Face Shape Guide for Glasses

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Here’s the truth about face shapes: almost nobody is a perfect heart, circle, square, or any other narrowly defined category. Most faces are a combination of a few different shapes: rounded chins and tall foreheads, angular features and tapered jaws, and so on.

Trying to pick just one stock image out of a lineup can feel impossible. What you want is the shape that looks the most like yours — even if your chin is a little more pointed than the “typical” oval, or your forehead a little wider than the “usual” inverted triangle. These are all just guidelines to help you determine how to balance and complement your features, not unbreakable rules.

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 face shape guide will help in letting you know which glasses to focus on when shopping.


SHOP BY FACE SHAPE


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Oval is considered the most universal face shape — so have fun with the latest trends because most will work for you.


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Triangular faces are widest on bottom, narrowest on top so you want to find a mirror-opposite frame: bold on top, light on bottom.


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Square faces often have bold, angular features and cut a clean, straight line from the forehead to the jaw. They look best in rounded, thinner frames.


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Round faces are all soft curves and smooth lines with a face that is roughly the same width from the jaw up through to the brow. They look great in bold, angular glasses with clean lines.


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Heart shape faces are widest at the brow, narrowing down through to the chin. They look great in winged-out frames that jut out slightly wider than their forehead and rounded bases to balance and complement their features.


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Looking for more information on how to find your perfect pair of glasses?

Our Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Pair of Glasses provides more information on tailoring your frame to ensure the perfect fit, shopping by frame type, and tips for complementing your eyewear to your hair and eye color, and skin tone.

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Originally published November 2013. Updated March 2017.

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45 Comments

  • 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

        Matthew

        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

        Derek

        Hi,
        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

      Posy

      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

    Cleo

    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.

      Best,

      Sarah

  • 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

    BETTY

    I HAVE A SQUARE FACE CAN YOU. EXPLAIN THE CLASSES ATLIUM TO ME. HOW DO THE ARMS STAY ON YOUR EARS?

    • 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.

      Email:
      info@coastal.com

      Phone:
      1-866-414-2326.

  • 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.

      Best,

      Sarah

  • 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.

      Best,

      Sarah

  • Reply December 9, 2016

    Holly

    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.

    Thanks!

  • Reply January 13, 2017

    Stephanie

    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

    Annie

    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

    Natalie

    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:

      https://www.clearly.ca/glasses/derek-cardigan/derek-cardigan-7004?v=brown-tortoiseshell#/?_k=h8e7i7

      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.

      Best,

      Sarah

  • Reply February 27, 2017

    Frank Delaware

    It’s time for me to get new glasses, and I was curious about how you would go about choosing the right ones for you. I never knew that if you have a more square face, then you should choose a thinner frame that won’t overwhelm. It would be nice to not have to worry about the frames I get matching with everythinh in the end.

    • Reply March 1, 2017

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Frank,

      Choosing the right frame is always a combination of factors, but one of the biggest is just personal style — if you like your glasses, then in the end that’s all the matters. A lot of fashion rules around face shapes are just there to help make the selection process a little easier, but sometimes the information can seem overwhelming or confusing.

      If you think you have a more square face, in general, then smooth, rounded edges or up-turned temples can be a flattering option. If you know that you often have a hard time fitting the u-shaped “saddle” bridge on your nose, then adjustable pads help make the fit process easier. If you find that your glasses often come loose at the arm, then spring hinges are a good choice.

      If you’d like assistance picking out your next pair, you can always give us a call at 1-866-414-2326.

      Best,

      Sarah

  • Reply March 1, 2017

    Tamara

    Hello, I purchased a pair of glasses from your company a few years ago when you had the ‘try on view” feature and was completely happy with that tool and, as well, with the glasses I received. I just returned to your site to choose another pair (or two) and was totally surprised that you have eliminated such a user friendly, completely essential and valuable tool for your customers! I completely disagree that the “my fit” tool is a better option and if you feel that it provides such valuable information to customers then, perhaps you should include it in addition to the “try on view” feature as opposed to having it as the only option. Unfortunately, I won’t be ordering glasses from you for this reason.

