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 SIZE GUIDE

Size Guide

Linda Farrow

Fitting Guide

Diamond

Diamond face shapes are a rarity, characterised by a narrow forehead and eye-line, wide accentuated cheekbones and a narrow jaw line and chin.

Glasses - When choosing glasses seek to emphasise the eyes and cheekbones, and draw attention up to the top of the face. This can be achieved with upswept and top heavy frames, such as cat eye styles, semi rimless and browline glasses or top rim detailing. Otherwise oval shapes can help maintain the balance of the face, and aviators, circular and some square frames often also flatter the diamond shape. It is best to avoid narrow frames, which draw attention to the narrow eye line.

Square

The square face shape is characterised by its proportional width and length, with prominent straight lines that create an angular shape with a broad forehead, wide cheeks and a strong jaw line.

Glasses - When choosing glasses it is best to look for soft rounded frame features, especially in rectangular frames, counter balancing the angular features of a square face. Slim and delicate frames, and aviator style sunglasses are often best suited. Wide and high sitting frames, with top or mid-frame attached temples, can create the illusion of a longer and leaner face. To balance a strong jaw, it is best to try oval; round or ‘Butterfly’ shaped glasses, oversized glasses with strong details can also compliment the straight lines of this shape. It is best to avoid accentuating facial angles with ‘Browline’ styles, angular, square and double bar detailing, which mirror the lines and features of the face. Additionally low set temples and coloured bottom part of the frame emphasise a heavy jaw line.

Round

The round face is characterised by its near proportion in width and length, featuring full cheeks, rounded chin and a few angles.

Glasses - When choosing glasses the main objective is to create an elongating illusion, which is best achieved with rectangular, narrow and angular shapes. Up-swept frames will give more definition and widen the eyes, or alternatively a clear bridge will also achieve the effect of widening eyes. When choosing sunglasses aviator shapes, as well as angular and square styles, are very well suited for the round face. It is best to avoid small frames that counter balance proportions, as well as round shaped glasses.

Heart

The heart face shape is characterised by a broad forehead, wide cheeks and a narrow chin.

Glasses - When choosing glasses it is best to balance the facial features with frames that accentuate the bottom part of the face. Thin rectangular frames with a broad base, D-Frames, and feminine cat eyes help create the illusion of a wider jaw line which flatters the heart shaped face. Styles with low set temples, as well as oval glasses, can often flatter by accentuating the eyes. It is best to avoid glasses that draw attention to the forehead, especially frames that are ‘heavy’ at the top, or decorative temples that add width to the eye line.

Rectangular

The rectangular face shape is characterised by its long and narrow contour, often accompanied with features such as a tall forehead, high cheekbones and a long nose. The rectangular face is commonly longer then it is wide, and has prominently angular features

Glasses - When choosing glasses it is advised to focus on softening facial angles and creating the illusion of a shorter face. To counter balance a long nose, look for a low set bridge that shortens the extended nose line. ‘Tall’ frames with accented top rims also achieve a shortening effect, whilst decorative temples widen the face and balance the proportions. Aviator, oval and some square shapes, in the correct proportions, also compliment the rectangular face. It is best to avoid accentuating the face length with short and small frames that are out of proportion.

Oval

The oval face shape is characterised by its balanced proportions and softly rounded features. The oval face shape is longer than it is wide, has high cheekbones and a rounded chin that is somewhat narrower then the forehead.

Glasses - Majority of styles suit the oval face, however it is important to maintain the balance of the proportions by ensuring the width of glasses are at least as wide as the broadest part of the face. Details such as accented rim tops and decorative temples, perfectly complements the oval face. It is best to avoid small frames that are out of proportion with the facial dimension, as well as narrow glasses that accentuate face length

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