A guide to selecting complementary frame styles with design director - Marie Wilkinson.
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 1980’s style frames 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, such as the 1213.
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, such as the 1208 Gin Fizz, which has the right degree of softness whilst minimising a broad forehead. The gentle curves on the sunglass 1206 Gimlet would work well also 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 perfectly. The 1198 Cosmopolitan would be a good choice because it comes with metal nose pads that allow the frame fitting height to be adjusted perfectly. The 1207 Manhattan is a clever shape as it has a generous width brow bar and a gentle tapered angle across the cheekbones.
Those with heart shape faces, a wide forehead and cheekbones and a narrow jaw, are the most fortunate. Those cheekbones can be further emphasised to create a balance between the forehead and chin by throwing the attention to the top of the face. An aviator 1199 Black Russian is the perfect solution. For optical frames, avoid semi rimmed models and select full rimmed shapes with like 1209 and experiment with a patterned tortoiseshell too.
Diamond shaped faceshave 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 (and this could apply to bearded faces too) the emphasis of the frame should be along the browline. Aviator eyeshapes would work well as the gentle taper will flatter a squarer jaw.