Buying Eyeglasses

Glasses for oval faces

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People with oval faces have evenly proportioned features, which means you can wear almost any glasses shape. Although you can get adventurous with styles, round or rectangular frames will really complement your features. Give classic Wayfarer-style glasses or a pair of vintage aviators a try. For women, cat-eye glasses can add a flirty, retro touch to your look. It’s best to avoid oversized frames because they can throw off your balanced proportions. 

What is your face shape?

An oval face shape is longer than it is wide with a softly curved jawline. Your cheekbones are broadly spaced in proportion with your forehead and jaw, and usually set just a little higher on your face. Lastly, your forehead is just a bit wider than your chin. 

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How to pick the right glasses for an oval face

Round glasses

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The oval face shape can rock round glasses . Round frames walk the line between playful and polished and have been a favorite of artists like John Lennon and actress Rashida Jones.

Aviators

Man holding up a pair of aviator glasses in front of his oval shaped face

The iconic aviator shape may conjure up images of Tom Cruise in “Top Gun,” but this style isn’t just for sunglasses anymore. Aviator eyeglasses  work well for both men and women. Celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross and Bella Hadid have been spotted wearing aviators.

Cat-eye glasses

Woman with an oval face shape wearing cat-eye eyeglasses

Although these frames first appeared in the 1960s, they’re still one of the most popular styles for women. This shape is fun and flattering, especially if you have a long face. The cat-eye shape  emphasizes your cheekbones and makes them look more contoured. 

Wayfarer glasses

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Wayfarers  are a bold and classic look. The rectangular shape and thicker frames will set off an oval face shape's features perfectly. For inspiration, look to Michael Caine in the 1965 movie, “The Right Way.”

With an oval face shape, you have almost unlimited options. So have fun experimenting, and find the eyeglasses that feel right for your facial features. While there are a great range of glasses for oval faces, there's one important tip you should keep in mind: Be careful not to order your frames too large. Oval faces look attractive with glasses because of their evenly placed facial features, so a pair of oversized frames might throw that balance out the window. 

Make sure that you select the right size according to your pupillary distance and temple width.

See an eye doctor to get your prescription and order the best pair of frames for you.

NEED TO SEE AN EYE DOCTOR? Find a local optometrist and schedule an appointment.

Page updated September 2019

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