  • Reply March 3, 2017

    Marty

    Seriously bring back the ‘Try On View’ — it is OK to make a mistake (marketing or otherwise) if you recognize the bad move and turn it around.

    You can always offer it with a strongly worded DISCLAIMER — along with your new and far less effective techniques.

    In business and life in general always remember the 20/80 Pareto Principle — I am confident the number or your dedicated regular purchasers (including me) are no longer ordering.

    Very Truly,
    Marty
    Los Angeles

    ps: I have owned the same popular LA nightclubs for almost two decades — we have made many mistakes in both trying to fiddle with what’s working and chasing current trends — the quicker we recognize our mistakes the quicker and more effectively we stop the bleeding and our business returns to a growth pattern. Please, please return this much loved tool. Additionally, not a day goes by when a stranger doesn’t compliment my glasses and I tell them about your ‘Try On View’ and they immediately ask for your website — you can’t buy that type of response! For the love of God please bring it back!

  • Reply March 8, 2017

    Cheryl habart

    I’ve bought around 5 to 6 pairs of glasses using the try on view and all have been great with the exception of one pair. Love the try on feature. Without the try on view feature…you’ve lost a loyal customer and a customer that recommended you to many. Bad move for sure!

  • Reply March 12, 2017

    Danielle

    Like a number of customers, I was extremely disappointed to find the Try On View feature had been removed. I had a great deal of success with it in the past and had not only purchased glasses through the website for years but had also recommended the site to numerous people because of it. It was an incredibly convenient, helpful, frequently reliable, and time-saving tool. I can’t help but see this decision as taking a huge step back in customer satisfaction. I often wished other businesses would find a way to incorporate a similar feature to make online shopping easier, resulting in fewer disappointments and saving time both on browsing and on returns. However, the features put in place of the Try On View have made shopping for glasses no easier than shopping online for shoes and clothing. A trip to local eyewear stores has now become more convenient, reliable, and efficient.

  • Reply March 13, 2017

    Kym Kelloway-Lee

    My husband I have bought from clearly.ca for years and have consistently used the try on view. The ease that the try on view provided, now that it is gone, will definitely impact purchasing glasses from Clearly in the future as neither of us bothered reading your suggested face types – truly, these generalizations of our faces does not help with selecting glasses that are worn daily.

    I was very curious to find today that clearly.com.au still offers the try on view.

    Only because of the current lens sale did we purchase just one pair each (I normally buy multiple pairs) but it took a very long time to select without the try on view.

    Lastly, the favourite’s feature now dumps your saved frames between sessions, this just started on Saturday – so taking a moment to think about your favourites is now also gone.

    Clearly, before you go ahead and make changes to your website, I respectfully suggest so that you don’t lose more of your faithful clientelle that you do some extensive real user costumer feedback. Then when you make changes please inform your consumers of the changes so that they don’t have to surf the internet looking for answers as to where known and trusted features have gone.

  • Reply March 17, 2017

    Abby

    I don’t understand how you can think that the My Fit is a good substitute for the Try On View!
    No matter how well a pair of glasses fit my face, I won’t purchase them if I don’t like the way they LOOK on my face with my hair color, eye color and skin tones. That’s like saying you should buy a dress because it fits you not because of the style and color.

    It seems you are going to lose many customers over your decision to take down the Try On View. Me included.

  • Reply March 18, 2017

    Dan

    I’d like to add my voice. The ‘try on view’ was great. It is unfortunate that some customers couldn’t understand the obvious limitations of such a system. I bought several pairs of glasses and always got EXACTLY what I expected. Wouldn’t a disclaimer combined with your new system work much better than complete guesswork based on ‘face shape types’? Face shape is 2 dimensional. Granted, so is a picture, but the picture has the illusion of depth and from a logical perspective this allows you to make MUCH more informed decisions. I am VERY disappointed. Why not offer the try on view as a tool for those who want it? This will almost certainly flood your returns department with people NOT getting what they want, much more than the few people who didn’t measure their eye width properly, couldn’t envision the lighting difference, or had differing / unrealistic expectations of how they would look with their new glasses. This one more example of lowering the bar for all the morons out there.

