How to Pick Glasses for Your Face Shape

We are a glasses wearing family; Mr. T has worn glasses since he was a baby, Armaan got his first pair at 4, and I recently started wearing reading glasses. The only one that is saved from the curse of four-eyes is the princess, Zara. She had an optometry visit a few weeks ago with Dr. Mark at Sullivan Optometry and got the green light for perfect vision. I think she was secretly disappointed that she didn’t need glasses though – the girl really likes to play dress up!

Of course, if she had needed glasses there would have been no problem choosing a pair because Sullivan Optometry has such a great selection. Personally, I’m in love with these ones by Juicy Couture and was totally heartbroken to find out they are juniors. You know I love my hearts.


When I chose my glasses I knew I wanted something sort of geek-chick, cool librarian look (you can totally picture that right?) That worked out fine for me because I have an oval face shape and can wear a lot of different styles of frames, but I thought it would be fun to share some tips on how to pick glasses for your face shape. 

square-face-collage{All images in today’s post are via Getty Images & Glasses are from Bon Look}

If you have a square or rectangular face, you most likely have a strong angular jawline and high cheekbones. It’s best to pair them with soft curves. You could go with round glasses, but I really like an aviator shape on a lady with a square face. Whatever you do, don’t go with square or rectangle frames. 



If you have a circular face do not choose round frames. You’ll want to choose something a little angular and if possible, sweeping upwards at the corner, or with a detailed corner. I like this particular pair because the lighter colour on the bottom of the frame will help soften the look of a round face.

oval-face-collageUs oval faced girls are pretty lucky when it comes to glasses because pretty much any shape of frame will work on an oval face. I really like a classic frame though!

heart-face-collageI absolutely love heart shaped faces and secretly wish I had one because they are perfect for a strong cat eyed frame. If you don’t go for a complete cat eye be sure to pick something that lifts upwards a little at the corner.

Hope this little primer helps you pick the perfect glasses for your face. If you live in the Surrey/Fraser Valley area I highly recommend a visit out to Sullivan Optometry (especially for the kids) – they offer amazing service, a great selection of frames, and replace kids glasses if they break them within a year. You can’t beat that!




  1. March 8, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    Hello! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
    shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your articles.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics?
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  2. October 6, 2017 / 5:28 am

    Thanks for sharing this guide! It was really helpful for my wife. She is getting new glasses soon but can’t decide what she wants to do. I like that you recommend getting glasses with sweeping upwards corners for angular faces. This sounds like a perfect match for her.

  3. lisa
    November 17, 2019 / 3:06 am

    So glad you did a post about this! This is the ONLY place I ever heard bout it. Emily just had hers at 11 months and we were told all is good & to return when she’s light filter

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