Eye Street Optical's Guide to Eyewear Frames
Looking for the right glasses in the Chantilly, VA area? At Eye Street Optical, we carry a variety of frames in every style imaginable. However, some styles are a better fit than others for you. Here's a quick guide to finding the right style for your facial shape and more:
A square face is often characterized by a strong jaw line, a broad forehead, and a wide chin and cheekbones. The width and length of the face are close to being equal. Frames should be selected to make the face look longer and to soften the square angles of the face. Choose frames that are slightly curved (like an oval shape) and that have more horizontal than vertical real estate.
The oval face is identifiable by its balanced proportions. The forehead is slightly wider than the chin and cheekbones are high. Frames should complement the natural proportions of the oval. Choose frames that are wide or wider than the broadest part of the face and that follow your brow line. Often, diamond or rectangular shapes work best for oval shapes.
Although fairly similar to an oval shape, an oblong face is longer than it is wide. The ideal frames will shorten the face by creating a break in the length of the face. Choose frames that have depth and a low bridge to shorten the nose. Try frames that are round, deep, have low-triangle shapes, or that have strong vertical lines.
A round or full face is characterized by having the same width and length. For round faces, frames that add length to the face often work best. Frames that lengthen the face are typically angular, narrow and are wider than they are deep. It is best to avoid round style frames as these will exaggerate the roundness and curves of the face.
A heart shaped face looks like a heart or a triangle with the point facing down. The forehead is very wide and cheekbones are high while the face narrows towards the chin. Counterbalance the narrow chin by choosing frames that are wider at the bottom. Generally, light colored and rimless frames work best, although aviator, butterfly and low-triangle styles also work well.
A base-down triangle face has a narrower forehead with full cheeks and a broad chin. To offset a broad chin, select frames that widen at the top. Great selections include frames that have heavy color accents and detail on the top part of the frames. Cat-eye shapes also work well to add width and emphasize the narrow upper part of the face.
A diamond shaped face is often characterized by high, dramatic cheekbones with a narrow eye line and jaw line. This shape is the rarest of all the shapes. Oval frames that are soft in style typically work best to highlight the eyes and cheekbones. Select frames that have detailing, distinctive brow lines, are rimless or a cat-eye shape for best results.
Frames for Every Face
Glasses for men and for women are both generally matched to facial shape. Which shape are you?
For Oval Face
The balanced facial proportions mean that many styles look great for oval face. Look for a pair of glasses as wide as the widest part of your face.
For Square Faces
Soften the angles of this face type with delicate frames, rounded corners, and oval-shaped lenses.
For Round Face
Elongation is the name of the game for round face. Look for narrow eyeglasses with an angular shape. Consider ones with a clear bridge over the nose.
For Heart Shaped Faces
Is your face wider at the top than the bottom? Thin or light-colored frames that are wider or bolder colored along with the bottom balance your face out.
For Triangle Faces
In the opposite of a heart-shaped face, here the jawline is wider than the forehead. Flip the advice in the last section around and choose a style with color and detail at the top half of the frame.
Frames for Your Lifestyle
People who spend a lot of time outside or doing sports need sports frames. These are ruggedly built with scratch- and impact-resistant lenses and sometimes a head strap.
If you work in a conservative environment, consider basic metal or black frames with a simpler design.
Does your lifestyle or job send you from offices to the outdoors and back again? Ask your optician about versatile frames with a lens coating that darkens in sunlight. These glasses become sunglasses when you're outside.
Glasses for Every Face
At Eye Street Optical in Chantilly, VA, one of our licensed opticians can help match you to just the right pair of glasses. We carry frames for men and for women so come by to see what we have in stock. You can call us at 703-830-6377 to schedule an appointment today!