Buying Eyeglasses

The best glasses for long faces

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There’s no reason to have a long face about, well, having a long face. In fact, a longer face shape pairs well with almost any style of glasses, so you’ll have plenty of choices. To help break up the length of your face, you’ll want to select frames on the larger side. 

Bold shapes and eyeglasses with decorative details are also a smart choice since they help draw attention to your eyes and can add width to your face. Be sure to avoid narrow or rectangular shapes, which can make your face appear longer.

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Do I have a long face shape?

Not to be confused with an oval-shaped face, a long face tends to be slightly longer and narrower than oval shapes. The width of the jawline, forehead, cheeks and forehead will all be roughly the same. However, these features may appear to be narrower than other face shapes. 

If you have a long-shaped face, your face’s length is about twice as long as its width. 

Try these glasses for a long face shape. 

Square glasses 

Woman wearing square shaped eyeglass frames

It’s hip to be square if you have a long face. The sharper corners of square glasses  help balance out the length of your face and complement your narrow features. Choose frames that are slightly wider than your cheekbones to make your face appear broader.  

Two-toned glasses 

Woman wearing two tone framed eyeglasses

Want an easy trick for making your face instantly appear wider? Try two-toned glasses. The color-top frames create an optical illusion that draws focus upward toward your eyes rather than to the length of your face. 

Thick frame glasses 

Man wearing thick framed eyeglasses

They may have a scholastic flair, but thick frame eyeglasses are trending in a big way. Just ask celebrities like Liv Tyler and Adam Levine, who are often spotted rocking the geek-chic frames. Adding bulk to your eyewear adds width to your face for a more balanced look. 

Aviator glasses 

Woman wearing aviator styled eyeglasses

Let’s face it: It’s pretty much impossible not to look cool in a pair of aviators . But what’s even cooler is that the tapered shape, which includes a wider top and more narrow bottom, pairs perfectly with a long face. 

Kiefer Sutherland and Sarah Jessica Parker are just a few fans of the “Top Gun”-inspired style. 

Long faces have a long list of options when it comes to selecting the perfect pair of frames. Whether you’re looking for a more polished, academic look or prefer a more casually cool style, you’re sure to find a pair that makes your personality pop. 

While you might have more narrow features to consider when it comes to fit, always remember to choose eyeglasses that fit snugly across the bridge of your nose (without being too tight) and in which your eyes appear centered, and you’ll be good to go. 

Schedule an eye exam to get your prescription and order the best pair of glasses for you.

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Page updated September 2019

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