Heads-up: Circular-shaped glasses are all the rage now, after South Korean celebrities started donning these once-geeky frames and made them cool again. But before you rush to the nearest optical shop to get onto the trend, here’s a tip: Check your face shape first. With so many styles to choose from, your face shape can make or break the way your new pair of glasses look on you. We offer some tips (and shopping options!) for you to make your best picks.
With such a strong jawline, the aforementioned round-frame glasses are a perfect complement, helping to soften the overall appearance of your face. In fact, anything that is curvy can do the job in balancing out those sharp angles, so you can rock oval glasses or rectangular glasses that sport curved edges.
These thin-rimmed round-frame glasses from Gucci lend a relaxed and retro vibe. Build on this casual look by throwing on an off-shoulder sweater paired with high-waisted denim shorts.
Round-frame gold-tone optical glasses by Gucci, £320 (S$565), via Net-a-Porter
Dark tortoiseshell frames are timeless — they make you look super preppy and are a great addition to your Fall/Winter outfit. Don a leather jacket over a casual tee with ankle boots to give it extra edge.
Round-frame tortoiseshell acetate optical glasses by Ray-Ban, £130 (S$230), via Net-a-Porter
Embrace the 1970s vintage vibe with these silver metal frames. But to refresh your look and avoid looking old-fashioned, contrast your glasses with a youthful outfit like a flirty mini dress.
Round-frame silver-tone optical glasses by Oliver Peoples, S$885, via Farfetch
Black-rimmed glasses are for a serious, business look, so save this one for meetings. This pair will go well with a tailored blazer and denim jeans.
Round-frame gold and black-tone optical glasses by Linda Farrow, S$1,223, via Farfetch
Avoid all circular frames at all cost, as they’ll simply make your face appear even rounder. Go for something that elongates your face shape and plays down your full cheeks. Rectangular or square frames will help introduce sharper and more distinct lines, giving dimension and structure to your features.
This D-frame pair showcases your browline with retro-inspired wingtips that taper out slightly. A classic style in black, it can be dressed up or down any day of the week.
D-frame acetate optical glasses by Céline, S$365, via Mytheresa
Go bold with this pair that sports an unconventional colour. But to avoid any wardrobe clashes, stick to shades of light or navy blue for your outfit, or complement it with something in orange.
Rectangular-frame blue acetate optical glasses by Kyme, S$295, via Farfetch
This oversized pair will make you the epitome of geek chic. Because they are so eye-catching, keep your outfit casual to make them shine. Go for a loose tee, minimal accessories and a messy updo.
D-frame acetate and gold-tone optical glasses by Stella McCartney, £215 (S$379), via Net-a-Porter
These old-school navigator glasses add a powerful punch to your everyday look because of its strong structured silhouette. Give some contrast to your look by wearing it with a flowy maxi dress.
Rectangular-frame metal optical glasses by Victoria Beckham, US$385 (S$528), via Ssense
Congratulations! The oval face is widely considered to be the most ideal when it comes to glasses because of its balanced proportions. You can rock almost any type of glasses, but we suggest going for oblong eye-wear. The geometric shape will highlight your best features. Steer clear of narrow frames which will add length to your face shape.
We’re loving this elegant design that incorporates antique gold temples with clear beige temple tips. Wear a red pant-suit to make these babies pop.
Square-frame gold and titanium optical glasses by Barton Perreira, S$799, via Barneys New York
You can’t go wrong with an all-black pair of glasses. Try it with a military jacket, a black leather mini skirt and a pair of sneakers for the weekend.
Square-frame black acetate optical glasses by Saint Laurent, £205 (S$362), via Net-a-Porter
Don’t say no to coloured frames: If Cate Blanchett can pull off pink aviators effortlessly, so can you! Like Blanchett, go with a floral dress for a playful look, or cast the spotlight on your spectacles by wearing an all black ensemble.
Square-frame acetate and gold-tone optical glasses by Chloé, £200 (S$353), via Net-a-Porter
Slim and delicate, this pair makes you look like a stylish academic without coming across as too square. You know what we mean.
Square-frame gold-tone optical glasses by Christian Dior, S$469, via Mytheresa
With a wider forehead, high cheekbones and a tapered narrow chin, bottom-heavy frames are the way to go as they help to add width to your chin and balance it out. You can also go for spectacles with smoother edges (like oval-shaped frames) to counter your sharp angles. Consider cat-eye shapes — they help to sweep up your face and draw attention to your eyes — or the aviators, which mimic the tapering of your features.
Definitely a statement piece, this over-sized ’80’s-inspired pair will go well with a printed vintage blouse and retro earrings.
Round-frame metal and faux pearl optical glasses by Gucci, US$427 (S$585), via Matchesfashion
Go cheeky with this pair of cat-eye glasses, which add a glamorous vintage-touch to your overall look.
Acetate cat-eye tortoiseshell optical glasses by Prada, US$263 (S$361), via Matchesfashion
This pair will make you look like Tom Cruise, circa 1986’s Top Gun. Complete the look with a green bomber jacket and tailored khaki pants.
Aviator-style silver-tone optical glasses by Saint Laurent, £235 (S$415), via Net-a-Porter
Gold rims with pastel-pink leather arms? We’re sold! It’s a feminine piece that’s good for any occasion.
Aviator-style leather-trimmed gold-tone optical glasses by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, £305 (S$538), via Net-a-Porter
Diamond-shaped faces are pretty rare, with a narrow forehead and narrow chin. Get glasses with soft and round curves (such as rimless ones) to soften your sharp angles. The cat-eye is your safest bet as its up-swept style will emphasize your cheekbones, or go for top-heavy eye-wear like horn rimmed glasses that add width to the brow and balances your features out.
Octagonal and hexagonal shaped frames are the trend these days. Let this funky pair speak for themselves by wearing just a simple white t-shirt and jeans combo.
Octagon-frame gold-tone optical glasses by Chloé, £240 (S$424), via Net-a-Porter
If you’re going for a more matured and intellectual look, this is the pair for you. Valentino gave this classic style a modern look with the addition of gold-tone acetate accents.
Rimless acetate optical glasses by Valentino, US$276 (S$379), via Matchesfashion
Playful and sassy, this is a simple piece that will add style to your spectacles collection.
Cat-eye gold-tone optical glasses by Prism, S$317, via Farfetch
For simple, understated elegance, go for this pair. It’s the perfect piece for a casual weekend brunch with your girlfriends.
Oval-frame gold-tone optical glasses by Ray-Ban, S$218, via Farfetch