Flattering frames

December 15, 2017 09:04 AM Anweiti Upadhyay


Be it summer or winter, you need a pair of sunglasses when you step out. It not only does the obvious i.e. protect your eyes, but also adds an extra oomph to your ensemble and the best part is that you can slap on a pair of sunglasses when you think you aren’t looking your best and hide behind them.

However, sunglasses come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and materials so how do you pick the right one?

The Week’s Anweiti Upadhyay consulted Comilina Bajracharya, social media content strategist at Anthropose, to get a better idea about it. Here she tells you how you can choose glasses that will best suit your face shape. 

For round shaped face

People with full cheeks, softer chin and jawline, smaller forehead and almost equal length and width of face are said to have circular face shape. Round faces benefit the most from glasses with angular shapes and rectangular frames as they add some definition and dimension to your face while contrasting its natural softness. Try avoiding circular and Harry Potter-esq frames since they tend to make your face look more round and chubby.

For the square jawline 

If you have a strong jawline, broad forehead and your face is proportional in length and width then you have a square face shape. Opt for soft shaped glasses. Circular glasses would suit your face shape very well as they soften your sharp features and create the illusion of curves and roundness at just the right places. Look for glasses that sit high on your nose as this will lengthen your face. Avoid overly boxy, narrow glasses.

For the diamond structure 

Narrow forehead and jawline, a pointy chin and cheeks being the widest part of your face classifies your face as diamond shaped face. You can play up your delicate features with fun cat eye and oval shaped frames. Another good frame option for you would be something with a heavy frame on top and rimless or almost rimless frames. Frames that sweep up will help emphasize your cheekbones. Keep away from boxy, straight across frames as they might accentuate the width of your cheeks.

For oval face shapes

If your face is longer than wide (kind of similar to an egg), your cheekbones are the widest part of your face and your jaw and forehead are slightly rounded (curved) then you have a oval or oblong face shape. Oversized and large glasses are your thing – especially if they are wider than your face. Look for shapes that are rounder and with depth i.e. they dip down towards the end. These glasses take some length off your face. Steer clear of rectangular glasses i.e. glasses that too short or small because they emphasize the elongation of your face.

For rectangular faces 

Let's say you have a strong jawline but your face is longer than it is wide and the width of your forehead and jawline appear similar, then your face is shaped like a rectangle. Play against your sharp facial contours by wearing curvy or oval shaped glasses. Additionally, the wider the glasses the more flattering they will be. Contrast your strong features by avoiding rectangle shaped glasses.

For heart shaped face

Broad forehead, high cheekbones and a narrow pointed chin make up a heart or the inverted triangle face shape. Rimless frames look amazing on anyone with this face shape. Look for thin, light metal, or thin plastic frames that soften the pronounced structure of your face shape. Glasses that resemble aviators suit your face shape the most. Steer clear of overly embellished or heavy glasses because they tend to overwhelm your face. 

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