An oval face shape doesn’t say anything about what glasses you should wear—only you can decide which frames you love. But while you’re shopping, you might want to know what each style of glasses can bring to the table, and feel out the aesthetics that call to you. Are you someone who gravitates more toward strong angles or shapely curves? Do you skew modern or traditional? And how might different frame shapes complement an oval face shape?
There’s no one “best” glasses shape for an oval face, but there’s lots of variety out there. This guide is meant to help you sift through the options and find the glasses that make you and your eyes happy.
How can you tell if you have an oval-shaped face? For starters, it’s an extremely common face shape, so if you think you have one, you probably do! But if you want to check out your face’s proportions in the mirror, look for some the following traits:
Your face is about twice as long as it is wide
Your face narrows slightly at the forehead and chin
Your face has a relatively even width all the way down, or is widest across your cheekbones
Your forehead is the same width as or just a bit wider than your jawline
Some people with oval faces have rounded foreheads and chins, whereas others might have more pointed features. The relatively even width of the face is what distinguishes oval face shapes from diamond ones, which are more notably wide across the cheeks and may not be as long.
Remember, your face probably won’t meet all of the criteria for a certain face shape. Those descriptions are generalizations, and they don’t always respect the fact that everyone’s face is different (and lovely because of it!).
Best Glasses Shapes for an Oval Face
Finding glasses for an oval-shaped face is a matter of picking through tons and tons of choices. The good news is that you can pull off any frame you like. (Here’s a secret—that’s true of any face shape!)
The “bad” news is that you have so many frames to choose from that it may be a tough choice. Consult our tips below to learn how certain frames will complement your oval face. If they’re helpful, use them as guidelines while you shop for glasses online or elsewhere.
Rectangle glasses are the perfect counterpoint to an oval face shape: they’re wider than they are long, the opposite of your facial proportions. Their straight lines also play well with an oval face’s curves, resulting in a refined look that you can punch up with colorful frames or embellishments.
Like their rectangular siblings, square glasses work with oval faces because their strong lines and perpendicular angles provide contrast. In fact, they can offer even more contrast and dimensionality than rectangular frames, as their boxy lenses stand out on a longer face.
Round glasses balance out an oval face shape. You’re layering curves on curves, but they’re different enough from each other to create a pleasing visual effect. We suggest looking at both retro and modern round designs, with thick or thin frames.
Cat-eye glasses draw attention to your cheekbones, interrupting the even proportions of an oval face in an elegant way. These frames can quickly become the focal point of your face, so you can lean into that dynamic by selecting styles with dramatic brows, or downplay them with ever-so-slightly upswept corners.
With their big teardrop-shaped lenses, aviator glasses command attention at the same time as they let your facial features shine through. They give your eyes plenty of lens to work with, and often feature a brow bar that adds just the right amount of boldness with its straight line.
Glasses that Might Not Work as Well For Oval Faces
As we’ve said before, you can wear any glasses frame with an oval face shape and look absolutely fabulous. There aren’t any restrictions—you’re the boss of your personal style! The frames below might (might!) present some styling challenges for an oval face, but that doesn’t mean they’re not for you. Try them on and see what works!
Sometimes, oversized frames can unbalance the even proportions of an oval face shape. Experiment with big, bold frames to see which ones appeal to you more than others.
Frames that Are Way Wider or Less Wide Than Your Face
Glasses that extend too far beyond the sides of your face, or not far enough, can also mess with the natural balance of an oval face. What’s more, glasses with these extreme widths are less likely to fit you well!
The Best Frames for Oval Faces? Any Glasses That Make it Glow
The only downside to having an oval face is that you can feel overwhelmed by choice. You might make your shopping process easier by keeping the above style tips in mind (or reading our guide to buying glasses online), but at the end of the day, your oval face will look best in any pair of glasses—as long as you love them.
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