Tips for Selecting Frames

woman with fun glassesWhen it comes to glasses, we know that frames often double as a statement of fashion. While selecting your frame, it’s important to not only look for a frame that represents your personality, but one that looks good and fits your lifestyle! Here are a few factors to keep in mind while browsing through options:

Face Shape

Although there’s no hard-and-fast rule about what frame shape matches different face shapes, here are some pointers to keep in mind.

  • Oval Face
    • Look for frames that are as wide as the broadest part of the face
    • Avoid oversized frames, as they can throw-off the natural balance and symmetry of your face
  • Round Face
    • Look for frames that are square or rectangular. These shapes can help make your face longer and slimmer.
    • Avoid rimless, round and small frames, as these could make your face look rounder.
  • Square Face
    • Look for frames that are round or oval to soften the angles of your face.
    • Avoid angular or boxy frames that could accentuate the angles of your face.
  • Diamond Face
    • Look for frames that extend wider than your cheekbones and complement your features, like a fun cat-eye.
    • Avoid narrow frames that could make your eyes look smaller.
  • Heart-Shaped Face
    • Look for rimless frames, or frames with a wide bottom.
    • Avoid frames that have decorative temples.


Before picking frames, it can be useful to consider your lifestyle. Are you an active, on-the-go type person? Do you have to wear your glasses all day? Do you have sensitive skin? These are just a few questions to ask yourself before you make your decision. Here are a few tips for frames based on lifestyle:

  • If you plan to wear your glasses while participating in activities (i.e. running), consider a frame with subtle nose pads. The nose pads may help to hold your glasses in place with a comfortable grip rather than them sliding down your nose as you move.
  • Plastic frames can be better for long-term wearers, as they tend to be more-lightweight.
  • Certain types of metal frames can be tricky for those with sensitive skin. If you’re interested in a metal frame, consider titanium, as it is hypoallergenic.


Last but not least, you want to consider your personality when picking your frame. Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or want something simple, there are plenty of ways the frame you select can let your personality shine.

  • Pick a fun color, or even a patterned frame to make your glasses an added accessory.
  • Looking for something quirky? Try a round, cat-eye or even aviator style frame.
  • If you want to be trendy, consider a thick, black frame. They are always in style!

Don’t be hesitant to consult with your eye care provider if you have questions about frames that are right for you.

The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.