Fashionable Frames for Every Face Shape

Eye Health, Featured Article, VSP
on August 18, 2014
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If you suffered the unfortunate fate of wearing glasses as a child, we’re guessing that you’ve been called “four eyes” more than a few times. But in today’s world, far from being a nerdy accessory, glasses have made a fashionable comeback. Style-conscious ladies are flocking to eyewear as a fun and trendy way to spice up their look and complement their outfits. With the right pair of frames, you can even achieve a more youthful appearance. Now that’s a reason to take a break from your contacts!

To get some expert eyewear pointers, we spoke to a team of style experts from VSP Vision Care and bebe, who reveal their secrets for selecting the perfect set of frames for every face shape, plus ways to strike the perfect balance between function and fashion.

Spry Living: In what way can the right pair of frames take years off your looks?

VSP/bebe: The key is finding a frame that fits your face shape and showcases your individual style. While there’s no magic frame that makes you look younger, you can certainly freshen up your look using your eyewear. For example, if you typically wear simple metal frames, try picking out a plastic frame with a pop of color or a unique temple design. It might seem out of your comfort zone at first, but frames that make a statement are stylish and can give you a boost in confidence, something that can definitely take the years off. If you’ve worn the same style for years, a simple switch up can really freshen your overall look.

It’s also essential to have vision insurance, so you can save money on the new eyewear you choose. When shopping for vision insurance, look for great coverage on frame brands and other lens enhancements as part of your vision benefits package. Also, determine whether you can receive savings on additional pairs of glasses. If so, it might be worth purchasing an everyday pair, as well as a sassier frame for when you want to make a statement.

Did you know that vision insurance includes coverage for a wide selection of fashionable frames – even designer frames? Affordable individual vision insurance plans start under $17 a month from VSP Direct. Visit to learn more

SL: When looking for glasses, what types of frames tend to be the most flattering? What styles tend to age the face?

One golden rule of eyewear is that black frames are universally flattering. There are other styles to consider when finding the most flattering frame for your face, such as selecting eyewear that enhances your best features. It’s all about proportion and fit! This means ensuring the eyewear fits properly on the bridge of your nose, so you’re not constantly pushing loose glasses back into place or forcing frames with a tight nose pad area onto a nose with a larger bridge.

It’s also important that when your glasses are on, your eyes are centered in the lenses. Not only will your glasses look well fitted on your face, but you’ll also be able to see better. According to VSP’s style experts, your doctor’s office can help you find the perfect frames and fit them to your face.

There are no particular styles that age the face, necessarily. The key is your confidence! If you’ve got a pair of glasses that you feel good in, you’ll naturally carry yourself better.

Spry Living: What are the best frames for certain face shapes?

OVAL: This is the easiest face to fit because it’s symmetrical. Nearly every frame shape looks good on you!

OBLONG: Round, square or rectangular frames add width—so do details on the temples.

ROUND: Frames with angular lines add definition, and deep colors provide leanness. Create length with rectangular frames.

SQUARE: Round, oval and slightly curved frames are ideal. Think narrow frames too. They soften the jawline while still taking advantage of your athletic look.

TRIANGULAR: Frames with design details and color at the top help balance the face. Try cat-eye or semi-rimless frames.

HEART-SHAPED: Choose smaller frame styles without detail on the temples to balance the upper and lower halves of your face. Rectangular, square and aviator frames are just right for you.

DIAMOND-SHAPED: Top-heavy frames, like aviators, semi-rimless or cat-eye styles with details on the brow line, look great on you.

VSP Direct provides access to a large selection of designer frames, from classic to chic to glam styles (including dozens of frames from top brands like bebe), so you can find one that fits your year-round style. Take advantage of individual vision insurance with affordable monthly payment options! Visit to learn more.

Spry Living: In terms of frames, what look is “in” at the moment? 

As fall nears, you can’t go wrong with tortoise shell and brown-toned glasses. These look great with all skin and hair colors, and they can be the perfect accessory for your autumn wardrobe of warm, fall tones.

Spry Living: What are some styles that are cute yet comfortable?

Bebe offers many frames for all face shapes and styles, but here are three to consider this fall:

Think Color

Add some color to your collection this fall. These lavender, retro frames from bebe can be worn casually or dressed up for any occasion. think colorCat-eye glasses are best for faces with a narrow forehead that widens at the cheeks and chin, as well as diamond-shaped faces that are narrow at the eyes and jawline and have broad cheekbones.

Get Glam

get glam


These tonal colored frames from bebe are great for an everyday fall look. The frame features baguette stone detailing on the temples that make for a chic aesthetic. The lenses are a great option for those with an oval face shape as they balance all facial proportions. Brown-eyed girls may also gravitate toward these frames to highlight their eye color.


No Way ‘Round It

no way round itThese classic-styled, round bebe frames provide a light and comfortable fit. For those who have a base-down, triangular face with a narrow forehead that widens at the cheek and chin areas, these frames will look fantastic. Because of their shape and a hint of color in the inside frame, they add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face. Though the inside coloring is subtle, those with green eyes will notice that these frames make their eyes pop.


VSP Direct is an individual vision insurance product provided through VSP Vision Care, offering affordable and high-quality individual vision benefits directly to consumers. Individual vision coverage includes an annual eye exam with a copayment, allowance for glasses or contacts, and access to the largest doctor network in the industry with 30,000 doctors—all backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. VSP Direct offers the lowest out-of-pocket costs in individual vision care and a typical annual savings over $200 a year.

Insurance policies have exclusions and limitations.  For costs and complete details of the coverage contact VSP at 800.785.0699.

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