A general guide to frame and face shapes
There are five types of face shapes - square, round, heart, triangle and oval. You can determine your face shape by looking in the mirror or seeking advice from a friend. There is no one-size-fits-all definition for face shapes, as they vary depending on the individual.
Here's a short summary of what kind of frame shape best suits each face type.
• Square face - round/oval frames.
• Round face - rectangular frames.
• Heart face - oval frames.
• Triangle face - browline frames.
• Oval face - square/rectangular frames.
These are not hard and fast rules, but they can be a useful starting point for determining your ideal look.
A short guide to eyewear measurements
Traditionally, frames are measured using three main measurements. These are lens width, bridge width and temple length. The lens width is the measurement between the two widest points of a single lens. The bridge width is the distance between each of the lenses; commonly referred to as the bridge or nose bridge of the frame. The temple length is the length of the unbent temple (also known as the arm of the frame) from one end to the other. Although this measurement may sound impractical, it can be referenced for understanding how a frame will sit on your face, compared to frames you already own.
Typically, glasses frames are smaller than sunglass frames; however, this is not always the case. If you want sunglasses that look similar to your glasses, get a similar size frame. To purchase a new pair of frames that are similar in size to your existing frames, the measurement can be typically found on the inside of the temple (arm). Valley Eyewear's measurements for each frame can be found on the product page of each style. On top of the standard measurements, we also provide the overall frame width, the lens height and the frame height to give you a greater understanding of the size of our frames.
If you are using eyeglasses size as a guideline, pick sunglasses that are somewhat larger. To choose the right frame size for your sunglasses, measure your eye and face widths. Match the size of your eyes, bridge size, and temple height to those on the sunglasses.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a frame colour, including hair, eyes, and skin colour, as well as the desired effect. Much like choosing or styling an outfit, these choices are largely personal preference. We encourage you to explore your own style and express yourself with our eyewear.
Matching Frame Colour to Eye Colour
If you want your frames to make your eye colour pop, try choosing frames in a colour that contrasts and complements your iris.
Matching Frame Colour to Hair Colour
We encourage you to try a frame colour that either matches or contrasts the tone of your hair. For black hair, most colours will always work. For other hair colours, try experimenting with green and red frames, neutral frames or classic tortoiseshell, depending on your outfit, personal style or simply what you think looks good. The main thing to think about is whether you want your frames to make a statement or complement your look. From there, choose a frame that helps you express yourself.
Matching Frame Colour to Skin Tone
Picking your frame colour based on your skin tone is all about personal taste. You may want to try matching, or contrasting - it’s really up to you! Valley is all about encouraging customers to discover their own style, and that requires experimentation. Ask yourself whether you want your frames to help you stand out, or have them complement the rest of your style. Once you know that, you can start building a collection of frames that shows the world your personal flair!