  • Reply May 10, 2017

    JohnLouis

    Wow….

    What an incredible post…..

    It is very true and pretty obvious that the size of your face plays a vital role in picking the right pair of glasses. The eyewear that you are picking for yourself must be compatible in terms of size and proportion of your face.

    A large size of the frame goes with a large face and a smaller frame will look good with a smaller face. Contrasting frames should also be considered to your shape.

    My eye site is weak and I have been wearing glasses, since the age of 14…..Right now, I am 34, so, you can imagine my situation that what it feels to wear glasses 24X7. My thoughts were changed when I tried eyeglasses from http://www.classicspecs.com/collection/mens-eyeglasses/ store. TRUST ME….it was an awesome experience.

    BUT…..trend have changed today…People prefer wearing glasses as a style statement.

    I completely agree that eyeglasses should be chosen according to your face shape and size. The right choice can make your stand out even with geek style eyeglasses.

    Thank you so much for sharing this

  • Reply May 30, 2017

    Nina

    Another disappointed customer voicing that it was A) shocking that you removed the “Try on View” option in the first place and B) that after so many comments/complaints that it has not been brought back yet. I tried the Fit Me tool and it’s impossible to tell how the glasses will fit my face, even if I chose a shape as suggested. Also, I don’t see how using the company’s models will help people in choosing their own pair of glasses. Not a smart move Clearly.ca. Whomever made this decision internally did not think this through and you’re making it worse by not bringing back the feature that was so liked by all.You “clearly” can’t “see” what your clients want.
    BIG thumbs down.

  • Reply June 10, 2017

    Danika Ellis

    You’ve clearly committed to not bringing back the “try on” feature, but I just wanted to add my name to the list of people who will no longer be buying glasses from Clearly Contacts because of this change. Replacing this with “Look at these three drawing of faces and pick which one kind of look like you, then trust us that you’ll like how these look on your face” is not at all helpful.

    I used the try on feature to try glasses that I never would have though would look good on me, and was surprised that they actually looked okay in the feature. I bought them, and they are by far the best frames I’ve ever had. Without being able to see them in try on mode, I never would have tried them. I guess I’ll go back to in-store purchases, even if they’re more expensive. At least I know what I’m getting.

  • Reply June 12, 2017

    Carissa

    I hope you bring back the Try On View function.

  • Reply June 17, 2017

    Lindsay

    No more try on view :'(

    Was a customer for a long time… recently mostly purchased contacts. I’m sad this feature is gone and don’t see myself purchasing eyeglasses again. I had recommended your site to many people for that particular function. Has anyone found a similar function on an alternative site???

  • Reply June 24, 2017

    Scott

    Try on view has worked for me 100% of the time… in fact; it’s the reason I use clearly.ca to purchase my glasses.

    Bad choice getting rid of this strong feature… think someone will be fired over this one…

  • Reply July 5, 2017

    10 year Clearly Customer

    I’ve only ever purchased glasses from Clearly the last 10 years. The try on view was 100% effective for me every time. What a horrible decision to remove it. This is the first time I’m venturing over to other websites to see what’s out there.

  • Reply July 8, 2017

    Kira

    I just got a new prescription today and was going to order a pair of glasses with the digital lenses. I can’t believe the “Try On” view option has been removed – what a horrible decision. It looks as though many others have expressed their disappointment, and I’d imagine there are even more who haven’t bothered leaving a comment but have quietly gone elsewhere. I sure hope you reconsider this move – I simply don’t feel comfortable ordering without the Try On view.

  • Reply July 26, 2017

    Harley

    I bought several pairs of glasses from your site using “Try On View” and was ALWAYS happy with the outcome as the actual outcome was extremely close to the on-screen image. I tried your My Fit tool and face shape recommendation and to be honest they were useless. Without try on view I will be taking my business elsewhere as there are many other providers that have a version of try on view. If you do decide to bring “Try On View” back please email so I can return as a customer.

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