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What Shape Glasses Are Best for Round Face?

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Choosing a new pair of glasses can be exciting, but with so many styles and options, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Determining your face shape and which glasses shapes suit you best can help narrow down your options.

For those with a round face, the challenge lies in finding frames that add definition and balance to their soft features. Some of the best shapes of glasses to complement a round face include:

  • Square frames
  • Rectangular frames
  • Cat-eye frames
  • Oval frames
  • Wayfarer frames

Choosing the Right Glasses for Your Face

The right pair of glasses can enhance your appearance, reflect your personality, and make you excited to wear them. However, not all frames suit every face shape. Understanding what works best for your unique features can help you find frames you feel great about!

At CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare we carry a wide variety of frames, including exclusive lines such as Lindberg & l.a.Eyeworks. Come visit our award-winning, architecturally marvelous clinic and we’ll help you find the perfect pair of frames that will look amazing & complement your face shape.

Determining Your Face Shape

To find out if you have a round face, measure the following:

  • Forehead width: From hairline to hairline. A wider forehead can contribute to a softer, rounder appearance in a face shape.
  • Cheekbone width: From one cheekbone to the other. In a round face shape, prominent cheekbones may add to the overall circular look of the face.
  • Jawline width: From one corner of the jaw to the other. A rounded jawline often characterizes a round face shape, distinguishing it from other face shapes like square or heart-shaped.
  • Face length: From the hairline to the chin. In a round face shape, a shorter face length compared to the width can contribute to the circular appearance.

Characteristics of a Round Face

A round face typically features softer, more youthful contours with a width and length that are roughly equal. If your face measurements are almost equal in width and length, and you have softer, less angular features, you likely have a round face shape. This shape benefits from frames that add angles and structure.

Best Glasses Shapes for Round Faces

Square Frames

Square frames are a fantastic choice for round faces due to their ability to add angularity and structure. The bold, straight lines of square frames help create a contrast with the soft curves of a round face, enhancing definition and balance. 

Rectangular Frames

Rectangular frames are well-suited for round faces, helping to elongate the face and add a sense of symmetry. By visually lengthening the face, these frames create a flattering balance, making them ideal for individuals looking to add definition and sharpness to their features. 

Cat-Eye Frames

Cat-eye frames are a stylish choice for round faces, as they introduce a sense of uplift and contouring. The upswept corners lift the eyes and cheekbones, creating a flattering contrast to the face’s roundness. 

This frame style adds a touch of sophistication and femininity, making it a popular option for individuals aiming to accentuate their features and achieve a more sculpted appearance.

Oval Frames

Oval frames are a versatile option that complements round faces by providing a harmonious balance. The gentle curves of oval frames soften the angles of a round face, adding a touch of elegance and grace. These frames are known for their universal appeal and ability to suit various face shapes.

Wayfarer Frames

Wayfarer frames are a classic, timeless style that suits round faces exceptionally well. Their bold and angular design adds definition and structure to the face. These frames offer a versatile and modern look that complements the softness of a round face while providing a touch of retro charm.

Frames that May Not Suit Round Faces

While there are no hard and fast rules, some frames may not always complement round faces as well as others. Oversized, circular frames or very small frames that mimic the shape of the face may not provide the contrast needed to make your features pop.

However, it’s important to remember that style is highly personal, and the most crucial factor when choosing glasses is finding a pair you love and feel confident wearing.

Other Face Shapes & Glasses

Heart-Shaped Faces

Heart-shaped faces feature a broader forehead and narrower chin. Frames with wider bottoms or rimless edges often work best.

Oval Faces

Oval faces are versatile and can pull off most frame styles. Experiment with bold shapes and colors.

Square Faces

Square faces have strong jawlines and broad foreheads. Round or oval frames can soften angular features.

Tips for Choosing the Right Glasses

Considering Nose Shape

For a round nose, frames with a higher bridge can help create balance by adding more definition to the upper part of the face and drawing attention away from the roundness of the nose.

Balancing Frame Size with Face Size

Ensure the frames aren’t too large or too small. They should sit comfortably and proportionally on your face. Proportional frames create a harmonious and flattering look that complements your overall appearance.

Colors that Complement Your Features

Selecting frame colors that harmonize with your skin tone, eye color, and hair color is key to creating a cohesive and polished aesthetic. Colors that complement your natural features can enhance your look, making your glasses a stylish accessory that enhances your unique features rather than overpowering them.

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The perfect pair of glasses for a round face adds angles and structure, creating a balanced and flattering look. Don’t be afraid to try different styles and colors. Fashion is about expressing yourself, so have fun with it!

Ultimately, the best frames are the ones that resonate with your unique personality and style preferences. So, while certain frames may not traditionally suit round faces, if you adore them and they make you feel fabulous, that’s all that truly matters.Visit our optical gallery online or in person at CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare and explore our curated collection. Our eyewear experts are here to help you every step of the way.

Dr. Matt Barber of CHROMA modern Eyewear Eyecare

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Dr. Matt Barber

Dr. Matthew G. Barber began seeing patients at CHROMA in September of 2001. For over two decades, Dr. Barber has worked diligently to provide cutting-edge eye care to the people of Fort Worth and its surrounding areas while providing a warm and friendly environment for his patients. He wanted to give the community of Fort Worth something unique and special, and so CHROMA was born.

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