I once knew a fashion designer who complained that researching and designing men’s fashion was more constricted in comparison to women’s fashion. It’s certainly true that colour and flare are more associated with feminine styles, with masculine styles tending to stick closely to the safe ground of minimal lines and bland colour palettes. This poses a problem when it comes to men’s eyeglasses. Do you simply stick to an expected black rim and standard squarish shaped lenses? Or is there room for a little character without looking like you’re presenting a kids’ TV show? Well, we’re going to suggest that the black/grey/brown colour palette exists for a reason – it goes with everything. But as for style? You have a choice. Or do you…
You may not have considered that different styles of glasses are designed to look a certain way for a reason (see this selection of men’s glasses for examples). In the case of rounded faces, angular glasses are designed to help add some much-needed definition. How do you know if you have a rounded face? The answers are that your forehead and smooth cheeks will be similar in shape and size. This can tend to drown out any jawbone lines. Rectangular glasses can help to add in some detail.
Oval faces are often confused with rounded faces because they are closely related in terms of proportion. However, beware confusing a round face for an oval face that is actually better characterised by narrow features. In this case, the height of the frames comes into play more than anything. Thin frames will have little impact, while larger frames will look equally out of proportion. Find the size that suits, and decide your frame type from there.
Rectangular faces and strong lines
Rectangular faces come complete with natural lines – see celebrity face shape examples. Mixed with strong cheekbones and a defined nose, a rectangular face can run the risk of tangling too many focal points where angular glasses are chosen by the wearer. In this case, softening an already characterful visage with thinner or lightweight frames is key. Square or rectangular glasses should also probably be avoided for best results. Choose glasses with curved angles rather than harsh right angles.
Heart shaped faces can often be confused with rectangular faces. The difference is that heart shaped faces are defined by a jawline that tapers to a point. This means that thin frames actually increase this ‘fading’ effect, meaning heart shaped faces should consider thicker frames.