this by obscuring the position of the eyes.

A light scarf or even a bolder shade of lipstick can also help to draw attention towards the lower part of the face.

Heart Shaped suggestions

TALOR - zhadez.com

TALOR

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KEY WEST - zhadez.com

KEY WEST

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VERY POSH | Mirror

VERY POSH | Mirror

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Oval Faces

The oval face is similar to the heart, but its width is greatest at the middle of the face, narrowing at both the forehead and chin. This type varies in length to width ratio, but is characterized by vertical balance. This balance means you can play with a lot of different styles, but this also means that the best choice for you is less obvious.

If your cheekbones are especially prominent you can choose frames that flow into them, mimicing their shape and integrating rather than contrasting them.

If your face tends towards the longer end of the spectrum then try a style with a more bold and intereting shape. These will provide a point of interest in the center of the face and balance the length. The classic Clubmaster frame or any half frame design are a great choice for this effect.

Because this shape is so versatile, you’ll want to look to the shape of your features for contrast. Sharper, more mousey features always work well with rounded styles, and of course rounded features will play off of angular styles.

Oval Faces suggestions

SILVER STAR PILOT - zhadez.com

SILVER STAR

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CATHERINE

CATHERINE

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CATHERINE | Clear

CATHERINE | Clear

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universal style considerations

Faceshape is a helpful starting point, but don’t let it stop you from experimenting with styles outside the typical recommendations. The most important thing to consider is the vibe you’re going for with your overall look. You wouldn’t wear your running glasses to the club, no matter how well they fit your face shape!

Color is an aspect of sunglasses we don’t often consider closely enough. A good starting point is to find out if you have a warmer or cooler undertone to your skin. Look at the veins on the underside of your wrist: if they appear greenish then you’ve got a warmer undertone, if they’re more blue-purple, then your undertone is likely cooler. Use this as a point of contrast and choose blues, greens, or silver if you’re on the warmer end. Gold, amber, and more rosy hues provide good subtle contrast for those with cooler under tones

Also consider the practical side of eyewear. If you’re planning for a day in the sun, choose a style that will offer more protection, and more coverage - darker, oversized frames are your friend. If you know you’ll be wearing your glasses all day, choose something frameless, lighter weight will help keep you comfortable over long periods.

Whatever you do, don’t categorize yourself out of freedom of choice. Almost any frame can work on any face given the right set of complements. Experiment with all the different choices - there’s no better way to find what suits you best.

Check out our collections page for some inspiration.