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Choosing the Right Eyeglass Frames

choosing the right frames for your faceThe following information will help you to identify your own face shape, guiding you towards the most flattering and comfortable frame for you. Start by looking into a mirror and take your hair back from the sides of your face so that you can study the outline of your face to define which category you fall into.

The oval face:

Oval faces have foreheads that are slightly wider than the rest of the face and the sides of the face taper gently inwards towards the jaw line.  This shape is the so called “standard of beauty" and is therefore perhaps the easiest to suit.

Frame shapes to try:

Almost any style is suitable; round, oval, angular or upswept. Attention should be paid to the fitness of the bridge and the size of the frame.


The round face:

A round face is usually short and fairly wide. Cheeks may be full leading to a soft, rounded chin.


Frame shapes to try:

The illusion of a slimmer face can often be created if round styles are avoided. Choose frames that are distinctive, angular, almost square, with designs that accentuate the upper part of face. Look for frames with high temples and up-swept “cat’s eye” styles.


The Heart-Shaped or Triangular face:

This face features a small neat chin and mouth leading up to broader forehead.


Frame shapes to try

Choose angular frames with strong vertical lines.  Avoid frame shapes which mirror the angle of the jaw and in doing so draw attention to it.


The square face:

The square face is angular and well-defined but can be quite short and wide.


Frame shapes to try:

The square face shape should not be echoed by the frame, try soft round frame shapes or large ovals. Avoid very small or insignificant styles, as these will only emphasize the squareness of the face.


The long face:

The long face is characterized by high cheekbones, a deep forehead and a strongly defined sharp chin line.


Frame shapes to try:

The long shape can benefit from enhancing the width of the face so try wide, large framed glasses in oval or round styles.


The main factors that determine the best color palette are the colors of the skin, eyes and hair.



Skin tone is the prime element in determining coloring. All complexions fall into one of two color bases — blue (cool) or yellow (warm). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a "peaches and cream" or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow.

In the United States, cool, blue-based complexions are more common than the yellow-based warm complexions. About 60 percent of the population is "cools."


Eye colors usually are a secondary element in determining coloring because of the many variations of eye color. For example, blue eyes can range from a cool almost violet to a pale blue-gray, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) through a medium-brown to a cool almost black.



Hair colors also are considered warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black, white, auburn, salt-and-pepper and ash brown are cool. Warm hair colors include golden blond, brownish black, brown-gold, "carrot" and "dirty" gray.


Eyeglass Frame Colors

Once you have determined if you are "warm" or "cool," then you can find the eyeglass frame colors that will suit you the best.
Some examples of frame colors best for warm coloring are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue and blond tortoise.

For cool coloring, the best eyeglass frame hues are black, silver, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue and demi-amber (darker) tortoise.

Which Colors Are "In" for Apparel and Eyeglass Frames?

If you keep abreast of fashion trends, then you probably pay attention to the colors that dominate each season on the runways, in fashion magazines and clothing stores.

Retailers and manufacturers adjust their apparel and accessories colors according to what designers think consumers will consider most appealing at a given time. Eyewear designers create frames in the latest colors, too.

Pantone, the company that produces color palettes for graphic designers, fabric manufacturers, paint makers, interior decorators and more, release color fashion reports each spring and fall.