Match Our Optical Shop with Your Eyeglass Style

Eyeglasses Portland, ORAll of us care about the clothes we wear that others will see every day. We get haircuts and wear makeup for others to see.

So, why do we pay so little attention to the thing many of us wear all day every day — eyeglasses?

It can seem daunting when you step into our optical shop at The Eye Clinic and you look at all the eyeglass styles and brands we carry.

But every frame style isn’t right for every face. It comes down to your features, the shape of your face, and the eyeglass frames. And, while there aren’t any rules set in stone, there are some basic tenets of design that can help narrow your choices when looking for a new pair of eyeglasses.

In this month’s blog, let’s cover the types of frames that go with different face shapes.

Shape matters

The shape of your face is why some eyeglasses look great in the display case but look wrong when they’re on your face. Blame it on simple geometry in some cases. Blame on the need for balance in others. Here are some general concepts about the right frame styles for the shape of your face.

  • Heart-Shaped Face— This shape has a wide top third and a narrow bottom third. To reduce the visual width at the top of your face, choose frames that are wider at the bottom. Also, thin, light-colored frames or rimless frames are good options.
  • Oblong Face Shape— This shape is like a vertical rectangle with straight cheek lines. To make the shape shorter and to appear more balanced, look for frames that have more depth than width.
  • Oval Face Shape— This is a longer vertical face with even proportions. To maintain this balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or even somewhat wider) than the broadest part of your face.
  • Square Face Shape— The width and length are roughly the same, with a broad forehead and jawline. If you want to lengthen the shape, try narrow frame styles that have more width than depth, or narrow oval shaped frames.
  • Diamond Face Shape— This shape is narrow at the forehead and jawline with board cheekbones. This shape is the most rare. To soften the cheekbones, try frames with detailing or distinctive brow lines. Rimless eyeglasses and cat-eye shapes can also be good.
  • Round Face Shape— Round faces have curved lines with the width and length in roughly equal proportions. If you want to thin the shape and lengthen it, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face. Rectangular frames that are wider than deep are also good.
  • Base-Down Triangle— This shape has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheeks and chin. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half of the frame. Cat-eyes are also good.

Now you’re ready to do come to our optical shop in our offices on Barnes Road and check out some new frames!

For any other issues with your eyes, or to schedule your next eye exam, give us a call at The Eye Clinic P.C. (503) 297-4718.

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