Face Shape Guide for Glasses


When looking for glasses that fit you perfectly, it helps to know your face shape to find that pair that is right for you. With so many glasses to choose from, knowing what works best can really help in bringing out your unique facial contours. If you have an oval, round, heart, triangle or square shaped face, this guide will help in letting you know which glasses to focus on when shopping. It will also help you figure out which shape you have by illustrating the differences between the most common face shapes.







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  • Reply August 25, 2016

    Cassandra Stewart

    Really miss your try on feature

    • Reply September 1, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Cassandra,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns. We know many people relied on Try On View to give a sense of shape and size before ordering and people have been wondering why it wasn’t included on our new site.

      Our goal has always been to make finding a pair of glasses as easy as possible, and while we know that people loved Try On View, we also discovered that the tool just wasn’t able to give people an accurate depiction of the size and colour of the frames available on the site. People often let us know that there was too much of a difference between what they had seen on Try On View, and what arrived in the mail a few days later.

      We’re confident that our new on-site tool MyFit – which only shows glasses in your ideal fit range – has helped to bridge that gap. MyFit gives you a true comparison between your current pair and the selection of glasses that we offer on our site. Though MyFit functions differently than Try On View, our hope is that people will come to view it as a much more reliable and consistent representation of fit than our original program.

      We only want to provide you with tools in which we have complete confidence. That is also why we offer free returns on all orders — because, in the end, want you to absolutely love your glasses.

      Thank you again for reaching out, Cassandra. If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to let us know. We have fantastic Vision Care representatives who are always happy to e-mail and talk you through shape, size, and style. Give us a call at 1-866-414-2326 or e-mail at info@coastal.com

      • Reply September 24, 2016


        I guess I’ll have to find another source for my glasses. I won’t risk ordering without seeing the try on view.

        • Reply October 7, 2016

          Sarah Arboleda

          Hi Matthew,

          We do apologize again for the inconvenience and frustration caused.

          If you have questions about fit and style, our Vision Care representatives are always happy to help you with choosing a new frame.

          Give us a call at 1-866-414-2326 or e-mail at info@coastal.com.

      • Reply November 4, 2016


        I can’t believe your company took away “Try On View.” This has to be the worst marketing decision you could have made. There is no way I will blindly choose a pair of glasses without being able to see how they might look on my face. The “My Fit” is of no use and is a poor replacement. I will now have to find another company to deal with for glasses or have to actually go to a lens shop to find out how they might look.
        Bad, Bad, Bad Move!

    • Reply September 12, 2016


      100% agree. I am so surprised that it’s been removed. I’ve ordered 2 pairs of glasses with it successfully (which I love love loved) but I don’t think I’ll fly blind with the next pair. You should reconsider this decision, clearly.

      • Reply October 7, 2016

        Sarah Arboleda

        Hi Posy,

        We’ve definitely received a lot of feedback from people who loved the Try On View, and this decision is not one that we take lightly, nor do we have any desire to ignore or diminish the concerns of our valued customers.

        At this time, we cannot guarantee the appearance of a similar online mirror, however we do have full confidence in the efficacy of our MyFit tool to ensure the best possible fit for any frames you see online.

        We do apologize for the inconvenience and frustration caused.

        If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 1-866-414-2326 or e-mail at info@coastal.com

  • Reply August 30, 2016


    What about diamond shaped and rectangular??

    • Reply September 1, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Cleo,

      We apologize for any confusion or concern caused.

      For the most part, a lot of rules similar to Triangle would pertain to Diamond, and Square to Rectangle. Also, your best bet can be to work with particular features rather than an overall shape for the best result.

      For instance, a smooth, rounded base on a pair of glasses works well with angular jaw lines, and winged-out frame tips elongate a narrower forehead.

      If you have more questions about face shape, we have fantastic Vision Care representatives who are always happy to e-mail and talk you through shape, size, and style. Give us a call at 1-866-414-2326 or e-mail at info@coastal.com.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment.



  • Reply September 21, 2016

    tammy smith

    Would like to a pair on

    • Reply October 11, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Tammy,

      If you’re looking for fit or style information, our Vision Care representatives are happy to help. Give us a call at 1-866-414-2326 or e-mail at info@coastal.com

  • Reply September 21, 2016



    • Reply October 7, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Betty,

      The Altus glasses from Perspective still contain frame arms and a nose bridge, which fit over your ears and nose in the same way as a traditional acetate frame. The added advantage with these Perspective glasses is that the frame arm and nose bridge material is made with memory metal — so they can be twisted and bent (up to a point) and still retain their original shape and fit.

      I hope that answered your question, but if there’s anything else we can help you with, please call us at 1-866-414-2326 or e-mail at info@coastal.com

  • Reply November 22, 2016

    S. ALi

    Is there any glasses frame which is suitable for a sad face or in other words is it possible to make a face look happy with any type of glasses?

    • Reply November 28, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi S. Ali,

      I too suffer from a “sad-looking” face, so luckily I do have some tips that have helped me find more uplifting glasses.

      Often downturned features can be balanced with an upturned frame — for instance, a cat eye or retro wingtip style that swoops upward, drawing the eye with it. Otherwise, bright, fun colours or intricate detail can add a sense of bubbliness or glamour to your overall look.

      Some frames I’d recommend that have a few or all of these features:

      For Women

      Kam Dhillon Claudia in Oleander
      Derek Cardigan 7049-49 in Amber
      Evergreen 6049-52 in Cherry Red

      For Men
      Joseph Marc Burrowes in Green
      Derek Cardigan 7036 in Light Brown Horn
      Derek Cardigan 7003 in Burgundy Rust

      Plus you can always give our Vision Care team a call — they’re happy to help with any style and fit questions.



