It goes without saying that a good pair of specs or sunglasses is an investment. In one’s life there are classic pieces, like a leather handbag or a well-tailored shirt, which withstand the test of time and offer copious amounts of use – a quality pair of eyewear is just that. Unlike when buying a house, location and square footage take a back seat when choosing the perfect pair of glasses. What does however remain important when investing is whether the pair is suitable for the individual – you wouldn’t buy a luxury one-bedroom penthouse for a family of four who’d like a garden (wishful thinking aside), would you? Likewise for your frame to be an asset it must be suitable. Here’s some advice to consider when matching a pair to your face shape.
Soften and compliment the angles of a square-shaped face with a beautiful pair of round frames. Try to avoid frames with sharp angles to avoid exaggerating a wide jaw. For ladies, Oliver Goldmith’s Oops sunglasses are perfect, and for gentlemen Oliver Peoples’ Gregory Peck style will have you looking dapper.
If you’ve been blessed with model-high cheekbones and a wider forehead, but a slightly narrower chin, it’s flattering to choose bottom heavy frames like Oliver Peoples’ Sheldrake. Frames with low-set temples are also a complimentary choice – try Alix by Oliver Peoples.
Rounder faces are usually fairly short with fuller cheeks and a rounded chin. Those with this face shape should think inside the box – preferably a rectangular box. Cutler and Gross do a classic rectangle shape for an optical pair, while Oliver Peoples’ Jack Huston sunglasses are an edgy choice for a rounder face.
If you have an oval shaped face you are blessed with choice. Most frames suit the well-balanced, high cheek-boned, softly rounded face shape. Illesteva’s signature Leonard or Dita’s Superstition is a brilliantly bold choice for you, plus the wide frames will ensure the oval keeps its natural balance.