Eyeglasses aren’t just practical; they can make a fashion or personality statement as well. Before purchasing your next pair, consider a few guidelines on how to pick the right eyewear for your facial shape and personal style.

The first thing to consider is the type of frames that will best express your style and individuality. Are you looking for frames that are trendy and unique that will show off your modern flair or are you looking for classic frames that will never go out of style? You should look upon glasses as an accessory ensuring that the color of your frames compliments your wardrobe, jewelry and hair color as well highlighting what is often your best feature: your eyes.

Your Shape, Your Style; Most eyewear style mavens fall into one of four face-shape categories: square, round, heart, or oval. Choose the category that best describes your shape, and get helpful tips for finding the perfect pair of frames.

Characteristics of a heart-shaped face include a wide forehead and high cheekbones with a narrow chin. Look for frames that will broaden the appearance of the chin and minimize forehead width. Choose slightly rounded frames that dip between the eyes to break up a wider forehead or frames that are wider at the bottom. Avoid overly embellished frames and top-heavy styles that draw attention upward.

Frame suggestions: Aviators, butterfly styles and rimless profiles.

Characteristics of a round face include full cheekbones and little to no angles, with width and length being similarly proportionate. Look for frames that make the face appear longer and thinner. Choose slightly angular frames that will create a narrowing effect. Avoid round frames or lenses that will exaggerate this face shape. Pick a color that is compatible with either your skin tone, and/or your eye color, and/or your hair color.

Frame suggestions: Rectangles, square, and sporty or squared-off retro styles

Characteristics of an oval-shaped face include the chin being slightly narrower than the forehead-this is considered to be the most ideal face shape because of its balanced proportions! Look for frames that keep the natural balance of the oval. Choose a size that’s in proportion to the face. Avoid oversized styles on petite faces or too-small styles on a larger faces.

Frame suggestions: Options aren’t limited, so ovals can have fun and play with classic or trendy styles

Characteristics of a square-shaped face include a broad forehead and strong jawline, as well as a wide chin and cheekbones. Look for frames that balance out a strong jawline and make the face appear longer. Choose round, oval or curved frames to soften the face and jaw. Avoid boxy and angular frames as the sharp lines will come across as too harsh.

Frame suggestions: Rounded or oval Jackie O styles, cat-eyes and semi-rimless frames with soft curves