If you have an oval face, you’ve won the jackpot when it comes to having glasses options. Your balanced features make a perfect canvas for virtually any frame shape.
Still, it can help to have some direction when shopping for a new pair of specs. This guide will help you understand how different frame shapes complement your oval face and open your eyes to styles you might not have otherwise considered.
We’ll get to the frame shapes shortly, but first, let’s cover some basics.
How to Determine If You Have an Oval Face Shape
Oval faces are very common and can be found on celebrities like Olivia Munn, Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, and Kelly Rowland.
You likely have an oval face if:
- Your face is about twice as long as it is wide
- Your face narrows slightly at the forehead and chin
- Your forehead is about the same width (or slightly wider) than your jawline
- You have a rounded or squared jawline
- You have a rounded chin
- Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face
- Your face resembles an upside down egg (don’t worry, this is a good thing!)
It can help to look at a picture of yourself, as this can often make it easier to visualize these features (compared to looking in a mirror).
Of course, the above characteristics are simply generalizations—you don’t need to meet all of the above criteria to deem your face oval-shaped. Use your best judgment, but don’t sweat it too much.
Best Glasses Shapes for Oval Faces
So, you’ve determined you have an oval face—congrats! You can pull off pretty much any frame style that catches your eye. The “downside?” Having so many options can make choosing a pair (or pairs) of glasses a challenge.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Below you’ll find explanations for how various frame shapes compliment oval faces.
Use this information (along with your personal preferences, of course!) to find a stylish pair of prescription glasses that make you look and feel your best.
The combination of rectangular glasses and an oval face is a great example of “opposites attract.” This frame shape showcases sharp angles, straight lines, and lenses that are wider than they are long—the complete opposite of your facial features.
This offers the perfect juxtaposition of your soft features, giving you a powerful, refined look that will inspire confidence.
Like rectangular frames, square glasses work well with oval faces due to their clean, balanced angles. Square frames, however, add even more contrast, dimension, and structure than rectangular frames. This is thanks to their boxy shape, which stands out on a long face.
Try this style for a chic, sophisticated look that’s extremely versatile.
Think people with oval faces can’t pull off round frames? Think again! While the two shapes are similar, they’re different enough to create the perfect touch of contrast—all while giving you a stylish, retro look!
Experiment with thick and thin round frames to see which style you like best.
Cat Eye Glasses
Looking for a trendy, timeless frame shape that complements your oval face? Consider cat eye glasses.
Featuring upswept corners and gently rounded lenses, this style draws attention to the best features of an oval face (we’re looking at you, cheekbones). Their fun, flattering angles also add a nice touch of dimension to the soft curves of oval faces.
The aviator style isn’t just for sunglasses anymore. This uber-trendy frame shape has crossed over to eyeglasses and makes a great choice for those with oval faces.
Characterized by teardrop-shaped lenses, a flat browline, and a double bridge, aviators make a statement without overpowering your soft facial features.
Crystal doesn’t refer to the shape of the glasses, but rather clear, see-through frames. This style is being embraced by many for the way they make eye colors pop and go with basically any outfit.
Crystal glasses keep your oval face front and center, letting your features shine through while adding some subtle (yet somehow also bold) flair to your look.
Styles That Might Not Jive as Well with Oval Faces
While you’re ultimately the boss of your style, there are a couple of frame types that might not mesh with your oval face shape as well as the above options.
- Oversized frames: In some cases, oversized frames can drown out your facial features or cause them to look a bit too unbalanced. Again, this isn’t a hard rule. If you see a pair of oversized glasses that you like, try them out! You might be pleasantly surprised.
- Frames that are much wider than your face: If your glasses extend far beyond the sides of your face, it can throw off your balanced proportions. The same is true for glasses that are far less wide than your face.
Which Frames Are Right for You?
From rectangular to cat eye frames, you have virtually unlimited glasses options thanks to your oval face shape. While this can be a bit overwhelming, it’s also a really fun “problem” to have!
While we hope the information in this article gave you some good direction, what matters most is how the glasses look and feel to you. Choose glasses for your oval face that you love, and they’ll surely love you back!
Ready to find your fit? Explore Privé Revaux’s wide selection of high-quality, affordable sunglasses and glasses for oval face shapes and see which ones are calling your name. You’ll know it when you see them!