If you're lucky enough to have a triangular face shape, characterised by wide cheekbones and a narrow chin, this guide is for you.
Scroll below to learn the distinctive traits of this face shape and our best glasses style recommendations for both men and women in 2024. This way, you can enhance your unique features and look your best with this compilation of the latest eyewear trends.
What is a triangular face shape?
A triangular face shape is distinguished by a narrow forehead with wide and pronounced cheekbones. A defined jawline is the broadest area of the face, usually with a long and pointed chin. Triangle-shaped faces tend to be longer than wide, often featuring a widow's peak (V-shaped) hairline.
How do I know my face shape?
To determine your face shape, analyse the overall contour of your head and the relative proportions of your forehead, cheekbones, jawline, and chin. While your head is typically oval, it is the interplay between these prominent facial features that determines its specific shape category.
If you're unsure about your face shape, it's quite common to have a combination of two or more categories. For example, triangular faces can exhibit oval, heart, or diamond characteristics. To find glasses frames that complement these unique face-types, check out the list of blogs below:
- Glasses for round faces
- Glasses for diamond faces
- Glasses for square faces
- Glasses for oval faces
- Glasses for heart faces
- Glasses for long faces
3 ways to know your face shape
Face measuring apps
We've discovered some really handy apps for both Android and iOS smartphones to assist you in finding your face shape. Check out the table below for our top recommendations based on user experience and accurate shape detection.
My Face Shape Meter
Find Your Face Shape
Measure Your Face Instantly
Golden Ratio Face
Ask the public
Check out this handy poll website called Face Shape App. There you can upload your selfie and ask others, "What is my face shape?" It's best to provide the most common face shapes (square, oval, round etc) to get accurate feedback on your facial structure. Give it a try to get some impartial insights.
Using your smartphone, you can assess your face shape by recording a video from different angles. Taking the time to review the footage a(s if you were an observer) can offer valuable insights into determining your unique face shape. If needed, you could ask help from a friend or family member to capture the video for you.
5 signs you have a triangular shaped face
- Your cheeks and jawline are wider than your forehead.
- You may have a widow’s peak hairline.
- You have a prominent pointed chin.
- You have very defined cheekbones and jawline.
- Your face is longer than it is wide.
How to pick the best glasses for a triangular shaped face
Knowing your face shape is crucial when it comes to selecting the perfect glasses for a diamond-shaped face. The first step towards great looking glasses involves identifying your facial shape using one of the methods mentioned above. By doing so, you can accurately determine whether you have a diamond-shaped face.
Compliment your cheekbones. With a triangular face shape, your cheekbones take centre stage as your most prominent feature. It's best to complement them with spectacles that have a rounder, softer shape. Frames with gentle curves help to balance your defined facial characteristics for a much more harmonious look.
The size of your glasses is crucial for comfort and optical performance. When selecting frames, ensure they're wide enough to avoid pinching the sides of your head and that the bridge-width lets the frame rest on your nasal bones instead of siding down, onto your cheeks. By selecting the correct frame and lens width, you can ensure your eyes are in the centre of the lens holes which an indicator for a good fit.
Your prescription determines the type of lenses you’ll need - which can also influence the type of frame you can choose. If you have a strong prescription which requires thinned lenses (high index) then you may wish to choose thick-rimmed eyeglasses. If you use progressive (varifocal) lenses, taller frames help accommodate these lenses better than slim/short rectangular ones.
The type of lenses you'll need is determined by your prescription, which can also impact your frame options. For those with a strong prescription that requires thinned lenses (high index), thick-rimmed eyeglasses may be preferable. If you use progressive (varifocal) lenses, taller frames are better suited to accommodate these lenses compared to slim/short rectangular ones.
Frame material is crucial for style, comfort, and day-to-day performance. For instance, lightweight wire-rimmed glasses offer ease of wear and a sleek profile. On the other hand, full-rim acetate frames exude a more timeless 'mid century' aesthetic and can be exceptionally durable with proper care. If you have sensitive skin, it is advisable to opt for spectacles crafted from hypoallergenic materials.
Frame transparency is worth considering if you have particularly defined cheekbones. With such strong facial features, crystal or transparent rimmed frames are a great way to 'soften' your appearance without looking too stark or severe. Rounded frames made from translucent acetate can be a great way to go, especially if dark coloured frames aren't your thing.
What glasses suit triangular faces?
The best glasses for triangular faces tend to be round or completely round in shape to help balance high/defined cheekbones and a pointed chin. Softly curved rims (not pointed) which overhang prominent cheekbones are a flattering look that suits people with very defined jawlines and pointed chins.
Traditional round-eye glasses, Clubmaster or Wayfarer styles tend to be the most popular styles for diamond face shapes. But if you're looking for more detailed guidance, check out our best suggestions in the women's and men's lists below;
Best women’s glasses for a triangular face 2024
Classic round glasses
Due to their soft curves that contrast with your high cheekbones and pointed chin, traditional round-style eyeglasses elegantly complement a triangular face shape. The rounded silhouette of these glasses adds balance, diminishing the sharpness of the lower face while highlighting the eyes and the forehead.
