Eye Glasses Frame Shapes

Eyeglasses Frame Shape

There are thousands of subtle differences among eye glasses frame shapes and eyeglasses frame sizes.  The shape and size of the eye glasses frame usually depends on your choice, based on what you think looks good on your face.  Only in a few cases does the prescription restrict the shape and size of an eye glasses frame.  Follow this link to read more about right size glasses, and choosing glasses for your face shape.

Eyeglasses Frame Shapes

Whether an eye glasses frame is basically rectangular or oval is in the eye of the beholder. There are thousands of gradations and subtleties, and in the end it really doesn’t matter what you call an eyeglasses frame’s shape, what is important is whether you like it on your face or not. Rectangular frames are somewhat squared off in their appearance.   Modified rectangles are rectangles with softened corners.  Oval frames have curves rather than lines in the outline. Most designer eye glasses frames have  either round or oval shapes.

Round eyeglasses

One of the most classic (but hard to find) eye glasses frame shapes is the round eyeglasses frame. Round eyeglasses frames are perfectly round. We have created our own line of round titanium eyeglass frames, using German spring hinges, that is a terrific value considering the high quality of the frame. Follow this link to see our round eyewear collection.

Panto eyeglasses

The “panto” or "P3" eye glasses frame shape gets its name from the eyewear  manufacturers, and it refers to a classic style that falls between oval and round. The top of the frame is round and flattish, and the bottom of the frame is round but slightly pointed.

Aviator eyeglasses

The Aviator eyeglasses frame shape is named after WWII aviators who wore eye glasses frames with a distinctive shape. Each eye has a tear drop shape, with a diagonal cut from the nose down to the cheeks.

Cat Eye eyeglasses

Cat eye eyeglasses frames are slightly pointed at the sides by the ears. The eye glasses frame is elongated. They were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

Half-Eye eyeglasses

Half-Eye eyeglasses frames are designed to sit lower on the wearer’s nose, allowing the wearer to look over the top of the lens easily. Half eye eyeglasses frames are designed to be used as reading glasses.

Eyeglass frames and your face shape

Facial coloring and face shape are two important factors to consider when choosing appropriate eyeglasses frames. The first step is to determine your face shape (oval, round, rectangular, etc).   Follow this link to read more about eye glasses and face shape.

Eye glasses frame shapes can be used to accentuate or de-accentuate your facial features, depending on how you choose to express your personality. For example, if your face is basically round, round glasses would reinforce that look, and rectangular glasses would reduce the round-lookingness of your face.

Eye glasses frame coloring works the same way; you choose the frame color to either match or contrast with skin and hair tone, eye color, jewelry, and clothing colors. The degree to which you match or contrast will contribute to the expression of your personality and your look.

Eyeglasses frame sizes

For any person, there is no one right size of eye glasses frame. Your face can accommodate a wide variety of frame sizes and most eye glasses frames will work for most people. As a result, you should focus most on how the glasses look on your face; when you find glasses that look good, in most cases the glasses can be adjusted to fit your face.  For more information, follow this link to learn about eyeglasses frame sizes.

The rule of thumb is that the total width of the eye glasses frame front all the way across, including the endpieces, should be similar to the width of your head. This will allow for the optimum proportion of the glasses to the head, and for the best comfort. Follow this link to get sizing information about glasses.

In order to understand why any frame size will work for you, you need to look at what size means; size in glasses is a very different concept than size in shoes or clothing.  Eye glasses lenses are custom made according to your prescription, PD, and the frame.  So, whatever frame you pick, the lenses can be made for that frame to accommodate your prescription.

Eyeglasses Categories

There are many different types of prescription glasses that are out there.  For example,  there are rimless eyeglasses, titanium eyeglasses, plastic eyeglasses, and flexible eyeglasses.  You can also get eyeglass frames with sunclipsclip on sunglasses attachments to turn regular eyeglasses into prescription sunglasses.

Designer eyeglasses are worn by celebrities and by us common folk.  Visit our Celebrity Eyewear section to see what the stars are wearing.  Or, browse our most popular eyeglasses to see what everybody else likes.



Linda Allen

Linda Allen wrote on 01/06/14 9:10 PM

I would like to order the Michael Kors MK 228M glasses/frame. Material: plastic ,frame color: black / tortoise size 54-18-140 would that be the same thing you guys advertise as 54-0-140 B79 . What does the B79 stand for?

Sincerely Ms.Allen

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