Glasses Frame Shapes
The aviator (or “pilot”) frame design features a teardrop shaped lens and was originally created as a sleek and light alternative to pilot goggles during WWI. This style became one of the first commercially popular styles of sunglasses during a time when the war had a large influence on fashion and culture. This style still dominates the glasses market as a popular choice for all ages.
The browline style glasses accentuate the natural browline with a thicker upper portion of the frame and thin bottom portion. This style communicates a seriousness and studious attitude that engulfed the culture of the 1950s in which they were developed.
Developed in the 1960s and piggybacking off of the popular browline frames, the cat eye style sweeps upwards at the far edges of the frame and simulate long eyelashes for a classic and sassy look. Donned by silver screen starlets, these frames have become an icon of glamour and attitude.
If you have a square face shape, you can’t go wrong with a pair of oval shaped frames. The round shape of these frames soften sharp and angular facial features. They are generally slender and come in a wide range of styles to fit modest and bold personalities alike.
Rectangular frames are wider than they are tall in appearance and can add more length to a short face by contrast. Although ideal for round and heart-shaped faces, this timeless and universal frame style is flattering on most people.
Characterized by their circular lens shape, round glasses are an iconic and retro look that few can pull off. These frames vary vastly in roundness and size and usually add a drastic amount of curves to round and angular face shapes.
Equally wide and tall in appearance, square frames are ideal for those with round, oval or oblong face shapes. The blunt angles add some much needed contrast to naturally soft features.
Wrap frames curve around the head to provide extra protection from sunlight on those ever-so-sensitive temples. Featuring flexible arms and a face-hugging fit, wrap style frames are the go-to pick for athletes and active people everywhere.