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MWD: THE FRAMES THAT FLATTER

21.01.14

Having transcended associations with bookishness and subsequently geek chic, a pair of natty spectacles are now a bona fide part of a stylish man’s arsenal of accessories. Tortoiseshell or jet black, rounded or unapologetically square, choosing the right pair of glasses isn't just a matter of taste; it’s crucial to pay due attention to the shapes and colours which will balance your face.

ROUNDED GLASSES

Whether you take your cue from Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch or John Lennon’s signature shades, round glasses have a vintage charm that will appeal to aficionados of classic style. Perfect for balancing angular features, round glasses are at their most stylish when worn in tortoiseshell, black or brown.

Best worn on: Oval, Square, Oblong or Heart face shapes.

SQUARE GLASSES

Ideal for wearing as an antithesis to a round face’s soft lines, square, boxy glasses are perfect for adding sharp definition to your face. Proving that strong-jawed, chiselled types don’t have all the luck, angular shades are easiest to carry off for those with less sharply defined features.

Best worn on: Oval, Heart and Round face shapes.

OVERSIZED GLASSES

Not just useful for making a statement, wide, oversized frames balance larger face shapes. Best for breaking up the length of a long face, oversized frames add proportion and width to a narrow visage.

Best worn on: Square, Oval and Oblong face shapes.

WHICH COLOUR OF GLASSES?

Although black and tortoiseshell frames have a tendency to be near universally flattering, as a general rule of thumb the hue of your opticals should provide contrast to your own colouring. That means for darker skin tones a pair of brightly colourful glasses may be most flattering, while for those with fairer skin, dark glasses provide the most complimentary contrast.

Heading to sunnier climes? See our MWD on the right sunglasses to choose here.