Face shapes

Everyone's face is different. The shape of your face will determine the types of style that suit you, and which styles won't look as good. Taking into account your face shape, you can select styles of glasses that will look their best.

Our advice about face shapes helps you determine what face shape you have, and which glasses will enhance and complement your looks rather than masking them. Choosing a frame that complements your face shape is one of the most important considerations when selecting your glasses.

Our guide to face shapes and the styles that suit these shapes best will hopefully make that task a little easier. Our in-store experts can also give you guidance and advice on frames that will suit your face shape best. Here we list the seven basic face shapes, and which styles work with those shapes. Whether you have a classic 'oval' or a less common 'diamond' face shape, the right pair of glasses can enhance your style and make you look and feel fabulous!

  • Oval

    With a rounded chin and forehead, the proportions of your face are perfectly balanced. This means that most frame shapes will look great on an oval face, which typically appears longer than it is wide. To maintain this natural balance, choose frames which are as wide, or slightly wider, as the broadest part of your face. Also consider oversized or bold shapes, such as aviators.

  • Square

    With an aim to soften your strong jaw line and make your face look longer, go for narrow frames with more width than depth, particularly oval and round styles. You should avoid square styles, which will look out of balance with the rest of the face. And instead of darker acetate frames, perhaps opt for metal frames with a thin profile.

  • Round

    With characteristic full cheeks and a rounded chin, the aim when choosing frames for a circular face is to create as much definition as possible. To make your face appear narrower and longer, go for angular, narrow frame styles. A clear bridge will also help to emphasise your eyes, while frames that are more rectangular and wider will balance the shape of the face.

  • Heart-shaped

    A broad brow and a narrow chin define this face shape, for which frames that elongate your look, direct attention downward and even out proportions are a good choice. Look out for light-coloured or rimless glasses, or, to broaden the lower part of your face, frames which are bottom heavy. Rounded frames or cat-eye style are also a good choice.

Hair colour

In the same way you choose complementary colour clothes to suit your complexion and hair colour, you should apply these principles when selecting your glasses. If you have fair hair, softer pastel shades or transparent or metal frames will ensure that your glasses don't overwhelm your face. Black or brown hair works well with more dramatic frames. Our guide to choosing your frames takes into account this important factor, helping you pick the colours that suit you best.

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