Your new prescription is in hand.
You're looking for a new glasses frame and you ask yourself... what glasses suit me?
Regardless of how long you've worn them, choosing new glasses is a pretty big deal. Worn for at least 12 hours a day, your choice of spectacles have a massive role in your perception. The reality is, they become part of your identity.
To get a better understanding of how to choose glasses, we've made you this detailed guide. Using the box below, you can skip to any of the three sections.
These are categorised by your face shape, hair colour and skin complexion.
What glasses suit me quiz.
There’re several factors you should consider when choosing a new pair of glasses. Arguably, the shape of your new glasses frame will largely be determined by your face shape.
Take the quiz below to categorise your face shape. You can do this several ways, but we reckon these methods are the easiest.
How do I choose spectacles?
Now you’ve determined your face shape, take a look at the most common ones in the illustrations below.
You might find that you overlap between certain face shapes. This is completely normal as extreme examples of face shapes are uncommon. You might want to skim through each of them below to learn how to pick the right glasses frame for your face.
What kind of frames suit a round face?
To balance your soft facial features, we recommend angular glasses frames. Spectacles with sharp corners will contrast your cheeks to create a good degree of balance. This is why we suggest square spectacles with straight lines and more angular details.
However, it’s worth mentioning that there are no hard and fast rules for choosing glasses frames. There are always exceptions and if you want to break all the rules, why not go against the grain with a full round glasses frame? You might just prefer it with your outlandish tendencies.
Which glasses suit square face?
Your squarish features can be very easily balanced with a more rounded glasses frame. As simple as this sounds, opting for a round frame shape will balance with your angular jawline and create better balance. It makes sense really.
If a round frame sounds a little too “statement” for you, we totally understand. Instead, you can benefit from a straighter-browed frame with a rounded lower section. This gives you the best of both and still yields the balance we keep harping on about.
What glasses suit me?
You'll be glad to hear that triangular face shape lends itself to a wide array of frame shapes. Depending on your dress and style, you can choose from a number of glasses shapes; but we suggest you avoid wide boxy frames.
Instead, you might want to consider our more rounded spectacle frames. These will balance your tapering face shape from your forehead down towards your narrow chin.
What glasses shape for oval face?
This common face shape works particularly well with boxy glasses frames. These angular frame styles will contrast your softer facial features nicely. For that reserved aesthetic, bigger, boxier glasses will do you well in a professional environment, day to day.
If a large boxy glasses frame seems a little too much, you might want something less bold. As an alternative, a slimmer, more rectangular glasses frame might be the one for you. This is a more discreet choice for glasses for an oval face.
Glasses for long face female or long-faced male.
Your forehead and upper brow are rounded and soft, giving your face shape that heart-shaped appearance. We recommend you stick to larger frame shapes. A bigger spectacle frame will juxtapose your narrow chin to create balance and contrast.
If you fancy something a little more adventurous, you can opt for a frame with a straighter brow-line but rounded lower half. This works well as it gives you the best of both frame features.
Choosing glasses that'll suit you can also be determined by your hair colour. It plays a large role in your perception and can dictate the colours of glasses frame that will suit you the best.
Much like your skin tone, your hair colour can have warm or cool tones. It's a good idea to understand this as you can use the colour of your glasses to accentuate or contrast your hair colour. What do you think, is your hair colour warm or cool?
In the images below, we've illustrated common hair colours and the sorts of glasses frames that you should consider. This section will be super quick to navigate and should help you discover some suitable styles of glasses frames.
Glasses for dark brown hair: we recommend the tortoise or black acetate. The honey and amber tones of tortoise will marry nicely with your warm hues. For the more reserved, our black acetate is a safe bet. It's neutral and bold and will be a good match. Grey acetate can work here, as long as your hair is definitely dark brown.
Glasses for light brown hair: we suggest you steer away from grey acetate frames. Instead, opt for warm acetates such as dark brown, black and tortoise. Warm metal colours such as rose-gold and bronze will accentuate your hair.
Glasses for dark blonde hair: Your hair is heading towards being brown you should consider emphasising your amber and honey notes. Your blonde hair means you want a darker off-set, so darker acetates are a good option for you. The best possible acetates for this are dark earthy colours such as dark brown and black with warm coloured metals. These colours will compliment your hair nicely.
Glasses for light blonde hair: you have a slightly broader scope of glasses colour choice. With such lightly coloured hair, you can experiment with alternative spectacle colours and metals such as green, bronze and peach colours. For an alternative style, you can opt for a brightly coloured blue glasses frame, especially if you have blue eyes.
Searching for glasses for grey hair, there's literally zero limitations. Embrace your monochrome hair and experiment with some alternative frame colours and metal choices. With such neutral hair, you can really go for it with a bold and bright glasses frame.
If the idea of a statement glasses frame seems too much, perhaps consider your other characteristics such as your skin tone or the colour of your eyes.
Click here for our blog about glasses for grey hair.
Glasses for ginger hair: keep to neutral coloured frames. You probably know this by now but your hair is strong. Let it do the talking. Keep things simple with our grey and black acetates. These are the ones for you. To be safe, avoid strongly coloured frames.
Glasses for auburn hair: your coppery hair tones are slightly less restrictive to your glasses choice. Most people have tints of Auburn in their hair so you should celebrate this with warm coloured metals and deep coloured frame fronts. Earthy acetates such as deep browns will work well for you. Alternatively, if a coloured frame seems like too much, you can play it safe with a neutral coloured frame. Whilst your hair isn't all-out ginger, you might want to avoid clashing with your gingery hues. Go monochrome with grey and black acetates, these are the plain-safe option.
