Choosing the right frame for you
Important things to take into consideration:
Hair Colour and skin tone
When it comes to choosing spectacle frames one size definitely does not fit all! Many factors need to be taken into account to ensure the optimal fitting frame is chosen – your spectacle prescription, face shape, the frame size relative to your head size and features. Face shape, hair colour and skin tone need to be taken into consideration to ensure the frame is the best style and look for you. We then take into account your lifestyle, occupation, and hobbies to ensure we select the correct frame features – spring hinges, comfort bridge and most importantly frame material plastic, metal, titanium, carbon fibre, memory metal etc. The frame is then checked to ensure it is suitable for your prescription and your lens choice, whether it is a single vision lens for reading or a varifocal for everyday use.
In short, correctly picking a spectacle frame is much more complicated that it might appear on the surface. It is a hugely skilled task which requires experience and expert knowledge of frame materials, lens designs and the anatomy of the face. It is with this in mind that we ensure all of our spectacles and sunglasses are selected and fitted by our highly skilled and experienced dispensing opticians and optometrists.
Everyone’s face is different. Choosing a frame that compliments your face shape, size and features is one of the most important considerations when selecting new spectacle frames. Determining what face shape you have will allow you and our dispensing opticians to select spectacles that will enhance and compliment your features.
An oval face with a rounded chin and forehead is ideal for spectacle wear as almost any frame design will suit. An oval face appears longer than it is wide, with the forehead being slightly wider than the jawbone, frames that are as wide or slightly wider than the broadest part of the face will help maintain this natural balance.
A circular face with a rounded chin and round cheeks often has no angles for definition and the width and length and proportionally similar. The aim in this case is lengthen, narrow and give more definition to the face shape as well as widening the eyes. Angular, narrow frame styles can helps lengthen the face, while a clear bridge will helps draw emphasis to the eyes. Strong, wide rectangular frame shapes will balance the shape of the face and help add some definition.
Defined by a face with a narrow forehead, wide cheekbones and a narrow chin; the least common of the face shapes. The diamond face is usually narrower at the eye line and jaw line, with dramatic high cheekbone structure. Adding width to the face can be achieved by drawing attention and breadth to the eyes. Oval shaped frames, rimless frames, large oversized frames and frames with strong, distinctive brow lines will help achieve balance and draw attention to the eyes.
Unlike a rectangular face the width and length of the face are equally proportional, with strong jaw line and broad forehead. The aim in this case is lengthen the face and soften the angles of the face. This can be achieved utilising round and oval frame styles. Square frames should be avoided as the aim is the place emphasis on the eyes, lengthen the nose and soften the jawline. Square frames will accentuate rather than soften these features.
A longer face with a square chin, strong jaw line and longer nose length defines the rectangular face. A rectangular face looks particularly good in modern styles, large, square frames with decorative and contrasting temples and a low bridge. The aim is help shorten the appearance of a longer noise, balancing the face by making it appear shorter and more defined.
The pyramid face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin; unusual but not as rare the diamond face shape. The overall aim here is to bring the top third of the face into proportion with the lower third; widening and adding emphasis to the narrow upper third of the face thus bring the entire face back into perfect balance. This can be achieved by rawing attention to the eyes using frames with detailing on the top half and bold striking colours.
Cat’s eye frame shapes will work particularly well.
The triangular face typically has a broad forehead, tapering down to a narrow rounded chin. Frames with light materials, rimless frames, small square or rounded frames and frames that are wider at the bottom will help bring a more balanced proportion to a triangular face. The ideal frame will minimise the width of the top of face and bring greater emphasis on the lower half of the face.
Hair Colour and skin tone
In much the same way that we learn which colour of clothes suit our body shape, complexion and hair colour we should apply these same rules to picking a spectacle frame complimentary to your hair colouring and skin tone. Individuals with fair hair should ideally look at softer pastel shades, transparent or metal frames and be careful that the frame doesn’t overwhelm your features. Individuals with dark colouring, black and brown hair can afford more dramatic bold styling. Our dispensing opticians can help you choose the ideal frame colour.
Frame Size and shape
The size of the frame can be very important, particularly if you have a higher prescription, in ensuring your spectacle lenses do not become overly thick. The size and shape of the frame is also crucial in ensuring a comfortable fitting frame which will look great on your face. Long-sighted individuals should ideally stick to small, rounder shaped frames as these will ensure thin lenses. Short-sighted individuals should ideally look at plastic frames which will help hide the thicker edge of the lens. Of course our dispensing opticians can advise you on what works best for your prescription. We can also ensure thin light lenses in a number of our ways such as thinning the lenses down using thinner light materials, reducing thickness using aspheric, customised lens designs.