Choosing The Right Frame



Selecting the right frame can be a simple process with the help of a few guidelines:

1. The frame size should be in scale with your face size.

2. The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.

3. Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).

While most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond, and square. Here is a further description of these face shapes and which types of frames best complement each shape.


A round face is made up of curved lines. The width and length of the face are in the same proportions, and there are no angles.

Narrow, angular eyeglass frames will make the face appear thinner and longer. A clear bridge that widens the eyes and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.


The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions.

To preserve the oval's natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face. Walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow are also flattering on an oval face shape.


The oblong face is longer than it is wide, and has a long, straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose.

To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try deeper frames from top to bottom. Decorative or contrasting temples will add width to the face, and a low bridge will shorten the nose.

Base-Down Triangle

The triangular face has a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas.

The best frame for the base-down triangle face shape are those which emphasize and add width to the narrow upper third of the face. We recommend heavily accented frames, with color and detailing on the top half, or a cat-eye shape.

Base-Up Triangle

The top third of this face is very wide, while the bottom third is small.

To minimize the width of the top of the face, choose frames that are wider at the bottom. Look for very light colors and materials. Rimless frames (so named because the lenses are attached to the temples by only a few screws) are a great choice thanks to their light, airy effect.


Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and cheekbones are often high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape.

To highlight the eyes and accent the cheekbones, try frames that have distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.


A square face exhibits a strong jawline and a broad forehead, and the width and length are in the same proportions.

To make the square face appear longer and to soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.


Determining your color base will go a long way in helping to choose the right frame color. There are two keys to color analysis:

• All people have either a cool (blue-based) or warm (yellow-based) coloring.

• Everyone looks best in his or her own color base.

Eyewear color should complement personal coloring. The main factors used to determine the best color palette are the colors of the skin, eyes, and hair.


Skin tone is the prime element in determining coloring. All complexions fall into one of two color bases — cool (blue) or warm (yellow). A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a "peaches and cream" or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow. (In the United States, cool, blue-based complexions are more common than the yellow-based warm complexions. About 60 percent of the US population are "cools.")


Eye color is usually a secondary element in determining coloring because of the wide range of colors. For example, blue eyes can range from an almost-violet, which is cool, to a pale blue-gray, which is warm. Brown eyes can vary from a light cider shade (warm) to an almost-black (cool).


Hair colors are also considered either warm or cool. Strawberry blond, platinum, blue-black,
white, salt-and-pepper and "dishwater" brown are cool. Warm hair colors include golden
blond, flat black, brown-gold, "carrot" and "dirty" gray.



Once you have determined if you are "warm" or "cool," you can find the eyeglass frame colors that will best suit you. Some examples of frame colors best for warm coloring are: camel, khaki, gold, copper, peach, orange, coral, off-white, fire-engine red, warm blue, and blond tortoise. For cool coloring, the best eyeglass frame hues are black, rose-brown, blue-gray, plum, magenta, pink, jade, blue, and demi-amber (darker) tortoise.


There are a number of ways to determine the proper size for your new glasses when ordering them from our site.

1. You may use our Virtual Try-On feature to see the true size of our frames on your face.

2. If you are happy with the size of your present eyewear, you may use them as a guide to help choose the proper frame size on our site. Refer to the diagram to read the frame measurements found on the inside temple of your current eyeglasses. (If you are unable to read the size, you may measure your eyeglasses with a ruler marked in millimeters.) We list the measurements of every frame in our catalog so that you can compare them for a close match.

3. Come into Frameworks Eyewear and try the frames on in the store. Or visit a retailer near you to browse their selection; if you find a frame that you like, simply note the model number, size, and color and we will order the exact frame for a fraction of the price.

Measurement Ranges.

Please note: The following measurement ranges act as a guideline; however, not all frames will have the exact combination that you may be wearing now. Each person will fit several different sizes.

Lens Diameter Small: 42-48
Medium: 49-52
Large: 53-58
Bridge Width Small: 16-17
Medium: 18-19
Large: 20-22
Temple Length Small: 130-135
Medium: 136-140
Large: 141-150

Proper sizing is a combination of choosing the right frame style and then fitting the glasses to your face. Because lenses are custom-made for the frames you’ve selected and for your particular prescription, the lenses will always be in the perfect place in front of your eyes, no matter which size frame you choose.

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