This style of frames can effectively soften angular features, offering a harmonious blend of comfort and sophistication. Moreover, they are versatile and timeless, making them a go-to choice for both functionality and fashion. Round glasses like these remain a favoured choice in 2024, suitable for any occasion, be it professional or casual.
Cat eye glasses
With their distinctive flaring browline and 50’s styling, cat-eye glasses are an elegant, sophisticated choice that will add some uniqueness to any look. If you're lucky enough to have high cheekbones and a defined jawline, cat eye frames draw attention to your eyes with their upswept corners. Whether you're looking for a classic black pair or something more colourful, there's a cat-eye style to suit any woman.
For versatility, subtle black cat eye frames are perfect for any occasion. They can be dressed up or down, making them perfect for the office or social occasions. These Tom Ford cat-eye frames are a modern take on this subdued shape, featuring a more rounded style which is less stylised than some of those outrageous '50s frames out there.
A great alternative for women's triangular faces is aviator glasses. With their teardrop-shaped lenses and thin metal frames, aviators are a timeless choice that will never go out of style. Aviators are also a great way to add some contrast to your look if you have a round face shape. If you're looking for a classic pair of aviators, go for a simple metal frame in a neutral colour such as the Saint Laurent SL 530 003 frame.
Channelling retro-vibes, the classic Wayfarer eyeglasses style is a fail-safe option for women with triangular facial feaures. With their thick, square-shaped frames and elegant, retro styling, wayfarers are a sophisticated choice that will add some vintage flair to any outfit. Whether you're looking for a speckled tortoise edition such as the RayBan Eagle Eye or a classic black two-tone, these chunky frames are never going out of fashion.
Enhance your look with geometric glasses, a stylish way to add some flair. French optical brand Face a Face make some exceptionally bold and contemporary frames that're sure to elevate your fashion game. If you have a rectangular face shape, opt for designs such as their Gipse frame model that that are wider on top and narrower on the bottom. This will help soften your defined facial features for a softer (but quirky) appearance.
But if these jagged Face a Face spectacles are too 'out there' for you, perhaps a geometric clear acetate frame is the better option. These hexagonal pink-crystal glasses from Chloé are a perfect example of balancing what is a very bold shape but with a wonderfully subtle colouration.
Thick acetate frames are very on-trend in 2024 in a wide array of shapes, colours and patterns. However, these bold frames can be incredibly dominant on your face which may be a little daunting if you're new to wearing glasses or have previously stuck to thinner/rimless ones.
A nice transition to the chunky frame game are clear spectacles, often known as crystal frames. Crafted from neutral or lightly 'nude' coloured acetates, frames such as the Saint Laurent SL 589 003 are a great style for going bold (but not too bold) with you new glasses style.
Square Black Glasses
Square glasses are excellent choice for women with triangular faces. Boxy shaped frames make a strong statement with their sharp, angular lines and bold styling. Go for a set of square spectacles with thick, bold frames if you want to look assertive and confident. The Lite 002 by Banton Frameworks is a perfect example of this style, with its thick black frame exuding power and sophistication.
Oval glasses (or walnut glasses) are the ideal look in 2024 for a easy-going and intellectual sort of look. The rounded edges of oval frames help to soften the often 'sharp' features of a triangular face, providing an approachable and on-trend aesthetic.
These frames are typically wider than the broadest part of the face, which aids in drawing attention upwards, thus diminishing the noticeability of a wider jawline. If you are a woman with a triangular face, oval glasses like these can bring a flattering, sophisticated, and softening touch to your facial features, enhancing your facial symmetry and highlighting your unique style.
Enormous frames like those from the '70s and '80s are still going strong in 2024. Various optical brands have jumped on the retro bandwagon, releasing retro-inspired frames that're certainly in the 'statement' category of eyewear. If you're into bold-looking spectacles, the Cutler And Gross 1397 is a prime example. For women, these dominant spectacles make your face look delicate whilst yielding immeasurable confidence. Now where's your power suit when you need it?
These '50s style glasses are a unique specimen that frankly... are never out of style. Browline glasses have a characteristic balance of acetate and wire-frame construction, which for women, can be an incredibly flattering look. The bolder upper half draws all the attention to your eyes for a stylish but elegant aesthetic that isn't overly dominant or overpowering on your face.
The most common version of this frame is the ubiquitous RayBan Clubmaster. A perennial player in the optical fashion game, it's a tried and tested option for a classically cool look. However, if that's too mainstream for you, the Cutler and Gross 1333 (seen below) is a luxurious alternative.
Best glasses for men with triangular faces
Rectangular frames are a favored option among men with triangular faces, as they effectively soften the angular contours of the jaw and cheekbones. Additionally, their larger and more prominent size contributes to the visual illusion of a narrower jawline and cheeks. To assert confidence, bold angular frames such as the Cutler And Gross 0692 (seen below) are an excellent choice.
