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The 7 Frame Shapes For Optical Glasses

The 7 Frame Shapes For Optical Glasses

Are you clueless about the types of frame shapes available for optical glasses?

If so, then carry on reading. This short post will show you the seven frame shapes for optical glasses. There are many different styles and variations of frame shapes you can now find online and on the high street. Take a look at the ones below and see which ones you like.

The aviator is a frame with a known history worldwide. A variation of the square frame shape, the aviator style is a very popular choice. Originally created by Ray-Ban for aircraft pilots during WWII, Ray Ban Aviators were later sold to the public as sunglasses. The main characteristic of this frame shape is the straight line at the top rim and slightly curved rims towards the nose bridge. Since its creation, many brands have reinvented the aviator and is one of the best selling glasses frames, for both glasses and sunglasses.

Looking for an Aviator?
Shop Ray-Ban, Tiffany and Victoria Beckham.

Round frame shapes were made popular in 1970-90s, spotted on the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Nicole Richie, and Paris Hilton in oversized frames, whereas smaller round frames were popularized by John Lennon, Ozzy Ozbourne and Harry Potter. The main characteristic of the round frame shape is its 'retro geek-chic' style, popular with hipster trends.

Looking for a round frame?

Shop Oliver Peoples, Ray-Ban and Tom Ford.

A classic frame which will never not be stylish. The rectangle frame is perfect for those with rounder faces. Most, if not all, eyewear brands will stock rectangle frames in their collections because it's a strong seller. The key characteristics are the narrow frames, thick rims and angular lines. Rectangle frames can give the wearer a smart, professional look, which caused it to boom in the millennial years.

Looking for a rectangular frame?
Shop Gotti, Persol and Dolce and Gabbana

A timeless frame which is reinvented every year. The oval style is a variation of the rectangle and round, offering wearers that 'something in-between'. Oval frame shapes soften facial features so it may not be a good choice if you have a fuller face. The characteristic of this frame shape is its elegant appeal; it makes the wearer appear more mature minded and intellectual.

Looking for an oval frame?
Shop Valentino, Vogue and Prada

Another best seller of ours is the Ray-Ban Wayfarer - a frame style in its own right. The Wayfarer is also a variation of the rectangle and square frame. The Ray-Ban Wayfarer was first seen in the 1950s and was popularized by musicians like Buddy Holly. It is a popular choice for those who are fashionable and love retro styles. The main characteristics of the frames are the masculine lines and geek chic appeal. Since the original Wayfarer has become such a success, Ray-Ban has reinvented the style to create the New Wayfarer and Blaze Wayfarer.

Looking for the Wayfarer?
Shop Ray-Ban

Be on style this year and wear a Cat-Eye frame. Originating in the 1950s and worn by biggest names, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Lame, and Dame Edna Everage, the Cat Eye frame has been historically very popular. One of the main features of the cat-eye frame shape is the horn-rimmed frame which flares out at the outer edges, creating a unique shape which makes the Cat Eye frame stand out from the rest.

Looking for a Cat-Eye frame?
Shop Chanel, Gucci and Bvlgari

The square frame shape is another popular choice among fashion-conscious men and women. The square frame is a leading trend for 2020 worn by the biggest fashion bloggers and celebrities such as Kylie Jenner to Maria Bernard. These angular frames contour the face and give the wearer a contoured look. Browline glasses are a variation of the square and cat-eye frames which has a more feminine look. 70's styling is returning this year, so finish off your on-trend look with a pair of oversized square frames.

Looking for a square frame?
Shop Gucci, Dior and DSquared2

Now that you know which are the best frame styles to go for this year, you can shop our bestselling optical glasses below, and simply add your prescription at the checkout.