Frame Style Guide

Select a face shape that describes yours best, for recommendations on styles that bring out your best features.

Oval

A well-balanced face - the top half balances the bottom half.

OBLONG/
Rectangle

Long, narrow face (oblong) with a square chin (rectangle).

square

A wide forehead, cheek and chin area where the jaw is relatively angular in appearance.

round

A large, curved forehead with a rounded chin. The face looks full and has very few angles.

heart

The forehead is the widest part of the face, then it narrows gradually to the chin, which is slightly pointed.

diamond

A small forehead, wide temple area that gradually decreases to a small chin area.

low triangle

A narrow forehead where the face gradually becomes fuller at the cheek and chin area.

Oval

A well-balanced face - the top half balances the bottom half. Considered an ideal shape for any frame.

Enhancement:
If the face is full, it has to be lengthened. If it is thin, if should be broadened.

Frame Choices:
Any frame style looks good on this face shape with the possible exception of extreme geometric designs.

OBLONG/Rectangle

Long, narrow face (oblong) with a square chin (rectangle).

Enhancement:
To shorten the face and add width. To give a rounder and fuller feel to a face.

Frame Choices:
Round or square vintage-inspired designs will shorten and soften this face shape.

Square

A wide forehead, cheek and chin area where the jaw is relatively angular in appearance.

Enhancement:
To soften the angularity of the face and to add length, if needed.

Frame Choices:
Vintage Rounds and rimless designs are good choices to balance out this face shape.

Round

A large, curved forehead with a rounded chin. The face looks full and has very few angles.

Enhancement:
To slim the face and add length.

Frame Choices:
Use narrow frame with higher temple attachment. A square frame is the best selection to balance this face shape. Other styles that work well include modified geometric shapes; the newer geometric vintage designs look well on round faces.

Heart

The forehead is the widest part of the face, then it narrows gradually to the chin, which is slightly pointed.

Enhancement:
To make the forehead appear more narrow and to add width to the chin and cheek area.

Frame Choices:
Rimless designs or modified wayfarer balance out this face shape.

Diamond

A small forehead, wide temple area that gradually decreases to a small chin area.

Enhancement:
The challenge lies in extending the forehead and chin area by minimizing the temple area.

Frame Choices:
Unobtrusive frames work best (metal or rimless). Light to medium weight frame. Lighter color and rounded in shape. The styles that look best on this face shape are shallow ovals, geometric, and rectangles.

Low Triangle

A narrow forehead where the face gradually becomes fuller at the cheek and chin area.

Enhancement:
To add width to the forehead, and soften and slim chin and cheek area.

Frame Choices:
Rimless designs and vintage squares favorably accent this face shape.

Other style considerations

Frame Vertical & Horizontal Dimensions

The deeper the frame relative to the length of the face, the shorter will be the appearance of the face

The wider the frame relative to the width of the face, the narrower will be the appearance of the face

Frame Colour & Thickness

The colour & thickness of the frame will affect the relative appearance of the width and depth of a face. These are the general rules when selecting a frame:

Thicker and darker frame will narrow the face dimension

Thinner frame and lighter color frame has less influence on a face. Used correctly, these frame will widen or lengthen a face.

A frame colour that is close to the wearer’s complexion will give the person a more conservative, thoughtful or softer look.

A frame color with higher contrast to the wearer’s complexion will give the person a bolder, fun & eye-catching look.