Harking back to the solid spectacles of the mid-century, gradient or 'two tone' frames are a stylish look for men in 2024. These chunky glasses have a stern look to them thanks to the dark upper half that skirts your brows. In the workplace, these are a confident look that yields a strong sense of confidence.
What's handy about two tone frames are their inherent neutrality. The lower half of the frame front is typically crystal clear, which caters for any skin tone or vibrant attire - no matter the occasion. For inspiration, check out the Linea J spectacle in this beautiful midnight vertigo acetate.
Wayfarer-style glasses have been around for decades, but they continue to be a popular choice for men with triangular faces. That's because they have a slimming effect that can help to make your face appear narrower and more balanced overall. Plus, with so many variations and styles available, you can easily find a look that suits your individual style. Check out the Linea C frame handmade from this Onyx Black acetate.
With their retro aesthetic and forgiving stature, Clubmaster glasses are a vintage-inspired frame option to add some personality to your look. The characteristic browline silhouette works well for adding width to the top third of your face and a pop of personality. These frames are incredibly versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
The RayBan Clubaster is easily the most well-known example. Perfect for triangular faces, they have a rounded lower rim (metal) that helps minimize the harsh lines of your jaw and cheekbones. But if RayBan are a little too mainstream for you, then perhaps the Cutler And Gross 1335 01 frame is a more unique avenue to satisfy your individualism.
The come-back of an all time classic, wire Pilot glasses feature a characteristic double-bridge and large width lenses. This frame style is ideal for balancing-out long triangular faces, making it a great choice if you want a lightweight but large frame style.
A modern interpretation of the classic Aviator frame are rounded Pilot glasses such as the Oliver Peoples Reymont frame. With their more circular lens profile, they're better-suited towards spectacles than your typically Top Gun shaped sunglasses.
The smooth, rounded contours of an oval frame are a great way to soften the defined features of a triangular face. Seen above, the dropped browline brings character and definition to your face without looking too stern or overly formal.
For an added traditional look, a keyhole bridge adds an intriguing vintage touch to these classic eyeglasses. Consider which acetate colours will suit your skin tone and sense of dress. Quirky colours such as the Oliver Peoples Fairmont come in this handsome 'moss tortoise' bringing an organic and warming hue to your complexion.
Full round eyeglasses
Circular frames are a distinguished choice for men who yearn to make a statement. These glasses exude a blend of uniqueness and style, boasting a classic design that effortlessly suits both formal and casual settings. Whether your preference leans towards sleek black or captivating tortoiseshell frames, these traditional frames have been worn for decades by visionaries such as David Hockney, Philip Johnson or Le Corbusier.
Tortoise Shell Frame
If you're looking for traditional and reliable spectacles, a tortoiseshell glasses frames are a great option. It's perfect for adding a touch of personality and depth to your look. The flecks of amber, brown and black are a timeless aesthetic that dates back to the early 1900’s. These classic frames are versatile and are the perfect 'chameleon' frame.
For inspiration, on of the most popular styles are the round eye Oliver Peoples O'Malley frame in Cocobolo or Semi Matte Mahogany acetate. Worn by actors such as Christian Bale or Robert Downey Jr, it's a beautiful frame that isn't too overstated or shouty.
Glasses for triangular faces FAQ’s
Is triangular face shape rare?
Triangular face shapes are less common than round or square ones, but are generally not that rare. A triangular face has wide cheekbones, a defined jawline and a pointed chin. The hairline is often wavy, often called a widow’s peak.
What is the best eyeglass shape for a triangular face?
The best eyeglass for triangular faces is rounded or oval frame shapes. Oval glasses help to soften the angular lines of your triangular face and bring balance to your appearance.
Is a triangle face shape attractive?
Yes, a triangle face shape can be attractive. With the right hairstyle and makeup, you can easily flatter your triangular face and highlight your best features.
What celebrities have a triangle face shape?
Celebrities who have triangular faces include : Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Olsen, and Jared Leto. On the men's side, Robert Downey Jr. and Christian Bale and Ryan Reynolds also have triangular faces.
What glasses should you avoid with a triangle face?
Triangular face shapes should avoid particularly small or short, slim rectangular glasses frames (seen above). These can accentuate the narrow upper half of your face and make it appear even more top heavy. Instead, opt for frames that are wider and taller to balance out your sharp jawline and chin. Thick frames or bold patterns and colours can also add width to the lower half of your face and create a more balanced look.
- Triangular faces have wide cheekbones, a defined jawline, and a pointed chin.
- The best glasses for a triangular face are tall, rounded or oval frame shapes, which can help balance the angular lines of the face.
- Triangle face shapes can be attractive; with the right hairstyle and eyewear, these face shapes can highlight the individual's best features.
- Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Olsen, Jared Leto, Robert Downey Jr, Christian Bale, and Ryan Reynolds are all examples of triangular faces.
- People with triangular faces should avoid small, short or slim rectangular glasses
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