Eyewear 101: How To Pick The Right Frames For Your Face

Eyewear 101: How To Pick The Right Frames For Your Face

Hate choosing frames but love them on other people? Here’s how to get the right fit.

By Siobhan Taylor | 20th November 2018

As far as accessories go, there are none quite as versatile as our frames. They are the perfect addition to any outfit and have the potential to bring together an entire look. Heading to a festival? Opt for on-trend cat eye frames. Putting in long hours at the office? Go with a set of frames that are comfortable and minimalistic. Want a head-turning look? Don’t be afraid of bright and bold frames!

However, as much as we love our frames, it can sometimes be difficult to choose a set that is not just on-trend, but that is also flattering and stylish. To help you better select your next set of frames, we spoke with Madonna Rigney of Madonna Rigney Optometry to learn her top tips for choosing the right frames for your face.

If you love any of the frames below, be sure to visit Madonna Rigney Optometry for all the latest styles.

On The Nose

When it comes to selecting the right set of frames for you, nose-fit is the single most important factor overall. If it’s too tight or too loose, it will feel uncomfortable and distracting. Make sure the frames sit on your nose comfortably and without squeezing or sliding. Of course, your optometrist is able to help you with this step – they are the experts, after all!

Proper Proportions

Selecting the right proportions for your frames is important as it helps to balance the glasses with your face. To keep it simple, the face and frame proportions should match when it comes to glasses. For sunglasses, however, the frames should be slightly larger as you require greater coverage.

How To Pick The Right Frames For Your Face With Madonna Rigney

How to style square frames. Pictured: Madonna Rigney Caroline Abram model Wiam $545, Simon Miller Bonsai 15cm bucket bag $495, Zara Slingback court shoes with elastic strap $59.95, Re/Done Cropped mid-rise skinny jeans $330, Zara Textured blazer with frayed trims $139


Opposites Attract

When it comes to selecting a set of frames that best suits your face, a good rule to follow is to choose the opposite of your facial features. Take into consideration the shape of the top and bottom half of your face. If the top half of your face is wider than the bottom, do the opposite with your frame and vice-versa.

For example, if you have slightly rounder features or face shape, it’s a good idea to opt for angular frames that draw the attention to the top half of your face. This helps to balance out full cheeks and a rounded chin. Alternatively, if you have a square face or strong jaw and forehead, round frames will help to soften your jawline and bone structure.

How To Pick The Right Frames For Your Face With Madonna Rigney

How to style round frames. Pictured: Madonna Rigney Caroline Abram model Nina $495, Madonna Rigney Anne et Valentin model Poppy $565, ALSO Michelle dress $435, Bally Janelle leather slippers $895


Keep It Complementary

As with all things when it comes to fashion, you should always keep in mind to select colours that complement your features and natural appearance. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry – you’re not alone! The below tips are a pretty good place to start.

  • If you have warm-toned skin, you should lean toward warm reds, yellows, oranges, browns, yellow-greens and ivory
  • If you have cool-toned skin, you should lean toward blue-based reds, blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens and magentas
  • If you have neutral-toned skin, you can pull off pretty much any colour

How To Pick The Right Frames For Your Face With Madonna Rigney

How to style cat-eye frames. Pictured: Madonna Rigney Resrei model Salina $555, Madonna Rigney Francis Klein Paris model Mali $715, Alias Amina heel $189.95, Mara Hoffman Moon puff sleeve top $430, Zara Pleated skirt with print details $99

You Do You

At the end of the day, what’s important is that you choose a style that you love. If you want a subtle look, following the above tips will help. If you want a bolder, more provocative look, then go ahead and break all the rules! There’s no such thing as a foolproof fit for different face shapes. It’s all about having the confidence to carry off whatever look you love most. But our most important tip? Trust the experts! Chatting to your expert optometrist can help you to pick a set of frames that suit your individual style while still flattering your natural appearance.


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Article by Siobhan Taylor

Brisbane gal through and through, Siobhan is an avid cider-enthusiast and a keen believer in brunch (house deposit be damned). When she's not at the beach, she can be spotted lusting after makeup she can't afford, re-watching The Office (the US version, obviously) or annoying her friends with her insane astrology theories (she's an Aquarius, FYI).


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