As AA Gill phrased it for us, “for people who realise the spectacle, spectacles are an architectural opportunity, decorative features that are devoutly to be prayed for.” Indeed, faces are fabulous. They come in all shapes and sizes, colours and ages, and glasses are here to enhance that window to the world. Even if you’re not lucky enough to need optical frames, you can still join in with some tinted lenses or stylish shades.
At Cutler and Gross our mission is to compliment your assets and bring your frames to life. Marie Wilkinson, our Design Director, has worked with our brand for over 30 years and is essentially the most qualified glasses stylist you’ll come across. After all, she’s fitted many a famous face with their signature glasses - from Colin Firth to Julia Roberts.
See below for Marie’s Style Tips to find a frame shape for every face and use our unique Frame Finder section to narrow the search for your ideal eyewear.
Round faces tend to be fairly equal in depth and width, with no pronounced jawline, so lend themselves to beautiful boxy and geometric shapes. Consider frame styles which are more deep than wide; this will create a balance with rounder features and will make the face appear slimmer. Try an optical frame with a bold brow bar, which draws the eye upward.
Square faces are characterised by a strong jawline, which can be softened with rounded frames. Consider a narrow, rounded oval shape, which sits high on the face and has a degree of softness whilst minimising a broad forehead. A gentle curve on the sunglasses also works well with a beard.
Oval faces, where the width of the face is roughly 2/3 of the height, suit many styles. The key is to ensure that the glasses fit centrally on your face and follow the browline beautifully. Metal nose pads are a good choice as they allow the frame fitting height to be adjusted perfectly. Look for frames with a generous width brow bar and a gentle tapered angle across the cheekbones.
Striking cheekbones can be further emphasised to create a balance between the forehead and chin by drawing the attention to the top of the face. An aviator is the perfect solution. For optical frames, avoid semi-rimmed models and select full-rimmed styles instead.
Diamond shaped faces feature broad cheekbones but are narrow at the eyeline and jawline. This shape would suit frames that draw attention to the eyes. Frames with adjustable nose pads work well, as they can be adjusted to avoid the frame touching the cheekbones.
For those with longer faces and a square jaw (this could apply to bearded faces too), the emphasis of the frame should be along the browline. Aviator shapes would work well as the gentle taper will flatter a squarer jaw.