How to Choose Frames for Square Faces
Choosing Eyeglass Frames for Square Faces
If you’re shopping for new glasses and are not sure what shape of frames look best on your face, you’ll be happy to learn that it doesn’t always have to be a trial-and-error experience. While you will always have the best luck going to an eye care center where trained professionals can show you the best frames for your face, it can also be helpful to know some of the tricks for finding the best shape. Knowing how the professionals seek out great glasses for you can save you a lot of time, as you’ll be able to narrow down the frames you like more quickly.
Different Ways Frames are Measured
Frames are measured from seven different points, and all of those measurements add up to how they look on a person’s face. A word of caution – the numbers that can be found on the inside of the temple (or arm of the frame) are the measurements of the frame. But those numbers are only one of the measurements of the frame used primarily to inventory the frame for the manufacturer’s use. It would be like trying to buy a custom suit that fits with only a sleeve length. While that is one important measurement you would still need the chest dimension, the length of the coat, the shoulder dimension, the waist measurement and the in-seam measurement to have any hope of selecting a suit that would fit well. For frames, most people think of the width and height of the frames as the two most common dimensions for measuring frames, but there are other points that should be considered—things like where the temple attachment is located (high, mid-level, or low on the frame), the temple length, the size, thickness and color of the bridge for example are other really important considerations just to name a few.
Equally as important, however, are the shape and color of the frame. When it comes to people who have square-shaped faces, it’s important to find frames that are complementary and aren’t too severe-looking.
What Frames are Best for Square Faces?
To counter the natural angles in a square face, you will want to look at round or oval-shaped glasses. Generally speaking, you will want the frames to be wider than they are tall—this helps lengthen the face and make it appear longer. As for the rim colors, if the upper rim is darker than the lower rim, this also helps the face appear longer. The bridge should be a lighter color overall—this is especially flattering for people who have strong facial features, as it softens their appearance. The best frames for square faces will have the temple attachment placed high on the frame, so as to lengthen the lower portion of the face.
Overall, you’ll want to look for glasses to soften the shape of a square angular face and you’ll want to try them on in person to make sure they fit your individual style. Visit an eye care center for help choosing the perfect glasses for your face.
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