How To: Choosing Glasses for Square Face Shapes

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Glasses come in hundreds of different designs. It can be a difficult task to buy one off the rack and feel like they suit your face. Instead of making your look more beautiful (or handsome, for that matter), the frames you may not feel right.

So, the solution is to choose glasses that suit your face shape perfectly. If you are trying to choose glasses for square face shapes, there are a few things to keep in mind while shopping.


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Remember, the shape of your face determines the shape of the frames that suits your face. If you have a square face, the shape of the frames you choose should be opposite of the shape of your face. Round and oval glasses are perfect for square faces while square and rectangular glasses are perfect for round faces. Other face shapes also have their own ideal frame shapes.


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Here is how you should choose glasses for square face shapes:

  • Make sure you have a square face: There are several different face shapes, such as square, round, oval and oblong. If you are not a good judge of face shapes, then it can be confusing.  Many people do not know what shape their faces have. So look at the mirror, and compare your face with those of famous square-faced celebs like David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock.
  • Go for oval and round frames: A square face shape is angular with a strong horizontal jaw line, square chin and broad forehead. The width and the length of the face are proportional. The purpose of glasses is to soften the sharpness, balance the angles and make your face appear a little longer. Glasses with oval and round frames are perfect for that.
  • Draw attention away from the angles of your face: If you believe that you have a face shape that is too square, then you should try to divert people’s attention away from the shape of your face. Wearing glasses that add a pop of color is a great way to do that. Go for green, coral or shades of red if you are a blonde. Wear black, blue or pink frames if you are a brunette. Choose black, blue or other dark colors if you have black hair. Similarly, different shades of brown are perfect for brown eyes, green and brown are great for hazel eyes, blue and grey go very well with blue eyes, and brown, gold and shades of purple are best for green eyes.

A face with a square shape is considered to be a ‘strong’ face. The purpose of your glasses, besides protecting your eyes and improving your sight, should be to soften the lines and angles of your square face. So when looking for glasses for square face shapes, avoid square and geometric frames that accentuate the angles and lines of your face.

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2 Comments

  • Reply April 21, 2017

    Katrina

    Super helpful article! I’m going blonde soon, so I’m excited to learn that red frames will match!

    Question though. Now, I’ve heard the whole “go round to soften your face” thing about square faces a lot, but to me, this always makes faces seem even more harsh and square. Wouldn’t it make sense to choose very rectangular lenses, to make your face seem less so in comparison?

    I know that whenever I want my teeth to look whiter, I’ll wear yellow to make them seem lighter in comparison. That mentality, I guess.

    Thoughts?

    • Reply May 16, 2017

      Sarah Arboleda

      Hi Katrina,

      You’re right. Often the rules regarding face shapes work best when you think about it either as “balancing” or as “complimenting,” like you’ve suggested here. So while rounder frames might balance some angular features and square jaws, others may indeed find that super clean lines help to minimize the angles of their own face. It’s always an individual thing. I suppose the only shapes you want to avoid are anything in-between: so squared-off ovals, or rounded wingtips.

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