Glasses for very dark hair: Your hair is deeply coloured and is nearly almost black. With such a dark hair colour, you've got a large degree or choice when it comes to frame choice. A grey frame with silver metal can work particularly well for a formal/neutral style. If it's colour you'd prefer, stick to warm acetates and metals such as walnut browns, tortoise or caramel acetates. Rose gold and bronze temples will have a warming effect on your skin, which will tie nicely with your dark hair.
Glasses for dark hair: Verging on being blonde, your light brown hair lends itself to darker, more earthy glasses frame colours. These consist of dark black, deep brown or tortoise patterned acetate. Amber and honey hues will tie-in nicely with your mid-coloured hair. For a neutral style, you can opt for grey acetate and silver metals. A neutral frame can be easier to dress for and are a little less stark if you have a warmer skin tone. (Scroll down to see glasses for skin tone.)
Glasses for bald men: Your face shape and skin tone are going to play a much large role in your frame decision. With one less thing to think about, you can be much bolder in frame colour and shape.
For men, it can be a good idea to play around with bolder frame colours that work with your wardrobe. Masculine, chunky glasses frames in brave colours are certainly an option here, working in unison with attributes such as the colour of your eyes.
How to choose glasses for your skin tone is arguably one of the most important factors.
Eyeglasses frames are made from a large variety of colours, patterns and transparencies, with varying metal colours, tones and textures. The combination of frame colour and metal should be considered when you're deciding how to pick the right glasses frame for your face, especially in relation to your complexion.
We've listed six of the most common skin types in the section below. Identify your skin type via the descriptions and images below.
Light skin glasses tend to consist of darker, warmer acetates such as tortoise, earthy brown or heavy black. Your pale complexion with warm undertones asks for a glasses frame that is going to compliment your skin's warmth. We suggest you opt for warm metal colours such as rode gold, bronze or copper. Combined together, these are a more traditional choice of spectacles.
If you'd like a frame with a little more contrast, your warm skin tones can effectively offset aquatic glasses colours such as green and teal. Your warm undertones and light complexion will work well with blue eyeglasses frames if it's a creative/alternative style you're looking for.
Your pale complexion has cold tones of blue and pink. In the UK, this is a common skin type and works best with mid to dark acetates. Honey and amber acetates such as tortoise will work well for you, bringing warmth to your cooler tones.
Black acetate can contrast to your light complexion but is a good option for those with very pale skin with dark hair. Look for a matte surface finish on the frame front to reduce the starkness against your paleness.
Pale skin tends to go hand in hand with blonde hair. If this sounds like you, this combination can work very well with a broader spectrum of statement glasses frames. Consider thick-rimmed glasses in aquatic colours such as blue acetate. If you fancy being more adventurous with your frame colour, this will yield an alternative style.
Your medium skin tones put your right in the middle of the spectrum. Your adaptable complexion opens a large avenue of spectacle frame colours. As seen in the image above, it's traditional to opt for deep acetates containing dark brown and rich black. These will tie-in with your naturally warm skin tone and dark hair colour.
Another consideration would be neutral acetates. Thanks to your tanned undertones, you can opt for transparent or icy grey glasses frames. Cold metal colours such as silver and gun metal will be contrasted by your warm skin. Avoid yellow or hay coloured spectacles as they will end up washing you out.
Your cool, mid-tone skin allows you to be more adventurous. You can experiment with bolder frame colours if you're looking for a statement glasses frame. In the image above, the female model demonstrates how dark hair with a cool skin tone can work really well with blue eyeglasses frames.
If you'd rather play it safe, we suggest you stick to more traditional frame colours. Warm hues of tortoiseshell or split tone glasses with brown and black will do well to warm your pinkish complexion. You might want to take a look at our secret frames to see some examples.
With your deep skin and warm undertones, it's a good idea to opt for darker acetate spectacles. Ideally, you'll want to emphasise your golden hues, so earthy frame-colours such as honey, amber, black and brown acetates are the more traditional choice. These suggestions might seem a little low-key so you can jazz things up with some rose-gold or bronze metal colours.
Alternatively, you can opt for a contrasting frame style in an unusual, lightly coloured acetate. Bold frame colours such as green, teal or cream will juxtapose your deep skin nicely. These suggestions are definitely "statement" glasses for black skin.
Deep skin with cool undertones ask for naturally warm acetates. We recommend you opt for rich acetate colours such as plum, cherry, deep brown or tortoise. These colours will lift your cool skin with their natural tones.
If you prefer to keep things neutral acetates such as grey or black thick-rimmed glasses. Thick glasses will appear more contemporary and create greater contrast. You want to avoid rimless or thin glasses frames here as they will become lost on your cooler skin.
Have you ever considered matching your eye tones with your glasses?
Continuing this guide on how to choose glasses, why not visit our separate page for glasses suggestions based on your eye colour.
Additional considerations might include your environment and dress sense. It can be all too tempting to stick to safe glasses colours which fit the norm. In professional situations, it's probably best to stick to understated spectacles however these "work glasses" are going to be worn for the majority of the week. You might well benefit from having more than one pair to rotate between.
Attending dinners or casual events, we urge you to be more adventurous with your glasses choice. It can feel a little scary but you'll be amazed at the compliments you'll receive if you stick to the guidelines we've suggested above.
Jamie Bartlett - co-founder | If I headed to my inbox, there'd be at least a handful of emails titled with or enquiring about; what glasses suit me?
It's completely understandable if you're unsure about finding that will suit you, especially if you're looking to branch out or try a new glasses style. That's why I wrote this guide to hopefully make things a little easier for those who've taken the time to read this article. I hope it's been useful.
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