Glasses for a Square Face

By Gordon Wong, OD on August 30, 2019

Man with square face wearing glassesWhile LASIK and contact lenses are popular, many people who come to GW Eye Associates are simply looking for a comfortable, stylish pair of prescription glasses. Dr. Gordon Wong has helped so many people in the La Jolla, CA area find the glasses they need.

One of the challenges of getting glasses is finding the best frames for your face. Below, we have some advice and insight on how to pick glasses for people with square-shaped faces.

Characteristics of a Square Face Shape

What does it mean when someone says “a square face”? You might know it when you see it, but may not be sure how to articulate it. Here are two common characteristics of a square-shaped face:

  • The jaw, cheekbones, and forehead are generally the same width
  • The face has many straight and/or angular lines

Keep in mind that the prominence of the chin doesn’t play much of a role when defining a square face shape. The description applies to the general contour and dimensions of a person’s head.

Ideal Qualities in Frames That Complement a Square Face

If you want to find good eyewear that complements a square face, consider the following qualities that can make a difference:

  • Pick glasses with eye wires/rims wider than your cheekbones
  • Consider rounder frames to soften your facial features
  • Thinner frames typically avoid emphasizing the squareness of your features

General Suggestions for Frames

Here are a few suggestions for types of frames that work well for patients with square faces:

  • Round Glasses - Round glasses can give you the look of a scholar or librarian. The thickness and color of the frames can bring out additional qualities in your personality and your face.
  • Browline Glasses - Browline glasses emphasize the brow area with, with darker colors and thick frames. The underside of the eye wires are typically thinner and lighter colored for a fashionable yet sophisticated look.
  • Colored Oval Glasses - Oval frames again help soften the harder angles of your facial structure while also complementing the width of your cheekbones. Colored frames achieve a better overall look with these kinds of glasses.

Try Different Frame Styles to Find the One That’s Best for You

The above tips and advice are just suggestions. It’s important that you try many glasses on yourself to find the frames that are best for you. You need to see those frames on your face to know if they’re for you. Also, just because we suggested round frames doesn’t mean you won’t look good with wayfarer glasses or semi-rimless glasses.

To put it another way, face shape is just one aspect of your appearance and says nothing about your personality. Find the glasses that fit your face as well as who you are inside. There are so many options to choose from, there’s bound to be frames right for you.

Our Eyewear Experts Are Here to Help

As you’re narrowing down your selection, keep in mind that our team is here to help. We can offer advice on frames you’ve picked out, or we can make some suggestions to help you start finding the best frames for you.

Learn More About Glasses and Frames

If you would like more information about picking the right glasses and frames for your needs, be sure to contact our skilled team of optometrists. The team at Gordon Wong Eye Designs & Optometry can be reached by phone in La Jolla at (858) 454-4699 and in Del Mar at (858) 755-9465.

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