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How to Choose the Best Frames for Your Face Shape


Selecting the perfect pair of eyeglasses is one of the more exciting reasons for visiting the eye doctor. And for many, frame choices can have a huge impact on where they choose to have their eye exams performed. At SPEX, led by Dr. Scott Campbell, we’re proud to provide a variety of designer frames, including prescription sunglasses, in several shapes and sizes to fit all the different face shapes and patient styles. What’s more, our team is happy to help you along with the process of picking out your new glasses, from the first step of your exam all the way to deciding what shape, size, and color looks good on you. When you’re ready to schedule an eye exam, contact our office in Seattle, WA, to learn more.

What are the different face shapes?

Determining your face shape is the cornerstone of finding the right frames. Generally, face shapes are categorized into one of four types: oval, round, square, or heart.

  • Oval: An oval face has well-balanced proportions with a slightly rounded jaw and forehead.
  • Round: A round face features full cheeks and a rounded chin, making it almost as wide as it is long.
  • Square: A square face shape is identified by a strong jawline and pronounced cheekbones.
  • Heart: A heart-shaped face has a wider forehead that narrows toward the jaw and chin.

Knowing your face shape is the first step to understanding which frames can look best on you.

How can I determine my face shape?

Figuring out your face shape is easier than you might think. You can either assess your face's shape in a mirror, focusing on the width of different facial features and the length from forehead to chin, or trace the outline of your face on a mirror with a washable marker. Yet another option is to seek a second opinion — either from friends or from someone like Dr. Campbell or any of our other team members. Accurately determining your face shape can guide you toward frames that enhance your natural beauty.

Which frames suit an oval face shape?

An oval face shape is considered versatile when it comes to eyewear. You can pull off a wide range of frames, from square to round. Square or rectangular frames add a nice contrast to the rounded features of an oval face, making it appear more angular. Aviator-style eyeglasses can add a trendy, modern look to your appearance. Overall, if you have an oval face, you have a lot of room to experiment with different styles.

What are good frame options for a round face?

If you have a round face, the goal is to add definition and elongate your facial features. Angular and narrow frames are ideal because they help to lengthen the face. Glasses for a round face should aim to make the face appear longer and thinner. Avoiding round frames is generally a good idea, as they can exaggerate the roundness of your face. Instead, opt for frames that are wider than they are tall to create a more balanced look.

What frames are good for square and heart-shaped faces?

For those with a square face shape, the objective is to soften the pronounced angles and lines of the face. Oval or round frames are usually a good choice as they balance out the angular features. On the other hand, heart-shaped faces work well with frames that are wider at the bottom. This helps to balance the facial proportions by offsetting the narrowness of the lower part of the face. Round or oval frames are also generally flattering for heart-shaped faces.

Find the frames for your face in Seattle

The journey to finding the perfect eyeglasses involves a combination of practical and aesthetic considerations. It's not just about vision correction; it's also about boosting your confidence and complementing your style. Dr. Scott Campbell and the team at SPEX in Seattle, WA, are eager to guide you through this important decision-making process. So why wait? Come visit us today to find frames that not only meet your vision needs but also beautifully complement your unique face shape.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.