How to Choose the Best Glasses for Your Face

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Choosing eyeglasses is no simple feat, for anyone. These days there are so many choices out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. It is no longer plausible to simply head into your local Arlington eyeglass store and try on every frame they have. You could do it, but you would be there for a while. So where do you start? For starters, you should determine your face shape and coloring and then go from there. Certain eyeglasses look better on different people simply because of the shape of their face. Even though you may love the style and look of a certain frame, sometimes they just don’t work with your face. The secret to looking – and feeling – great in glasses is to match them with your face shape. But how do you do that? Here are a few guidelines to help you out:

  • Take a flexible tape measure and take the following measurements:
    • Forehead – Pull the tape measure from one eyebrow arch to the other and record that number
    • Cheekbones – Measure across your upper cheeks, starting and ending at the outer corner of the eye
    • Jawline – Measure your jaw all the way across your face at the widest point
    • Face length – Measure from the center of your hairline to the very tip of your chin
  • Now that you have your measurements handy, use them to determine your face shape:
    • Round – You have similar measurements for your cheekbones and face length. These numbers are larger than your forehead and jawline, which should also have a similar measurement
    • Square – All measurements are about the same and the angle of your jaw is sharp
    • Oblong – The face length measurement is the largest whereas forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are all about the same
    • Oval – Face length is larger than the width of your cheekbones, and the forehead is larger than the jawline. People with an oval face have a rounded jaw.
    • Heart – If your forehead is the widest part of your face and your chin is pointed, you have a heart-shaped face.

Once you have the shape of your face dialed in, you can start to select the best glasses for you. Here is a little breakdown as to what type of glasses works best for each face shape:

  • Round – Opt for eyeglass frames that are square or rectangular and a little wider than your face. They can enhance your features and make it appear slimmer and longer when you go with these types of frames. Avoid rimless, round, and small frames.
  • Oval – People with oval-shaped faces should look for frames that have a strong bridge, are wider than the broadest part of the face, and geometric in shape. Avoid glasses that are oversized and cover up more than half of your face.
  • Square – Frames that soften the angularity and sit high on the bridge of the nose complement people with square faces the most. Avoid angular and boxy frames that draw attention to your angular features.
  • Heart – Look for frames that will balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin. Steer clear of any frames that draw attention to the forehead, such as color frames or those with decorative temples and embellished tops.

We are happy to help you find the best frames for your face. Come into our Arlington eyeglasses store today and talk to one of our friendly associates about finding the right eyeglasses or sunglasses for your features.

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