How do I find the perfect frame for my face?

Tips that will help you choose the perfect pair of glasses

Lots of choices can make decisions difficult: A good pair of glasses is an important investment. After all, you will have to and want to wear them for a long time. Most importantly, you want your glasses to enhance your good looks. Today, spectacles manufacturers offer a wide spectrum of attractive frame designs. Nonetheless, you will still have to find the one that suits you best.  What’s the best style, size or colour for you? Are rimless glasses better for you? There are indeed a few basic rules that will help you make the perfect choice at the optometrist.

How do I find the perfect frame for my face?

Tips that will help you choose the perfect pair of glasses

Just like every eye, every face has its own unique features. People have diverse tastes and prefer different styles. Do you want spectacles that highlight your own personality or a pair of glasses that changes your look completely? When you choose a pair of glasses, you will have to take these aspects into account. To minimise the confusion, it may be helpful to consider your options before you go to the optometrist. There is one general principle you might want to remember: Create visual contrasts. The shape of your frame should actually be in contrast to the shape of your face to create a balance. This brings the overall appearance into harmony.


It is not always easy to select the optimum spectacle frame to compliment the shape of your own face. People with oval faces are at a huge advantage – they have the ideal face for glasses.

1. Oval Faces

Time to celebrate – you have drawn the winning ticket! Or – let’s put it this way – you have the perfect face for glasses and it will be easy for any optometrist to offer you a wide range of options. Virtually all frames will compliment your look. However, beware of frames that are too generously proportioned on the sides or very small round spectacles. The best choice for you will be rectangular designs.

2. Round Faces

We recommend you try distinguished and more stringent frames that emphasise corners, i.e. square to slightly rectangular designs. They will give a round face added contours. Be bold and have fun with colours. Spectacles with wider frames would also look good on you. Avoid soft, fine and rounded frames.

3. Triangular or Heart Shaped Faces with Broad Foreheads and Pointed Chins

Your best choices are definitely oval or rounded frames – or softer and flatter designs in subtle tones. The visual division of your face length by these glasses will certainly enhance your look. Do not choose frames that are too small or that are too colourful.

4. Longitudinal or Rectangular Faces

You have a narrow face, your jaw bones are rather low set and your chin and bottom jaw are your most distinguishing facial features. A pair of glasses will definitely enhance your look, as it visually divides your face, which minimises its length to ideal proportions. Your best options are glasses with a wide bridge and low sitting ear pieces. Oval frames will compliment your face as long as you do not choose a style that is too small for you. Rimless glasses with subtle contours could also be perfect for your face.

5. Square Faces

In your case, the objective should be to stretch your face visually with the assistance of your spectacles design. Chin, bottom jaw and forehead are your most distinguishing features. Try slightly round frames that are not too small and have a flat line design. Rimless glasses might also provide a perfect fit. Avoid small spectacles and those that underscore corners.

Choosing Your Frame Colour

Perhaps you have already heard about colour types. They are defined with the assistance of a person’s hair colour, skin tone and the colour of the eyes and identify with the four seasons. This typology can also be helpful as you choose the colour or shading of your frames.

The Winter Type

The Winter Type:

Winter types frequently have very light skin with a slightly blue shimmering undertone. However, Asians, Mediterranean-type or darkly pigmented women also belong to this type. Sometimes the skin may also appear to have an olive complexion. Without make-up this type of skin can be rather pale. Most of the people with this complexion have dark or black hair. One representative is Eliza­beth Tay­lor. The colour of the eyes is either hazelnut, blue or green. Winter types look great in clear, strong and cool colours such as black, white, grey and blue. They should avoid tones such as gold, brown, orange and pastels. Excellent choices for frames would be silver or blue-black models.

The Spring Type

The Spring Type:

Marilyn Monroe was a definitive spring type. The skin tone is peach and sometimes a person of this type will have golden freckles. The hair colour can frequently range from blond to reddish blond paired with eye colours blue, blue grey, green, grey brown or golden green. This type looks fantastic in spring colours such as natural white, creamy beige, lilac, salmon, cornflower blue, light rose, warm browns, gold, copper and bronze. The preferred colours for frames would be gold, beige, lobster red or a light brown.

The Summer Type

The Summer Type:

As a rule, people of this type have ash blond hair and baby blue, brown or grey eyes. Their skin is of a light complexion and rosy, almost pastel coloured. Grace Kelly was a typical representative of this type. Preferred summer type colours are cool, intense, but not too loud or dark, such as grey blue, rose, red, silver grey and parchment white. Summer types should avoid black, gold, orange and snow white. When choosing frames, preferred selections should be rose, light blue or lavender.

The Autumn Type

The Autumn Type:

Singer Milva is one representative of the autumn type. People who belong to this group usually have golden toned skin; however some have ivory or peach coloured skin and a tendency to develop freckles. Many autumn types have red hair with a golden shimmer and dark brown, green brown or green eyes. They should choose all earth tones, including brown, orange and green hues as well as deep reds and ivory or vanilla. Gold, bronze and copper are also great choices. Gold and all natural colours are great fits for this type’s frames.

Other Helpful Hints

Important: When you shop for glasses, take your time. Try as many frames as you want and allow the optometrist to assist you and advise you.  Show your favourite choices to your partner or friends and get advice from people who see you a lot and who know what suits you best. Most importantly, make sure that your glasses are comfortable and you like how they look on you.

It goes without saying that you will receive personal and detailed advice on glasses and shadings at your ZEISS Optometrist.