  • Reply November 26, 2016

    Gayle Campbell

    I just ordered a pair of glasses using the new Clearly Contacts website…What a terrible experience. If it had not been for the 50% off lenses offer I would have never persisted through the site. I have shopped CC for years, but do not anticipate that I will be a customer in the future. I missed the try on view, the ability to select and retain favorites, and being able to set filters for the search criteria (lens height and material).

    I hope you will listen to the feedback of your disappointed customers and fix what was not broken.

    • Reply November 28, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Dear Gayle,

      This feedback has certainly not gone unheard, and we are working diligently to find solutions to all of the issues that you have raised above. We know that comments like yours are invaluable to helping any business grow and succeed and we thank you for taking the time to share them with us.



  • Reply November 28, 2016

    Elaine Prophet

    Sorry, another customer here very disappointed that there is no longer a try-on view. I also had to hunt to find out what happened to it. It would have been nice if I didn’t have to open bunch of windows before finding out that the feature has been removed. Perhaps a button on one of the search pages explaining that the feature has been removed would have been a good idea.

    The last pair I ordered I chose from try-on view, and they were perfect. My face is very difficult to fit, and size isn’t the only factor. Without try-on view I can’t trust that the glasses will look right. I don’t have time to be trying on glasses via mail. I guess I’m back to brick and mortar.

    Elaine Prophet

    • Reply November 28, 2016

      Sarah Arboleda

      Dear Elaine,

      Thank you very much for your feedback. I do apologize for the inconvenience and frustration caused, and will pass your concerns and suggestions on to our web team for further review.

      If you’d like to speak directly with a Vision Care representative about fit, you can always contact us at info@coastal.com or 1-866-414-2326.

      Otherwise, if you are located in Vancouver or Toronto, we do have physical locations that you can visit to try on many of our exclusive brand frames in person.



  • Reply December 9, 2016


    I am truly disappointed that the “try on view” feature has been removed. I have purchased eye glasses for myself, my husband and my daughter with great success with the “try on view”. I’m a little lost and confused as to which way to go. We all LOVED the try on view feature. BAD MOVE, super disappointing.

  • Reply December 18, 2016

    Aline Yonkman

    I hate that you have removed the “try on view”. What were you thinking!! I like the “fit view” thing, but you had that before. I used to just put in my previous glasses specs myself. Between knowing the size of my previous glasses and checking out how they looked on me in a photo, I felt I was able to pick a pair of glasses that fit and looked good. You have now removed (i’m not sure why) part if of this very useful system. PLEASE bring it back.

  • Reply January 4, 2017

    Andrew Brock

    Sad to say I’m also apart of the group that loved the “Try on View” and am saddened to see it go. I loved being able to check favourites, save them, try new ones on and see how they fit my face. The size and dimensions of the glasses are not the only thing. It’s how it looks on my face which is the most important to me. Previously, your website was seamless to me and it fit my needs perfectly. I would be shopping on it regularly to try out new looks before making a purchase. I would talk up your website to everyone who wanted to talk glasses and tell them how amazing it was, and how “posting a photo of yourself and seeing what the glasses look like on you” was the first thing I mentioned.

    Now I’m deeply disappointed in this new format. I don’t talk about your website anymore and find the process very hit or miss. Lately I purchased 2 pairs of glasses. One I like and the other, I thought would look good on me, turned out to be a disaster. They looked terrible and I had to return them. While I appreciate the return policy, I find it frustrating that I had to return them in the first place when I know with the old way this probably would not have happened.

    Is it possible to bring, “Try on View” back? There are a great many people who would appreciate it.


  • Reply January 13, 2017


    Have to agree with everyone above.. don’t see how the try on view hurt to have left on the site.. I want to see HOW they look on me not just how they will fit… as others have said- terrible decision on clearlys part. And unless a “vision care rep” can do what the try on view did- which they obv can’t, then talking to them is a total waste of my breathe. Two thumbs down!

  • Reply January 14, 2017


    Just thought I’d throw in my two cents as well about the Try On View. I bought my last pair of glasses on your site using the Try On View. A friend of mine had purchased glasses using Try On and had recommended it to me. I decided to give it a shot and loved it; I was actually surprised at how well it worked. I’m now looking for new frames and like many others here, am disappointed that the feature is gone. I wouldn’t buy a pair blind. For me, the “MyFit” feature isn’t really an adequate substitution – my current pair is a bit small and I’m looking for frames that are slightly larger this go-round.

    In any case, I’m disappointed the feature is gone and wouldn’t purchase through the site without it. I’ll have to rely on your brick-and-mortar stores which unfortunately don’t carry all options.

    Hope you bring it back in the future!

  • Reply February 21, 2017

    Milan Aspe

    Came back to buy a second pair – won’t be a returning customer without the try on view. Very disappointed its been removed. Would rather have it and have differences resulting in a return than no idea what I’m getting.

  • Reply February 26, 2017


    Please bring back try on view and perhaps radd disclaimer that glasses may not look the same in person. At least have pics of frames on models so we can get an idea of what they look like. Myfit is of no use to me.

    • Reply February 27, 2017

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Natalie,

      Thank you very much for your feedback. With some brands, we have included shots of frames on our own colleagues so that our customers can get a better idea of what the glasses look like on different faces.

      At this time, most of the photos on models can be found on glasses from our house brands, which include Derek Cardigan, Kam Dhillon, and Joseph Marc.

      You can see an example on this page if you scroll down:


      This is not currently available for all frames on site, and we understand and apologize for the frustration caused. We are working tirelessly to find new and better ways to buy glasses online, although we don’t want to make any guarantees about individual software updates or programs until they’re final at this time.

      Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts — they are appreciated.



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