How to Choose the Perfect Frame Specifically for You?

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Did you know that you could find the perfect frame based on the shape of your face? Our faces can be categorized into four different shapes: oval, round, heart-shaped or square. Knowing which category your face shape falls into, can help you choose the most flattering haircut, but most importantly it will guide you when shopping for the perfect glasses.

So, let’s get started.  You will need a flexible tape measure, mirror, pen and paper.  Make sure your hair is pulled back from your face. Follow the four simple steps below and then check out our guide to determine your face shape and frame suggestions that are just right for you.

Step 1: Measure the width of your forehead, exactly in the middle of your hairline and eyes.

Step 2:  Measure the width of your cheekbones, aligning the flexible measuring tape right underneath your eyes to measure the distance between the exterior of each eye.

Step 3:  Measure your jawline starting from underneath your right ear, where your jawline begins, to the middle of your chin and then multiply that number by 2.

Step 4:  Measure the length of your face, from your hairline to the tip of your chin.

All done? Now, the fun part! Gather your measurements and use the information below to identify the shape of your face.

Oval 

Your forehead, jaw and chin are all very close to the same width and your face is longer than it is wide. Your forehead may be slightly wider than your jawline, but you still fall within this category.

How lucky are you?! With this face shape you can pretty much pull off any frame. Round, aviator, square, retro, anything goes! Even though you have the most options to choose from, it is important to keep in mind proportions. Rimless and half-frames work best for a petite oval face whereas full-rimmed frames are best for those with a longer face.

Go ahead and have some fun and try them all! 

Round 

You have full cheeks, a soft chin line and forehead.  Your cheekbones and face measurements are similar.  Your forehead and jawline measurements are also similar, but shorter than your face length.

Circular face shapes lack sharp angles, so it is best to opt for glasses that can add a little edge. Consider cat eyes, rectangle shaped and square retro frames.  Avoid rounded shapes at all costs you need angles!

These suggestions will make your head spin!

Heart 

Your face has soft delicate features; a broad forehead and cheekbones with a narrow chin line.

In order to balance out a pointed chin, choose frames that curve upwards. Frames that can also work with your face shape are rimless, thin, light metal or clear plastic frames.

You’ll love everything we have to offer! 

Square 

You have a strong jawline and broad forehead, which are similar in width, and the width of your face is roughly the same as its length.

Look for softer, rounder shapes like cat eye and aviator styles. These will smooth out the edges. Stay away from frames with defined edges like rectangular and square styles.

No need to start from square one, here are the perfect options for you! 

Still unsure where you fit in?  At IRIS, we are here to help! Our experienced Opticians will assist in choosing the ideal frame for you. Click here to book an appointment.

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