The fail-safe way to find glasses to suit your face shape

The cooler months are a great time to debut a chic new pair.
The cooler months are a great time to debut a chic new pair. Photo credit: Getty.

Whether they're the first thing you put on in the morning, you just need them for reading or you simply want to stand out a bit more in your Zoom meetings, a great pair of glasses is often the perfect way to finish off an outfit. 

But walking into any optometrist there's often an overwhelming amount of frame options, whether you've frequented a chain like OPSM or Specsavers, or a more boutique option like Auckland's Bailey Nelson. 

If you're so scared of change you've stuck with the same pair of frames since high school, the cooler months like autumn and winter might be the perfect time to debut a chic new style. 

Nelly Soleil, head of frames and merchandising at Specsavers ANZ, gave Newshub the intel on picking the perfect pair of glasses for this season if you're not sure where to begin. 

"My top tip when picking a new pair of frames is to go with your gut. Often, you'll gravitate instantly to a pair of frames that feels like you, they reflect your personal style, and you know you'll feel confident wearing them," she says. 

The key to picking a flattering pair of frames is determining what shape your face is whether that be oval, heart-shaped, round, square or triangle. 

From there, the general rule of thumb is to pick a frame that is opposite to your face shape to balance it out. 

Here are some of Soleil's top tips for getting specs that flatter your face: 

Glasses for oval faces

People with an oval face have a softly rounded forehead and chin with fairly balanced proportions. Lucky for you, most frame styles will suit you, so be a bit daring and adventurous and pick a pair you may usually shy away from. We'd recommend going for styles that are a little wider than the widest part of your face such as the Marc Jacobs 23 and the Viktor & Rolf 10.

The fail-safe way to find glasses to suit your face shape
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Glasses for heart-shaped faces

Those with heart-shaped faces will be widest at the forehead, gently narrowing down towards the chin with soft features. Because of this we recommend opting for frames that are a little wider than your forehead or have an exaggerated browline like a cat-eye or Clubmaster-inspired style - you could try the Levi's 06 frames or the Alex Perry Sun RX 56.

The fail-safe way to find glasses to suit your face shape
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Glasses for rounder faces

Round faces tend to have a wider forehead, fuller cheeks, a rounded chin and softer jawline. It's best to choose styles that will complement your softer features, so go for elongated frames such as cat-eye or rectangular with soft angles such as Alex Perry 86 and Carla Zampatti 22.

The fail-safe way to find glasses to suit your face shape
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Glasses for square faces

Those with a square face shape will have both proportionate width and length, and will often have a broad forehead and a strong jawline. To create a little more length in the face and to offset your strong features, opt for narrower styles that are still angular in shape to complement your face. Rounder frame styles will soften and complement your face. You could try a pair like Kylie 'Please Stay' or Carla Zampatti Sun Rx 20.

The fail-safe way to find glasses to suit your face shape
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Glasses for triangle faces

Triangle faces will be widest at the jaw, narrowing up to the forehead. You may want to add a little width to this narrower part of your face, so go for strong brow lines or cat-eye shapes to really emphasise your eyes. You could be bold and try out the Levi's 04 or the Viktor & Rolf 11 frames. 

The fail-safe way to find glasses to suit your face shape
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