Eyeglasses: Are You Wearing the Wrong Glasses for Your Face?

Glasses can be a really great way to make a bold fashion statement. The trick with this cool accessory is finding the right ones that flatter your face, personality, and style. Ideally, glasses wearers of the world would love to have several pairs in different flattering shapes and styles, but the reality is glasses are expensive. Even our beloved Warby Parker frames, though on the cheaper end of the spectrum, can be a bit much when you’re buying multiples. More often than not, you’re probably limited to about two pairs at a time, so you want to make sure you’re getting the ones that are most flattering for your mug. These are some tips to consider to help you know if you’re wearing the right glasses for your face.

1. Contrast

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Choose a frame opposite of your face shape. | iStock.com

This has to do with the shape of your face in contrast to your choice frame. Garrett Leight, founder of Garrett Leight California Optical, tells GQ that contrast is key in choosing the right shape, which means the right frame for you will be the opposite of your face shape. So if you have a more angular face, then you’ll want to soften it with more curved shapes, and conversely, if your face is round, then opt for a square-shaped frame. Additionally, if you have a darker skin tone, then you want to compliment your face by choosing a lighter brown or tortoise frame.

2. Proportion

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Your frames should be in proportion. | iStock.com

Generally speaking, you want your frames to be in proportion with the rest of your face. This rule doesn’t apply when you’re shopping for sunglasses, as they tend to be a little bit larger for greater coverage, so what looks good as sunglasses will not necessarily look good in optical. Leight adds your frames should fit right on the outside of your cheekbones.

3. Be aware of trends

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Know what’s trending. | iStock.com

While it’s perfectly OK to stick to trends with your clothing, your glasses are a different story. If you haven’t updated your glasses in years, it’s time to change that, even if your prescription hasn’t changed. “Round frames have been very strong in the last year or so,” Aroun Ducroux, founder of optical brand Glints, told Men’s Health UK. Even though round frames are on trend, perfect circles don’t flatter most men’s faces, so Ducroux recommends a panto lens shape instead, which is round at the eyebrow and tapers into an oval as it approaches the nose. “It’s a style that fits most faces and is easy to wear,” he adds.

4. Color

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Choose a color that looks good with your tone. | iStock.com

There’s no secret here. Choose a color that best complements your features. As Leight stresses, glasses that contrast the tone of your face and hair will stand out more, but it’s up to you how much of a statement you want your glasses to make. Your skin tone will be a guiding factor in determining the frame that’s best for you.

For a warmer skin tone: A warmer skin tone has a golden cast to the skin. For frames, stay away from contrasting colors like pastels, as well as a black or white frame, which may not be that flattering. Opt instead for frames in a light tortoise, gold or honey, olive green, beige, and any other shade of brown.

For a cooler skin tone: This skin color has pink or blue undertones. Your best picks for frames are black, red-ish pink, purple, gray, blue, and mauve. Steer clear of colors that wash you out and are on the lighter side closer to your complexion.

5. Face shape

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Know your face shape to determine what will look best. | iStock.com

This is where it gets a little more complicated. While not definitive, this should give you a good idea of what frames you should consider. Here’s the breakdown, according to Esquire. Remember these are guidelines. You’ll want to try on different pairs to see what looks best.

6. Your personality

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Your frames should showcase your personality. | iStock.com/SIphotography

Above all else, the frames you wear will ultimately showcase your personality. If you’re a bolder, more serious person, then a pair of thicker or bold frames might get that message across. Then again, you may choose to have two pairs of glasses: one that you wear during the workweek when you’re trying to come across as a more serious, and one you may save for the weekend to show off your fun and relaxing side. This is all what’s so great about glasses as an accessory: They can be a true expression of who you are, with the added bonus of helping you to see.