The Loxley style handbook
Lets talk face shape
Choosing the perfect eyewear isn’t always easy. The frame you pick ideally needs to communicate your individual style and personality while suiting your overall aesthetic.
But don’t panic just yet, this becomes much more digestible when you begin to break it down- let’s talk about face shape.
Face shape categories
From the top of your head to the tip of your toes, you are unique. Faces are no exception, no two are the same BUT we do share similarities that allow us to form helpful tips when considering what compliments you specifically.
There are 6 main ‘face shape categories’ that most people fall into, from one extent to another:
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If you have an Oval face then lucky to you! You win the prize for most versatile face shape. Oval faces are well balanced and softly rounded, with a gentle narrowing at the forehead and jaw
Although numerous frames will suit you, this doesn’t mean all of them will be what you’re looking for- Always take into account individual style and who you are as a person.
Emphasising the natural balance of the face and adding angles to its soft curves is always a good place to start.
Try to find a frame that is as wide or wider than the broadest part of your face (around the eyes.) Rectangular, solid, cat eye, oversized and retro looks do wonders for maintaining and highlighting the natural balance you already have! If you got it, flaunt it.
Square faces are angular and distinctive, with the forehead, cheeks and chin being equally broad– the jaw will often be a very pronounced feature. Frames that soften these angles tend to work well for this reason.
If this sounds like you then take a rounded frame for a spin! Circles and ovals are your new best friends.
A feminine cat eye frame can also be flattering since again, it softens the edges of your face whilst drawing it in- creates a‘narrowing’ illusion.
Top Tip: Avoid angular, square and thin styles which draw attention to the chin- Solid acetate over thin metal! HOWEVER this rule can be broken if your aesthetic thrives off an Intentionally harsh/serious look- if a frame feels like you then go for it!!
If you have a rounded face you’ll normally have fuller cheeks, a wider forehead and soft, curved chin.
I’m sure you’ve picked up on the fact it’s all about balance by now, so what balances out a round face? The opposite.
Think classic square and solid rectangular frames that create sharp angles. A Cat eye shape also works well to elongate and narrow the face.
A diamond face shape is categorised by its narrow eye and jaw line, along with high narrow cheekbones, drawing into a more pointed chin. Adding width to the eye area, for this reason, is a good call to balance out the face.
Focus on details. A top heavy frame, such as semi-rimless, works well to draw attention to the eyes. Oval frames soften the harshness of angles, think small, neat and minimalist.
The defining feature of an oblong face is its length. It is noticeably longer than it is wide and has a long, straight cheek line.
To enhance the balance of an oblong face structure, try frames that are deeper than they are wide such as bold square shapes.
Avoid narrow and rectangular frame shapes that will accentuate the length of your face.
Details and descriptive elements can work well in your favour by adding some attention to the width of your face, so go wild! A cat eye frame again works well by emphasising your cheekbones and adding structure.
Heart shaped faces often have a broad brow with a narrow chin. Unlike an oblong facial structure, you’ll want to seek out frames that elongate the face, drawing attention downwards and evening out proportions
Look out for light coloured or rimless glasses. To broaden the lower part of the face, frames which are bottom heavyalso work well along with rounded or cat eye styles.
One rule broken, another followed...
Now bear in mind that these are just some handy guidelines to find a frame that best suits your face structure and promotes balances, therefore creating an aesthetically pleasing look.
HOWEVER… don’t tell anyone but… you can break the ‘rules!’ Just take into consideration one thing, it’s best to break one to create a quirky edge instead of all, which can look a little confusing.
What does this mean exactly? I’ll give you an example: If you have a rounded face and decided to go for a rounded frame that accentuates this, that’s okay! Just consider other elements.
If you’re fair skinned with light hair and eyes then light, translucent or thin metal frames will complement this. One rule broken and another one followed can create an edgy look instead of a car crash!
If you’re unsure and need some help finding your perfect eyewear, speak to an eyewear stylist & expert at Loxley
BUT what else should you consider?
We’re well aware there’s more to you than your face shape! and therefore much more to consider when working out what pair of glasses screams (or whispers for the more demure) YOU!
So it’s time to look further into what makes you unique…
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