Although your eye health is our top priority at Sphere, we also delight in helping with all facets of your eye care journey – like helping you select the perfect pair of glasses to enhance your features. With endless frame styles and shapes to choose from, it’s important to consider not only your personal style but also your face shape to ensure that your glasses and sunglasses best highlight your features.
Identifying your face shape is the first step in finding the right frames that will complement your features. Face shapes generally fall into one of the following categories:
Each face shape has its unique characteristics and we’re here to help further break things down to help you find your next perfect pair of frames.
Oval Face Shape
Oval faces are often considered the most versatile, with slightly wider cheekbones than the forehead and a gentle narrowing towards the chin. If you have an oval face, you can experiment with a wide range of frame shapes, from rectangular to round. Just be mindful of proportion and choose frames that are at most slightly wider than the broadest part of your face for a balanced look.
Round Face Shape
Round faces have soft curves with equal width and length. To add some definition and contrast to your features, opt for frames with angular shapes such as rectangles, squares, or other geometric shapes. This kind of frame will be most flattering giving the appearance of a more structured face shape.
Square Face Shape
Square faces have strong, defined jawlines and equally wide cheekbones and forehead. Choosing round or oval frames will help soften angles and add some contrast to balance out facial features.
Heart Face Shape
Heart-shaped faces have a wider forehead and narrower chin. Frames that draw attention away from the forehead and widen the lower part of the face work well for these individuals. A cat-eye or oval frame are great choices.
Diamond Face Shape
Diamond faces are characterized by narrow foreheads and jawlines, with wide cheekbones. To emphasize your cheekbones and add balance to your face, try frames with distinctive brow detailing or rimless frames. These styles can draw attention to your unique features.
In addition to your face shape, it’s important to consider your facial features like your eyes, nose shape, even your hair colour. Here are a few tips:
Nose – if you have a flat bridge or wide nose, consider frames with nose pads or keyhole bridges to provide support and ensure a comfortable fit.
Eyes – if you have large eyes, choose frames that don’t overpower your eyes. On the other hand, smaller frames can work well if you have smaller eyes.
Skin tone – consider your skin tone when selecting frame colours. Warm-toned individuals may look great in earthy colours, while cooler skin tones can opt for metallic or jewel-toned frames.
Hair colour – your hair colour can also play a role. Dark frames can provide contrast for light-coloured hair, while light frames can complement darker hair.
At Sphere, we are proud of our beautiful independent handcrafted eyewear collection, and we would love to connect you with frames that fit your lifestyle, facial shape, and overall style aesthetic.
Right now, we are loving the luxury eyewear brand, Ahlem. Founded in L.A. and handcrafted in France, they stand by their earth-friendly materials, attention to detail and design, and high quality, long-lasting frames. Conveniently, the Ahlem site has a function where you can click on your face shape and it generates frames in each collection best suited to your face. Here are a few hand-picked frames we are loving for fall along with some corresponding tips about face shapes.
Jennifer Aniston was spotted wearing these beautiful unisex frames on the new season of The Morning Show! This frame is elegant and subtle with a rounded lens that gives openness and lift, making them perfect for petite to medium-sized faces and is ideal for oval, square, or diamond-shaped faces.
These are part of the beautiful Paris Line collection of metal styles that balance glamour and subtlety. Each Ahlem metal frame is electro-dipped in 22k gold for stability and a beautiful fine finish. There are plenty of styles in this collection, but the upswept Marceline frame definitely caught our eye because of its understated details and versatility.
We love warm, earthy tones for fall/winter, and Ahlem offers a beautiful collection of subtle coloured frames to welcome the cooler weather. Despite the cooler temperatures, Calgary is lucky to get sunny days throughout our colder months, and the Champ de Mars sunglass frames are a great way to make a style statement and protect your eyes from the sun at the same time. We love all of the colourways in this collection, however, the Orange Turtle and Old Fashioned Rose are the ones we can’t forget about. Overall, the Champ de Mars collection are incredibly versatile, fitting petite to wide faces, and are ideal for oval, round, and square face shapes.
We hope this guide has been helpful to begin your search for your next perfect pair of frames. Also remember that your friends at Sphere are always here to help personally select eyewear that optimizes your vision, is perfectly proportioned to your features, and that seamlessly works with your personal style!